In recent years, facial serums and facial oils have become a standard edition in daily skincare. When used correctly and in specific order with other facial products, serums and oils can provide excellent results. These bundles of nature also have multiple uses. Let take a quick look!
What is a facial serum? Just like people take supplements for the body, a serum is like a supplement for the face. The main purpose is to protect or repair specific skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, dry skin, acne, and anti-aging. Most are water-based and can contain up to 70% active ingredients making the serum highly effective to target results. Some of the active ingredients are hyaluronic acid, peptides, retinols, Vitamin C, and glycolic acid.
What are some active ingredients? We list a few below and their specific targets for the skin.
Vitamin C reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps to even skin tone to produce a beautiful glow. It is extremely sensitive to light and air and should be contained in an opaque glass bottle and kept refrigerated to prolong its effectiveness.
Peptides and Retinols help to firm the skin, stimulate new cell growth, and reduce acne scars and blemishes.
Glycolic Acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells to reduce scarring, discoloration, and signs of aging.
Hyaluronic Acid helps to hydrate by drawing water like a sponge into the skin.
When should you use a facial serum? To achieve the best results, serums should be applied morning and night after a facial cleanser and before your moisturizer. A little goes a long way. Apply using your fingers to gently massage the serum thoroughly into the skin. At night, you can use a cold Jade Roller to intensify absorption into the skin.
Facial serums can also be used as a primer before makeup application. Do not skip the first application after cleansing and before moisturizing. Just apply a second light application prior to makeup. This will provide a layer of protection and a smooth matte surface ready for your makeup foundation.
What is a facial oil? Facial oils are used to supplement the natural oils produced in your skin with added moisture. They also provide an added layer of antioxidant protection against inflammation. Facial oils are heavier than facial serums because they are oil-based and take longer to absorb into the skin. When selecting a facial oil, choose ones that are specific to your skin type. Some are specific for dry skin; combination skin and oily skin can benefit as well.
Facial oils consist of two types of basically plant oils that work in harmony, a carrier oil used as the base and an essential oil used for healing and nourishing.
Carrier oils can be applied directly to the skin. When combined with an essential oil it promotes better aromatherapy and higher concentration of essential oils. Nine of the most popular carrier oils are Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Tamanu Oil, and Vitamin E Oil.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated, fragrant and cannot be applied directly to the skin without possible irritation. Eight of the most popular essential oils are Chamomile Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Tea Tree Essential Oil.
Facial oils should be applied morning and night after your daily moisturizer. Dot oil over the face and use your palms to lightly press the oil into the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Applying a facial oil before a cream or moisturizer will block the benefits of other products applied after because the thickness of the oil.
When it comes to makeup, a few drops of facial oil can be mixed with your makeup primer or added to your foundation. A boost for dry skin, is to dab a few drops of facial oil on our face and neck prior to your foundation for added moisture and a healthy glow. In the end, it is your choice and skin type that should guide you in selecting the best facial serum and/or facial oil for healthy skin at any age!
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