A skin serum is an alternative to lotion or cream. They are usually formulated to be lightweight, but super effective for a myriad of skin needs. However, serums aren’t the same as your run of the mill facial creams because the ingredient list is much shorter. You can include serum in a healthy skincare routine, but in many cases, it shouldn’t replace your facial lotion. Getting serum to work for you is as simple as using the following secrets for getting it on just right.
1. Use It Sparingly
The reason skincare experts love serum so much is because they have a higher concentration of ingredients than other skincare products. That means you don’t need nearly as much to get the job done. Most experts will tell you that a one ounce jar of serum should last you for several months. Use just a dab and spread it evenly over your facial skin.
2. Use Your Fingers
Because many serums leave the bottle via a dropper or measured pump device, you can use your fingers to hold it and spread it around. Be sure to use a gentle touch since the skin on your face is so delicate. You don’t want to pull and stretch unnecessarily. Your best bet is to dab the serum in using your middle finger.
3. Put It under Moisturizer
Skincare experts encourage you to layer your skin serum under your moisturizer. That’s because it should be an addition to your skincare routine, not the only product you use. Gently apply the serum first, then allow it soak in for a short amount of time, then apply your moisturizer on top.
4. Don’t Use on Certain Skin Conditions
If you suffer from eczema or other specific skin conditions, serum might not be right for you. That’s because the high concentration of ingredients can irritate the issue and make your symptoms worse. If you suffer from such a problem, talk to your dermatologist before using skin serum.
5. Allow Your Skin to Dry
You’ve probably heard that you should apply moisturizer to skin when it’s damp, but that’s not the case when you use serum. Applying it to damp skin increases absorption, which can cause the serum to irritate your skin. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin. Give your face time to dry and you’ll be much happier with the results of your serum.
6. Use Once per Day
You don’t have to apply serum morning and night like you do with your moisturizer. You can if you want, but since it’s so expensive, you might be happier making the product last as long as possible. Instead, apply it just in the morning or just at night. You’ll still get the results you want without having to restock your supply as often.
7. Keep up with It
Serum is most effective when you use it on a daily basis. Integrate it into your daily skincare routine so that you can reap the rewards of the serum. Taking a few days off from your serum application can reverse the effects so be sure you don’t forget to apply it each and every day.
Do you use skin serum? What benefits keep you using it? Will you give it a try after reading this? Let me know how it goes!