5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Serum
Serums are packed with turbo-charged ingredients designed to penetrate skin in ways everyday moisturizers simply can’t—and their price tag often reflects this fact (as I’m sure you’ve noticed). For some people, these uber-products are definitely worth the investment: they come with a host of benefits, like smoothing fine lines, increasing firmness, speeding cell turnover, boosting brightness, and correcting discoloration. The catch, though, is that they won’t work as well if you use them incorrectly.
1. Cleanse Well
The active ingredients in skin serums will stick to dirt and dead skin, so for maximum absorption be sure to wash your face properly before applying. Use tepid water—hot water could make your skin perspire which inhibits absorption and cold water will close pores, blocking the serums’ goodness.
2. Apply to Damp Skin
Some say that moist skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin, so apply serum to damp skin after cleansing or mist skin with an alcohol-free toner for quick, deep absorption. Press serum into skin with an open palm instead of fingertips to release active ingredients.
3. Less is More
Serums are super concentrated. To get your money’s worth, use just a few drops or a dollop smaller than a pea. Any more is a hasty waste.
4. Wait, then Moisturize
Serums are not moisturizers. They need moisturizing mates like a day or night cream. To allow serums to fully absorb, apply and wait 5 minutes before moisturizing. Take note: Well-formulated serums absorb quickly and disappear into your skin. If they leave an oily or sticky residue, they’re not doing their job well.
5. Avoid Color and Fragrance
When browsing products, don’t look for pretty colors or pleasant scents—some of the best serums are drab and dull-smelling. An effective serum is loaded with active ingredients to target repair and rejuvenation. No only do colors and fragrances add nothing beneficial, they may even hamper absorption.