Cleanser, sunscreen, and a quality moisturizer are all crucial steps to great skin, but another ingredient will ensure a selfie-worthy glow: serum. Available at a steeper price than your average foaming cleanser and in a range of confusing iterations from clarifying to antioxidant, serums may be the most perplexing skincare product on the market. However, they are also produce the most noticeable results with consistent usage, and may be one of best non-invasive preventative measures against aging, sun damage, and other skin woes. But what is a serum, and how do they produce such remarkable improvements in your skin?
While the supposedly beneficial cleansers stay on your face for a matter of seconds, many moisturizers hydrate your skin’s epidermis but not much else, and sunscreen is more of a protective barrier against UV rays than a true remedy against skin issues, a serum actively targets your skin concerns with a cocktail of hard-working ingredients. Serums are typically thin solutions with low viscosity which are meant to reach far below the skin’s surface with a mix of active ingredients. The ingredients in a serum work to address one or several skin concerns from dryness to dark spots.
Facial serums aren’t meant to replace any one step of your skincare regimen, but rather to enhance its positive effects. After cleansing, several drops of serum may be lightly tapped onto the face, followed by sunscreen, moisturizer, and whatever other products you use on a daily basis.