Skincare products are getting more complicated by the day. There are so many different products and brands. And even at that good luck figuring out what some of the product names mean without a science degree.
Choosing the right skincare for you can be overwhelming. One of the latest skincare products people are incorporating in to their skincare routines are serums. As if things weren’t complicated enough all ready!
If you have just asked yourself what on the earth are skincare serums and how do they differ from all the other skin care products out there, we’ve got you covered!
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about serums and what ones you need to use for your specific skin type.
So what are serums and what do they do for your skin?
In short, skincare serums are moisturisers yet you still need to use moisturiser with them! Simple stuff (we joke). They are designed to deliver higher concentrations of specific active ingredients to your skin. They basically enhance the work your moisturiser is already doing. As the concentration of ingredients in the serums are so high, the molecules are able to penetrate the skin better and hydrate your skin to the fullest level.
How do I know which type of serum I need?
Choose your serum based on your skin type needs. Choose a serum just like you would your moisturiser. If you have dry skin, opt for a hydrating serum. If you have combination/oily skin you will be looking for a serum that targets problem skin, and so on. Have a read below for the best serums to opt for for your specific skin needs.
Dry Skin Serums
If you have dry skin then we can assume your moisturiser is already your best friend. You can enhance the efforts of your moisturiser by incorporating serums in to your skincare routine as well. If you have dry skin using a hydrating serum will boost your skin moisture levels. Hydrating serums contain high concentration moisturising ingredients. These ingredients work directly on the surface of your skin.
Our favourite serums for dry skin include:
Skin Hits Hydrating Serum With Hyaluronic Acid and Glycogen: This serum is vegan and cruelty free. Yay! The Hyaluronic Acid and Glycogen sink in to the skin to draw and retain moisture in the skin.
Cerave Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Hyaluronic Acid is the key ingredient of this serum. This brings enhanced moisture to your skin within seconds of application.
The Ordinary Supersize Hyaluronic Acid + B5: Once again Hyaluronic Acid is the star. The combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 in this serum by The Ordinary hydrate and plump your skin.
Oily/ Acne Prone Skin Serums
While serums are typically used to enhance moisture, there are a great range of serums that contain ingredients to help problematic skin. If you have oily/ acne prone skin you will be looking for a serum that absorbs oil and mattifies the skin. Such as these:
Facetheory Porebright Serum N10: This serum is light on the skin. It is formulated with niacin amide and azelaic acid. The niacinamide works to reduce the appearance of acne lesions. The azelaic acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help unclog pores and treat acne.
Skinhit Soothing Serum With Niacinamide and Copper: This serum by Skin hit combines niacinamide and Cooper. These ingredients work together to reduce sebum production. Too much sebum leads to acne and increased pore size. The ingredients in this serum combat the side effects of too much sebum on your top skin layer.
Anti-Acne Serum by Mario Badescu: A powerhouse serum that contains proven acne fighting ingredients to help rid your skin of impurities.
Revolution Skincare: Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid: Salicylic Acid is known for it’s ability to fight off spots and improve problematic skin. The Serum also contains Witch Hazel which helps soothe skin that has become irritated as a result of acne and blemishes.
Normal To Combination Skin Serums
You don’t need to have specific skin problems to use a serum. If your skin is normal – combination and you are just looking to get healthier looking skin, serums are a great way of achieving healthy and fresh looking skin. Try some of these:
Skinhit Brightening Serum With Vitamin C and Peptides: This serum by Skinhit will leave you with glowing skin. Vitamin C and Peptides are used to brighten the skin and boost radiance.
Rituals Vitamin C Natural Booster: The incorporation of Vitamin C in this serum by Rituals boosts your complexion, leaving you with radiant skin.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10%: This serum even outs skin tone and incorporates Hyaluronic Acid to improve and retain moisture in the skin.
Pigmented Skin Serums
If you are looking to reduce redness in your skin then look no further than skincare serums. Take a look at these serums that improve your over all skill complexion:
Exaglow Serum S10: Formulated with tranexamic acid, vitamin C and Liqourice to smooth rough areas and reduce pigmentation.
Rituals Niacinamide Natural Complexion Booster: This one suits skin types but in particular if you are looking to reduce redness and smooth out complexion.
Have you tried any of these skin serums before?
Now that you know all there is to about skincare serums why not have read up about skincare acids?