Everything you need to know about serums

Everything you need to know about serums

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In the world of skin care, there is a wide range of products available to nourish and protect our skin. One very well-known and effective type of product are serums. These powerful elixirs are packed with active ingredients and offer enormous benefits to the skin. Let's discover together what exactly serums are, why they are so important in your skincare routine and how best to use them.

What is a serum?

A serum is a concentrated formula that is rich in active ingredients and penetrates deeply into the skin. Compared to creams or lotions, serums have a different texture and contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. This makes serums extremely suitable for addressing specific skin problems.

  • Texture: Serums have a light texture and do not leave a sticky film on the skin
  • Concentration: Serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than creams, for example.
  • Sun protection (SPF): Serums do not contain SPF. Therefore, do not use a serum to replace a day cream with SPF.

Why should you use a serum?

Serums offer a powerful dose of nutrients, antioxidants and other active ingredients specifically designed to address various skin concerns. Here are some reasons why using a serum can be a valuable addition to your daily skin care routine:

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How do you know if a serum is right for your skin?

Choosing the right serum for your skin is an important step for your skincare routine. Here are some steps that can help you select the most suitable serum:

  • Know your skin type:
    Assess whether you have dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature or hyperpigmented skin. This will help you target serums that fit your specific needs.
  • Determine your skin problems:
    Make a list of the specific skin problems you face, such as fine lines, dark spots, dryness or blemishes. This will help you select a serum with the right active ingredients.
  • Read the ingredient list:
    Study the serum's ingredient list. Look for active ingredients known to address your specific skin concerns.
  • Pay attention to the concentrations:
    Look at the concentration of the active ingredients. Some serums have higher concentrations than others. If you are new to a particular ingredient, start with a lower concentration to avoid any irritation.
  • Test it on a small area:
    Always do a patch test before applying a new serum to your entire face. Apply a small amount to a discrete area, such as your wrist, to check for any allergic reaction or irritation.
  • Consistency in your routine:
    Choose a serum that suits your lifestyle and fits consistently into your daily skin care routine. It is important to be patient and use the serum regularly and appropriately to see results.

Which serum is right for your skin type?

Choosing the right serum for your skin type is essential to get the maximum benefits. Here are some guidelines to help you select the serum that best suits your specific needs.

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Do you have dry skin? Then choose a serum with hyaluronic acid, glycerin or vitamin E because these ingredients deeply hydrate the skin, retain moisture and strengthen the skin's natural barrier.

Do you have sensitive skin? Choose serums with soothing ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera or green tea to reduce irritation. Avoid serums with harsh ingredients such as highly formulated retinol or acids; choose mild formulas instead.

In this case, the 2% Hyaluronic serum is best suited for your skin.

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Do you have oily/impure skin? Go for light, non-comedogenic serums to prevent clogging of pores. Serums with retinol, salicylic acid or niacinamide can help regulate sebum production and reduce excess oil. As a result, you reduce clogging of pores, reducing the appearance of blemishes such as acne.

Retinol is also great for mature skin as it promotes cell and skin renewal.

In this case, the 2% Retinol serum is best suited for your skin.

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Do you have hyperpigmented skin? Vitamin C serums can help reduce dark spots and even out the skin.

Do you have combination skin? Consider using different serums (on different parts of the face) to meet the specific needs of each area. When choosing an appropriate serum for this skin type, it is crucial to consider the concentration of active ingredients. Start with a lower concentration if you are sensitive to certain substances and work up gradually.

Vitamin C also stimulates the production of collagen. Thus, it is also a suitable serum for mature skin.

In this case, the 12% Vitamin C serum is best suited for your skin.

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Do you have mature skin? Choose serums with Coenzyme Q10, for example, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The molecule is small enough to be absorbed by the skin and cells resulting in tighter skin .

In this case, the 3% Q10 Anti-aging serum is most suited for your skin.

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Tip: RevitalTrax serums are suitable for addressing multiple skin problems simultaneously.

Using serums: Do's and Don'ts

Combining serums can be an effective way to address multiple skin problems at once, but it requires careful consideration. Here are some guidelines for combining our serums:

Vitamin C Serum: Use vitamin C preferably in the morning for protection against free radicals throughout the day. Avoid combining with retinol. Still want to use both serums? Then choose Vitamin C in the morning and retinol in the evening.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Hyaluronic acid can be safely combined with the other serums and skin care products. It is ideal to use it in the morning for an extra dose of hydration throughout the day.

Q10 Serum: Coenzyme Q10 is suitable for daily use and can be combined with the other serums.

Retinol Serum: Preferably use retinol at night, as it can make skin more sensitive to the sun. Avoid combining retinol with vitamin C, as this combination may reduce the effectiveness of both ingredients.

Remember that introducing new products into your routine should be done gradually to avoid possible irritations.Using serums can have a transformative effect on your skin, but it is important to be consistent and patient. Listen to your skin's needs and adjust your routine as needed for a radiant and healthy complexion.

When do you use a serum?

The use of a serum depends on the specific ingredient and the needs of your skin. Generally, it is recommended to use a serum twice a day, morning and evening, after cleansing your face and before applying your cream. Be sure to gently massage the serum into the skin and wait a while before applying your other products.

The chart below shows which serum you can use during which part of the day:

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