Talking facial serum essentials today as it is my absolute favorite step in a good skincare routine. In order to get the best results for gorgeous looking skin, you must use a serum! Serums are formulated to target specific skin problems and are loaded with nourishing ingredients that have the ability to penetrate deep within the layers of your skin so you achieve phenomenal results. Unlike other skin products, facial serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients including antioxidants, nutrients, ceramides, glycerin, and vitamins. For example, while most face creams contain only 5-10% of active ingredients, facial serums can contain up to 70%!
As I mentioned earlier, serums are formulated to target specific skin problems. Whether the problem be dryness, dull complexion, acne, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, etc., facial serums will most definitely help. The most common benefits of this coveted product include hydration, increased nourishment, brightening of the skin, and acne prevention. They also aid in strengthening skin cells, which in turn helps to restore natural moisture and elasticity.
So how and when do I use a serum you ask? Serum application should take place after your toner and/or essence, and before your moisturizer. Serums are used in this extra “in between” space to pack in more beneficial ingredients and antioxidants than any other product in your skincare routine. Serums typically have a lightweight gel-like consistency. They will not replace your daytime or nighttime moisturizer, but they will boost your anti-aging results and overall skin health when used morning and evening. However, if you have very oily skin, a well-formulated serum can act as your PM moisturizer.
When first adding a facial serum into your skincare regimen, you will likely see improvements right away as the antioxidant-rich formula soothes and brightens skin. Over the long term, skin will look and feel healthier while signs of damage and aging fade significantly.
Here’s a list of serums that I use religiously and hope to never live without…
SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C: Contrary to it’s name, this treatment serum doesn’t actually contain vitamin C. Rather, it’s a nutrient-rich serum with a mix of concentrated Pitera and Hyaluronic acid which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps to refine skin texture and elasticity. Before we go any further, I won’t do you the injustice of not explaining Pitera and how it’s a true phenomenon in skincare…
Years ago, the scientist at SK-II were on a mission to find the next miracle in skincare. Something that could dramatically improve the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process. In asian countries, they began to notice how the wrinkled faces of the aged Sake Brewers differed drastically from the brewers youthful hands. The scientists concluded that the secret must lie in the yeast that the Brewers hands were in constant contact with during the Sake fermentation process. After a decade, they discovered a single yeast strain that held the secret to clear and youthful skin. This clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, organic acids, and minerals is called Pitera.
I use this particular serum during my morning skincare routine. I rarely come across a product that I believe in more than this one. During my recent travels, I used my last drop of this miracle serum and was without it for 3 weeks. During that time, I started to notice changes in my skin (i.e. dull complexion, rough patches, etc). Within 1-2 days of repurchasing and adding back into my routine, I had at least 4 people in one day comment on how wonderful my skin looked. I will forever be a supporter of this skincare line and its products!
SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum: I’ve discussed SkinMedica products in some of my previous posts as it is truly one of the best medical grade skincare lines I’ve ever encountered. This particular serum is a rejuvenating treatment that hydrates and firms to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and rough texture. It contains two treatments…APS Corrective Complex and TNS Recovery Complex. For starters, APS Corrective Complex is a blend of antioxidants and peptides that improves the skin’s overall appearance. And to take it to a level that we never thought possible, TNS Recovery Complex is a mix of growth factors, matrix proteins and antioxidants that softens fine lines and wrinkles. You are guaranteed to have more youthful skin within a month!
I use this serum during my nightly skincare routine. Typically every other night, as I’m hoarding it due to the astronomical price tag. I likely would have never had the opportunity to use this serum had my doctor not given me a great discount! But now that I’ve used it and seen the benefits, I’m hooked. If you have the funds in your budget, you must give this one a try!
SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex: This serum features a proprietary blend of ingredients that work together to help brighten and even skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots. While this product alone will not get rid of dark spots all together (only laser treatment will do that) it significantly improves discolorations, evenness, appearance, radiance, and clarity of the skin tone. This product truly helps to brighten the skin!
I use Lytera during my nightly skincare routine on the nights that I don’t use the TNS serum. I like to rotate the 2 products as both give me benefits I need. However, if your primary reason for using a serum is to brighten your skin and achieve more even skin tone, it is most beneficial to use this product both morning and night.
The only downfall to serum is the expensive price tag due to the high concentration of active ingredients. But, hey, still cheaper than a face lift right?? If you have the budget in your income, then please try the ones I’ve listed above as you will not be sorry! Here are direct links to purchase these online…
If not, don’t worry! I’ve listed a few other more affordable options below that have proved time and time again to be incredible serums. Most can be purchased at your local pharmacy/drug store. Or you can purchase them here online…
DISCLAIMER: Always test product on a small patch of your skin before absorbing all over. Many people as well as several of my friends are allergic to topical ingredients such as Vitamin C. Do your research and a patch test before purchasing.
As always, please leave any questions or comments you may have in the “comments” section. Would love to hear from you!
Happy serum shopping! Be Forever Young xoxo