Cleansers, moisturisers, facial oils, exfoliators, cleansing oils… I get it – skin care can be pretty overwhelming! But if you want to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing, you need one anti-ageing product on your side: a facial serum.
So, what does a serum do?
There are zillions of different types of serums out there, but they all aim to deliver the same thing: a concentrated dose of hydration and skin-loving ingredients to plump out lines and help to give your skin a natural glow.
Many facial serums are rich in active ingredients as well as antioxidants, vitamins and oils to penetrate skin, making it feel softer. They also tackle those fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, dullness and large pores that can make us appear older.
So, how does it differ from a facial oil, you ask? Well, serums can vary in texture and serve many different purposes. They can be oil-based, oil-free, and pack a punch when it comes to targeting the signs of ageing. Facial oils are perfect for giving your skin intense hydration and nutrition, so try adding them both to your skin care routine to reap the benefits of both.
Can’t I just use my moisturiser?
Well, yes, but using a serum, oil and a moisturiser will reap the most benefits. As serums are water-based, they’re easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, while moisturiser is vital for hydrating the outer layers of the skin. To give your skin the best chance of soaking up that anti-ageing goodness, it’s definitely worth adding a serum to your skin care routine.
How do I use a facial serum?
After cleansing, toning or using a facial mist, and applying any spot treatments, your skin’s ready for serum. Pop two to three drops on your fingertips, then massage them together and smooth over your face, being sure to focus on areas of concern like crow’s feet, forehead lines, and lines around the mouth. Follow with your facial oil or moisturiser, then finish with sunscreen.
Check out our cheat’s guide to layering your skin care products like a pro HERE, or briefly below:
Layering your skin care products:
Step 1. Cleanser
Step 2. Tone/mist
Step 3. Correcting/spot treatment
Step 4. Facial serum
Step 5. Facial oil
Step 6. Moisturiser
Step 7. Sunscreen
bh product picks: Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Power Peptide Serum, Indeed Labs Fillume Volumising Serum, Puretopia Pure Nutrition Anti-Oxidant & Omega Oils Essential Facial Serum, Vanessa Megan Resurrect Anti-Ageing Serum
Do you use a facial serum? What does your skin care routine consist of?