If you think you have no idea what a serum is, you are not alone. For example, it has a moisturizing feature, but still requires using a humidifier. It may be oily but it is not a face oil. It may be water-based but different from a flower/plant hydrosol like rose water. As you can see, serums can be a little confusing.
Skin care should never stress you out, because from this point of view, it’s considered out of place. That’s why I plan to transfer my knowledge to you by combining it with some research. If we’re ready, let’s start!
What is Serum?
Serum is a skin care product that you can apply after cleansing your skin but before moisturizing it to deliver powerful ingredients directly to the skin. The serum is particularly suitable for this task, as it consists of smaller molecules that can penetrate deep into the skin and provide a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes serums a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns like wrinkles.
So Is Serum a Moisturizer?
We can say that there is no clear answer to this question. So the answer is both yes and no. Serums may be packed with moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, ceramides) to help skin retain moisture. But that doesn’t make them moisturizing in the traditional sense. When we look at face lotions and creams from this point of view, we can say that they are richer and create a better barrier on the skin to keep the substances that the skin needs. However, this varies from person to person and even depending on the mood or weather condition of the person at that moment. For example, most people, regardless of skin concern, use serum only in summer, because the moisturizer they will use on them is too much for their skin. Some skin, on the other hand, requires even more moisture, especially in summer. How Often Should Serums Be Used? The answer to this question also changes in direct proportion to the content of the serum you use. You should shape the answer to this question yourself according to the user guide offered by your preferred brand and your skin needs. However, it is generally recommended to be used in the morning and evening, unless it is a serum that is used only at night and contains acid… What are the features that distinguish serum and face oils from each other? Unlike serums that penetrate deep into the skin, facial oils have larger molecules that can only penetrate the surface. They try to strengthen the skin barrier, that is, the outer layer, to minimize trans epidermal water loss. This keeps the skin moist and plump, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Serums are lightweight products formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients to target specific skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, dehydration and acne. Facial oils, on the other hand, are mostly a mixture of natural oils containing antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Serums can have a thin and watery consistency or a more gel-like texture. The serum is not designed to replace a moisturizer, but rather should be used in conjunction with a moisturizer for best results. The main purpose of facial oils is to increase hydration levels by trapping moisture to prevent skin evaporation. Facial oils support your skin’s natural barrier to increase derma strength. But how should we distinguish between hydrosol (flower/plant juice or distilled water) and serum? Serums and hydrosols are very similar, depending on where they come from in the routine and what function they perform. For example, serums, like hydrosols, are used after cleansing and before moisturizing. This is because they are both aimed at targeted skin care needs as well as simple hydration. But while hydrosols work for the effects of the resulting flower or plant on the skin, serums are more complicated. By adding natural main ingredients such as active ingredients, extracts, they show a more direct and beneficial benefit against skin anxiety. They often differ in texture as well. Serums are stickier and more concentrated, while hydrosols have a more watery texture with a more fluid texture. Yes, all these things are okay, but besides these, serums are more expensive than the other products we have compared above. Why is that? Remember that part I told you about being super concentrated and strong? Since active ingredients are more expensive than thickeners, serums are also the highest-end product in many skincare lines. Many brands offer the product in pump bottles. It has medicine dropper applicators to dispense the small amount you need. As a result, serums take care of certain skin concerns. Due to its structure, it can penetrate the skin faster, so you can get faster results in a short time. Compared to other cosmetic products, they may be higher priced (due to their content), but they provide a more beneficial return on your investment. In addition to all these, it should not be forgotten when using serums that since serums are super strong and concentrated products, it is not always good to use too much. It should be added to routines at intervals such as 1 month after 2-3 months of use. With serums that can be used from the age of 25, you can make your skin look happy and fuller for longer. In this way, instead of preventing the effects that you do not want to occur on your skin for a short time, you can provide continuous repair. And you can start your #skinvestment process or act of investing time and money in a skin product with the expectation of achieving healthy, glowing and supple skin in the future.