Are you doing everything you can for your skin? We all want to look younger and healthier. What you may not know is the right products to use for glowing skin; there are so many different products and routines, how do you know which one to use? With so many choices on the beauty market, it’s important to use effective products that make the difference for your complexion. That’s why I suggest using a skin serum.
There are a ton of different options when it comes to taking care of your skin. Some people go the minimalist route and only wash their face with drugstore face wash. But this can be terrible for your skin! Drying cleansers, harsh environmental conditions, and natural skin types can make your skin overly dry, itchy, and flaky. Other people go the opposite route and have a 10-step skincare routine, which can render some products ineffective.
It’s important to do what’s right for you. If you are happy with your skincare routine and the way your skin looks, then stick to what’s working! However, if you are noticing signs of aging like fine lines, dryness, and thinning skin, then it’s time to consider what a skin serum can do for your complexion.
What is a serum?
Before you use a skin serum, it’s important to know what the product is and how to use it. With every skincare product, I encourage you to research the ingredients and recommended application. Not all beauty products are created equal! And even if you buy top-quality products, if you use them improperly they can have mixed results.
A serum is a skincare product designed to deliver a potent mix of active ingredients to your complexion. The high concentration of specific ingredients in serums means that you can use a small amount and achieve a big impact. Just as there are many different skin types and issues, there are a variety of serums available to fix skin problems.
Typically, serums are clear and either liquid or gel. They are lighter than other skincare products like moisturizers. I suggest always applying a serum before heavy creams and lotions because the serum will be more effective if applied first. If you wait to apply a serum until after you’ve put on moisturizer or sunscreen, the light formula may not be able to penetrate the heavy product.
Serums are great for your skin
Even though serums are lighter, they are often more hydrating than heavy creams. How is that possible? Heavy creams and lotions sit on the top layer of skin, while serums penetrate the pores to hydrate the layers beneath the surface. I’m not saying to throw out your moisturizer! But I am saying that if you are struggling with dryness, a serum can work in tandem with your moisturizer to deeply hydrate the skin.
Many signs of aging, such as redness, wrinkles, and papery-textured skin, can be caused or exacerbated by dryness. Many serums contain topical antioxidants such as vitamins A,C, and E. You’ve heard that antioxidants are good for you (my rationale for eating blueberry pancakes!), and it’s true. Antioxidants are good to ingest in food and to use in topical treatments to fight against free radical damage. Serums can also contain topical retinols and ingredients that will help even out skin tone.
It’s no doubt that skin serums are great for skin. Check the label of your serum to see what you’re using!
How do you pick a serum?
There are a ton of serums out there, which is why it’s helpful to have a professional opinion. I encourage you to do your own research and investigate products to find what’s best for your complexion. You can also follow my recommendations for specific issues that serums can fix. Take note of what skincare problems you are trying to solve (such as turning back the clock!) and find a serum that addresses that issue.
Once you understand the ingredients to look for, you will have a better idea of what products are effective. There are many different types of serums out there, so let’s explore!
Antioxidants help protect your skin from environmental damage and repair existing signs of aging. Free radicals cause your skin to break down and lose its youthfulness, but antioxidants can help slow down that process. Antioxidants can help repair fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging while preventing new issues from cropping up. Antioxidants bind themselves to free radicals, which means they cannot bounce around and cause damage.
HD Total Antioxidant Serum can visibly improve the look and feel of your skin. It contains vitamin E and green tea extract. Keep in mind that “of all the antioxidants known to mankind, the components of green tea are the most potent”. That means you are getting a powerful dose of antioxidants with every application of HD Total Antioxidant Serum! It offers oxygen free radical protection, skin tone rebalancing, anti-inflammatory properties and help protecting the skin from damage to the extracellular matrix, including collagen and elastin.
You may think that hydrating serums are only for people with severely dry skin. While hydrating serums are important for people with naturally dry complexions, they can also help those with oily skin. They can even be used by people with acne-prone skin!
If you are seeing regular breakouts on your face, a hydrating serum like HD Revitalize 7 in 1 Rejuvenator can help to reduce blackheads and breakouts, as well as improving the overall appearance of your pores.
How does it work? With the finest natural ingredients! HD Revitalize contains 3% vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant and skin-brightening collagen-booster is 8 times stronger than L-ascorbic acid. It also helps reverse sun damage by shielding your skin from harmful UVA and UVB exposure. In addition to vitamin C, this skin serum also contains lilac stem cells, marine algae extract, and undaria algae extract. These ingredients help rejuvenate the skin, reactive your genes, reduce wrinkles, and help you look more youthful. Every time you put on HD Revitalize you are treating your skin to a buffet of the finest ingredients.
Color Correcting Serums
As we age, hyperpigmentation can become more frequent. You may see dark spots appear on your face, neck, or hands. These discolored areas may be grey, brown, or black, and can create crises in confidence. Luckily, there are color-correcting serums that can help even out skin tone and banish dark spots.
If hyperpigmentation is a concern, be sure to look for a serum containing vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that can lessen the appearance of dark spots and protect your skin from further damage from the sun.
How to use serums
Now that you’ve picked the right serum for your skin type, it’s important to know how to apply it. Typical instructions are to apply the serum in the morning and in the evening, after washing your face and before applying moisturizer. Apply a dime-sized portion all over your face and neck.
With some serums, you may start with once daily and work your way up to twice daily as your skin adjusts. Read the specific instructions on your product to see what is recommended.
Remember that you may see results immediately. Your skin may improve within just a few days! And it might not. It can take several weeks to really see a change in your skin. Have patience with a new product and wait to see what happens. Once you find the right skin serum, you won’t regret spending the time to perfect your routine.
Are you worried about new signs of aging appearing? A skin serum can help fix a multitude of complexion issues, from dullness to fine lines. My advice is to identify what skin problems you would like to fix and find a serum that contains active ingredients that can help. Need assistance choosing? The experienced team at HD Beauty is happy to guide you towards products that will make your skin glow!