Face serums and facial moisturizers go together like peanut butter and jelly—both are way better when used together!
If you’re wondering how your skin benefits from a facial serum, when and how to use a face serum and what is the best face serum for your skin type, we’re sharing it all here for you.
Why should I use a face serum?
Face serums are formulated with a high concentration of key ingredients, but are lightweight in formula so they can be layered under creams or lotions.
Think of a face serum as a booster for your daily skin care program, providing an extra layer of ingredients to the skin for added benefits.
You can also think of a serum like a vitamin for your complexion: The more beneficial ingredients you provide to the surface layer of your skin the better it will appear.
When to use a face serum?
Face serums should be part of your morning and nighttime skin care routine and are ALWAYS applied BEFORE your moisturizer, although they can be used alone.
A full skin care routine includes cleansing, toning, applying a facial serum, and then moisturizer and sun protection.
Two to three times a week you will want to cleanse, tone, exfoliate AND THEN apply your face serum.
How do I use a face serum?
- After cleansing and toning (and exfoliating 2-3 times a week) you want to apply your face serum.
- Apply a full dropper or one pump’s worth of your facial serum to your fingertips.
- Massage into your face as necessary, taking care to only use your fingertips.
NOTE: You don’t want to apply your face serum onto your palm because your palm has more surface area. It will absorb the product that should be being absorbed by your face!
- Follow with a moisturizer.
Which face serum do I use?
The best way to choose a face serum is by picking one for your skin type or concern.
You can also use multiple serums if you have several different skin concerns (i.e. hydration + skin brightening)
Read below as we share the different types of facial serums.
FACE SERUM FOR OILY / PROBLEM SKIN
Do you experience oily skin or problem areas frequently? Then you want to use a face serum with AHAS and BHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids), like Glycolic and Salicylic Acid.
These ingredients will help target these concerns by gently exfoliating the skin. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and grime build up which contribute to oily and problem skin.
My face serum is: Hydra Medic® Beta Hydroxy Serum
FACE SERUM FOR OILY/ COMBINATION SKIN
Is your skin oily on your nose, forehead and chin area?
You want to use a serum that will help control the appearance of oil in these areas, while not drying out the rest of your face.
A face serum with a blend of oil-fighting and cleansing ingredients, including Witch Hazel, Lemongrass, Laminaria Saccharina Seaweed extract, and Salicylic Acid, and hydrating ingredients, including Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract, will help you find just the right balance.
My face serum is: T-Zone Balance Shine Control Serum
FACE SERUM FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Sensitive skin is easily stressed, and can appear red, dry and irritated.
A serum with ingredients, such as Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract, silver and natural antioxidant ingredients of Rutin, Quercetin, Aloe, Chamomile, and Mirabilis Jalapa Extra will help reduce the appearance of redness and dryness.
My face serum is: Red-Out® Serum
FACE SERUM FOR DARK SPOTS, BRIGHTENING, UNEVEN SKIN TONE
A serum is one of the best ways to infuse your skin care with natural ingredients for skin brightening!
Some of the best brightening ingredients include, Licorice Root Extract, Gotu Kola, Watermelon Fruit Extract, Vitamin C, and Diglucosyl Gallic Acid (DGA).
Consistently using a brightening serum in your daily routine can help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone.
My face serum is: BIOLIGHT® Brightening Skin Correct Serum
FACE SERUM FOR CROW’S FEET AND FINE LINES
Crow’s feet and fine lines can occur as we age, but luckily serums are a natural alternative to help reduce their appearance.
Ingredients like Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, and Sweet Almond Seed Extract can help diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and lines that occur on your eye area and forehead.
My face serum is: Vita Cura® Opti-Lift® Serum
FACE SERUM FOR AGING SKIN: FINE LINES, WRINKLES
Do you see deeper lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity on your jaw or neck, or notice your capillaries getting more noticeable. All can be signs of aging skin.
With aging skin, layering your skin care and using a serum and moisturizer is an important antiaging tip.
Ingredients for aging skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Seaweed extracts, Niacinimide/Vitamin B3, Deep Sea Thermophilus, Camellia Sinensis (Green & White Tea) Leaf, Red Clover, and Horse Chestnut extracts help to restore moisture, while lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
My face serum is: Vita Cura® B3 Serum Complex
*In independent laboratory tests, the Repêchage® Vita Cura® Gold B3 Serum Complex has shown a:
- 58% reduction in the appearance of wrinkles
- 41% reduction in the appearance of pores
*Study conducted by AMA Laboratories, Inc., NY, Oct., 2017
My face serum is: Vita Cura® Renewal Serum
FACE SERUM FOR ALL SKIN TYPES / DRY + DEHYDRATED SKIN
Serums rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, and antioxidants will truly benefit everyone.
Every skin type can see and feel softer and smoother skin with a lightweight, oil-free serum made from Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract.
These types of serums can benefit all skin types by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and assisting in maintaining proper moisture balance.
My face serum is: C-Serum® Seaweed Filtrate
Have you noticed a difference since using a serum in your skin care routine? Leave a comment below!