First, let’s get the facts straight on what a facial serum is; these beauty must-haves pack some powerful benefits. Serums are formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients and smaller molecules that have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. This particular type of product is what should be used when you want to target a specific skincare concern. They are designed to provide strong results by penetrating nutrients as far as they can go into the skin. Think of a serum as a vitamin for your complexion, the more nutrition you provide to your skin the better it will appear! Serums are not meant to replace moisturizers, because serums do not have as many hydrating properties as moisturizers, they are meant to be used in conjunction with the rest of your daily skincare regimen. The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated. The biggest difference between a serum and a cream or lotion is what the formulation doesn’t include. Serums leave out occlusive, or airtight, moisturizing ingredients such as petroleum and mineral oil that keep water from evaporating. They also contain fewer lubricating and thickening agents, like nut or seed oils. Most serums are water-based, eliminating oils altogether.
Serums offer phenomenal results based on scientific advances in skincare and there is a serum for everyone! Some of the leading skincare concerns include diminishing the appearance of fine lines, repairing damage, brightening, firming and clearing.
So are serums really necessary? Yes! I think everyone is doing their skin a disservice if they don’t have a great serum included in their regimen. They’re the true workhorses of any product line.