For many, the perfect skincare routine involves a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. However, there’s one extra step that many people are not aware of – one that can significantly improve your skin’s health and appearance – using a natural face serum. Typically applied after the toner and before the moisturizer, natural face serums can target even the most specific skincare concerns, allowing you to truly customize your routine to suit your needs.
If you are new to face serums, these are leave-on skincare products that come in the form of a thick liquid. Thinner than moisturizers, serums penetrate faster and deeper into the skin. They contain powerful antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E. They also contain natural ingredients such as a paracress extract which provides immediate hydration and evens out the skin’s tone. When applied before moisturizers, serums act as targeted treatments for pigmentation, wrinkles, and redness. Since most natural face serums are water-based, they are beneficial for both oily and dry skin.
It is no secret that different skin types respond differently to certain products. A skincare product that works wonders for one skin type might do even more damage to another. That is why there are so many options when it comes to these goods. To make it easier for you to find the suitable face serum for your skin type, I’ve made a list of the different types and their distinct benefits.
Free Radical Eliminating Serums
Environmental pollutants such as herbicides, radiation. smog and cigarette smoke can cause free radicals to form in our cells. Free radicals oxidize our healthy cells, causing premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots. Antioxidants are free-radical-fighting compounds present in our body but they can also be found in certain natural substances like pomegranates and Vitamin E. So, natural face serums that contain pomegranate and vitamin E are antioxidant-rich products that have the power to restore your skin. And the best part of it all is that they are suitable for all skin types.
Anti Aging Serums
Collagen is an essential component in maintaining a young-looking face – it is what keeps the plumpness in the skin. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which is why wrinkles and fine lines start to appear and why collagen creams are a must in our skincare routine. Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen production in the body, making the vitamin C natural face serum ideal for those looking to slow down the aging process. Serums that contain pure ribose and acacia gum provide both short-term and long-term firming effects, starting by minimizing the signs of aging.
Just as aloe vera gels can be used to soothe the skin after being sunburnt, aloe vera serums can also be used regularly as part of your skincare routine to help calm irritated skin and reduce redness. Aloe serums suit all skin types and can be used in the evening or in the morning. Green tea serums are another great option to address skin inflammation. Green tea is a gentle, soothing ingredient that contains natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Argan oil is one of the most common hydrating serums on the market today, and that’s for a very good reason. It is gentle, non-comedogenic and suits all skin types. It is commonly referred to as the ‘liquid gold’ due to its skin-nourishing properties. Rose serums are another option that offers significant benefits to the skin. Using a rose serum regularly will help keep your skin soft and hydrated throughout the day.
How to Use Serums
Everyone’s skin is different, but in general, you should give your skin about seven weeks to see how it responds to a new serum routine. Depending on the serum you’ve chosen and the current condition of your skin, you might be able to see initial results, such as a slightly more hydrated skin in just a few days. Dermatologists recommend using a serum on your entire face and neck twice a day – once in the morning and again in the evening, before applying the moisturizer. Apply a thin layer of your serum of choice and massage it onto your skin until it is fully absorbed.
Bottom line is, just like it is never too soon to start being physically active or eating mindfully, it is never too soon to start using natural face serums in your skincare routine as well. Using serums loaded with natural ingredients before you start seeing signs of aging means that you have better chances of slowing down your skin’s aging process and keep it healthy and glowing for a longer period of time. Keep in mind that natural product formulations can vary greatly from one brand to another and many are still made with silicones that are not skin-friendly. So, before buying, make sure that you check the ingredients of the product to see whether it is of good quality. For optimal results, your serum should contain at least 95% natural ingredients.