With new products hitting the shelves every day, getting started on a skin care journey isn’t always straightforward.

From cleansing and toning to moisturizing, modern skin care routines seem to involve endless products and steps that are hard to fit into a daily schedule. Nevertheless, finding your go-to products is worth it. With the right essentials, you can land on a routine that works best for your skin and lifestyle.

Today, we’re talking serums. These holy-grail products can make a major difference in your skin care. Want to know whether they’re right for you? Keep reading to learn more about serums and their benefits.

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What are serums?

Serums are essentially supercharged skin care products, made to target a specific concern. For example, if you are looking for smoother skin, then you could choose a product that contains retinol and HSA. If you’re hoping to improve acne, then you could opt for a serum that contains salicylic acid. Depending on what you’re shopping for, you can find a serum that addresses a particular skin care issue.

Why are serums important?

Serums tend to be highly concentrated, and each ingredient has been selected for its specific properties. Standard skin care items like cleansers and moisturizers are somewhat “all purpose” in comparison.

How are serums used?

Serums are designed to be used after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. This way, their concentrated ingredients are applied directly to clean skin, which helps with absorption.

Can you apply moisturizer over a serum?

It depends! Check the packaging for further advice regarding each product that you purchase. Many serums work fine with moisturizer applied over them. It’s helpful to give the serum five to ten minutes to sink in before adding a moisturizer on top.

When should serum be applied?

Most product descriptions indicate when it’s best to apply the serum; some are designed for daytime, others should be left on overnight. Serums that are applied at night tend to be the most effective, as they have a long, uninterrupted period to work their magic.

How can I remove serums in the morning?

Serums typically remove with regular cleansing products. For thicker serums, you may need to exfoliate to ensure they are fully removed. In those cases, try conventional facial scrubs or more advanced chemical exfoliating options. (Your needs will depend on your skin. Check with a dermatologist to discuss the best options for you.)

Are serums necessary?

With all the potential benefits serums have to offer, could you manage without them?

Absolutely! Going without a serum isn’t going to harm your skin. However, if you have a specific issue that you’d like to address, serums are worth including in your general skin care routine. They provide a targeted boost, capable of delivering impressive results that the standard cleanse-tone-moisturize routine can’t match.

Conclusion

Ready to elevate your skin care to the next level? Serums can give your skin some extra TLC.

If you’re looking for new products, serums are great options to try out. With a variety of benefits depending on your concerns, these products can become a staple in your routine.


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