Forget cleanse, tone, moisturise, the current skincare trend is to cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturise –– and face serums are the best way forward. Facial serums don’t follow the one size fits all kind of mantra. They are tailored to suit specific skin types and help treat specific skin conditions. Face serums are the talk of skincare town as they are one of the few skincare products that are concentrated. They get straight down to business, without the extra show. Unlike moisturisers or creams, these little bottles are super potent and work on your skin almost immediately. If you’re wondering how to use face serum, you’re not the only one sailing in that boat. Here’s a breakdown on everything you need to know about applying a serum on your skin, so that you can benefit the most from this powerful product.
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What makes a face serum so special? It’s the fact that it cuts the crap and immediately attends to your skincare needs. Scroll down to see how to use face serum accurately –– no matter what your skin type or concern, layering your serum in this order will help you get closer to your #skincaregoals.
Use a gentle face cleanser or face wash (depending on your skin type) to cleanse your skin from dust, debris, excess oil, makeup etc. Your face serum needs a clean canvas to penetrate into your skin and work at its best, so make sure your skin is absolutely clean.
Apply a face mist or toner to your face –– you can either do it by spritzing some product on your face, or applying it with a cotton ball. This is an essential step, as it dampens your skin and allows for your serum to penetrate better into it.
Finally, the star of the skincare routine arrives. After cleansing and toning your skin, it’s now time to apply the face serum. Always read the instructions on the bottle to figure out how much you need to be applying on your face. If you’re using a dropper bottle it’s usually 3-4 drops and if you're using a pump it’s usually 2 pumps of the product. Face serums are really potent, so always stick to the recommended amount.
Gently use your fingertips to apply the product and slowly start tapping it in with your fingertips. Feel free to give yourself a mini massage while doing so.
Let the serum properly settle into your skin before going in with a moisturiser. The recommended time is usually 4-5 minutes. You know your serum is doing a good job when it is seamless –– this means no oily residue or tackiness post application.
No, you cannot skip this step if you apply a serum. As a matter of fact face serums and moisturisers go hand-in-hand, as a moisturiser helps enable the benefits of your serum.
Wait for another 5 minutes before applying a face oil. This step is usually carried out during your PM skincare routine. It gives your skin that extra boost of hydration. However, you can feel free to skip this step if facial oils aren’t really your thing.
This is a must in your AM routine! Always step out of the house with adequate sunscreen slathered on your face and neck. This’ll protect your skin from harmful UV rays –– making the results of your serum appear quicker and more efficiently.
Looking for bright skin? Then this serum is made just for you. It has a non-sticky texture that provides your skin with a daily dose of vitamin C, antioxidants and nutrients that hydrate, fight ageing, and give you the LIT glow from within. The formula comprises 15% vitamin C and is enriched with pomegranate, licorice, and marula oil, all of which helps fight the early signs of ageing. Plus, the aloe vera and chamomile plant extracts give your skin that extra cooling and calming effect itt needs.
Looking for that extra boost of hydration? This hyaluronic acid serum will get you there. Formulated with 3% highly concentrated, pure hyaluronic acid this face serum helps boost your hydration levels. Enriched with kakadu plum and marine algae, it also has antioxidant properties that help lighten and fade away blemishes and dark spots. It’s the perfect go-to for dull and dehydrated skin as it instantly uplifts your skin.
Meet the mother of all anti-ageing serums –– the multi peptide serum. It has a highly concentrated formula with 1% multi-peptides that is enriched with sweet almond, liquorice, Tasmanian pepper berry extracts, and marula oil. The cocktail of all these potent ingredients will leave you with visibly firm and plump skin, that’s blemish free. Targeting all the early signs of ageing, this lightweight serum absorbs into your skin almost immediately and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
A must-have for anyone with acne-prone skin that tends to look like it’s been to hell and back, this serum holds 10% niacinamide –– the ultimate ingredient for pretty much all skincare woes. It not only helps control the production of oil, but also helps fade away dark spots and pigmentation, redness, and irritation. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, rose water and zinc PCA too, you’ll find that this serum helps soothe inflamed skin, while hydrating instantly.
Turn back time with a serum that’ll make your skin look young and plump. The highly concentrated formula is lightweight and absorbs quickly into your skin. It is formulated with pure 1% retinol, caffeine, and aloe leaf extracts, all of which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while brightening and enhancing your skin tone and your skin’s texture.
Yes, a face serum can be applied daily on your skin. Follow it up with a moisturiser and sunscreen during the day and you’re good to go!
No, face serums do not require you to cleanse your skin post application. Make sure your skin is cleansed properly before you apply the face serum, though.
Always read the instructions on your bottle. Face serums are very potent, so a small amount is enough to cover your face and neck. Either use 2-3 drops from a dropper bottle or a pea sized amount from a pump.
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Make the best out of your face serum and use it properly. Let this step-by-step routine show you how to use face serum, how to make the most out of your product and get the best possible results from it.