How to Apply Serum | Skincare FAQ

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Facial serums are one of my secret weapons for amazing skin. So what exactly are serums, how can they help your skin, and most importantly how do you apply serum? Get ready to dive into the secret of facial serums!

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What are Facial Serums?

Before we get into how to apply serum, let’s start with the basics first. In short, facial serums are highly concentrated ingredients for your skin. This can be ingredients for anti-aging, hydration, and brightening just to name a few. Serums will deliver a high concentration of a specific ingredient so it is super potent. Depending on the main ingredient, it will help your skin in a different way.

How Can Serums Help Your Skin?

Serum benefits can range depending on their ingredients. To choose the best one for you, you really need to evaluate your skin. Prioritize your own concerns, do not just get the one that’s just trending. A majority of serums will not only help with specific concerns, but also help with hydration.

You should wait at least 2 weeks to see if your skin can tolerate the serum or not. Some serums will work a group of people, but not others. If you notice breakouts or increased irritation while using serums make sure to reevaluate. Maybe use a little less, or maybe your skin just does not like it.

Use your best judgment or seek medical advice from your dermatologist. Need a more in-depth view of the importance of serums, read my post about the importance and benefits of a good skincare routine.

Anti-Aging

If you are looking for something to help with anti-aging, look for a serum that has retinol or retinoids, collagen, or even hyaluronic acid. These ingredients will help remove and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinols and retinoids will peel the skin so that you get a fresh new layer. Be careful with retinol/retinoids because they are SUPER powerful where your skin might get really raw from all the peeling. Start off with a super small amount and work your way up. It’s also best if you do not use this every day because it is really easy to overdo it.

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On a basic level, collagen serums will allow your skin to soak up more collagen and which will help it repair itself and make it stronger. Another ingredient is snail mucin. I know this sounds so gross, but QUEEN it works wonders! Snail mucin is a powerhouse ingredient! It will help stimulate more collagen which will help you get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles.

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Hyaluronic acid is also another great ingredient for anti-aging. Hyaluronic acid is used for hydration and will leave your skin looking glowy and plump. This added moisture will help increase skin elasticity which can reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging like saggy skin.

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Some of my favorite anti-aging serums include this Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Retinol Anti-Aging Serum, and Snail Repair Serum.

Hydration

Who doesn’t want super glowy and plump looking skin? Hydration is the key! Hydration will not only help with overall skin texture, it can also help with anti-aging. In the winter or in super dry weather, hydrating serums are so helpful! These serums will help your skin keep in all this extra hydration.

If you have dry skin or you are just trying to protect your skin during the harsh winter months, you might want to pick up a good hydrating serum. Some ingredients to look for include hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides.

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As you learned above, Hyaluronic acid will leave your skin looking glowy and plump because it helps with skin elasticity.

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Glycerin is a humectant, which basically means water-attracting. This ingredient will help your skin keep in the extra hydration. It is really useful especially when you follow a glycerin serum up with an occlusive type moisturizer, which will stop any water from leaving the skin.

Glycerin is also really useful in helping the texture of your skin. For example, if you rough or scaly skin a glycerin serum will help even out the texture.

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Finally Ceramides! Ceramides are an AMAZING hydrating ingredient. Essentially, ceramides will act as a barrier on your skin to keep the hydration in. Not only do they keep your skin hydrated, but this barrier will also keep your skin safe from environmental irritants like pollution and dust. Ceramides are a great addition to your serum and skincare routine.

Some of my favorite hydrating serums include this Hyaluronic Acid 100, a Ginseng serum, a Micro serum, and lastly this White Truffle serum.

*Just saying some products also have Niacinamide, which has some brightening effects. But these will mainly help with hydration. You definitely would need a serum specifically for brightening to see a big difference in skin tone.

Brightening

Need help evening out skin tone or even just brightening up dull skin? Brightening serums can be super helpful with these concerns! The right ingredients will visibly help brighten your skin and make it more glowy!

Good ingredients you want in your brightening serum include Vitamin C and Niacinamide. These ingredients can help you achieve the beautiful bright and glowy skin you always wanted!

My personal favorite brightening ingredient is Vitamin C. I feel like Vitamin C is an effective and one of the safest ingredients for beginner serum users. This ingredient can be used by the majority of people without having negative effects.

Of course, there will be some people with sensitivities, but normally it’s a good starting point. Vitamin C will not only help even out skin tone, but it helps with hyperpigmentation in general. If you have sun or age spots, or melasma it can definitely help!

Vitamin C can be difficult to add into your skin care routine. Check out my post Vitamin C serum, Morning or Night for more info about this amazing ingreadiant!

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Niacinamide AKA Vitamin B3 is so universal! Vitamin B3 is usually great with all skin types, so a majority of people can use it. Niacinamide decreases the effectiveness of dark pigment cells, which is how it helps reduce sun spots or other types of hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide has ceramides in them, which will help with hydration. If your skin is dehydrated, then it will look dull. Adding extra hydration will also help get your skin get glowy and bright.

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The best brightening serums I have tried are by The Ordinary and Dear Klairs. I have used both of these products and absolutely love them! Personally, I prefer the Vitamin C one for attaining that super bright looking skin! I feel like you are able to see the difference right away! The Ordinary one works really well too, but I had to wait longer to see results. It also took me longer to figure out my correct dosing (which is literally 3 drops mixed in my moisturizer).

I just wanted to mention again that this Micro serum, and the White Truffle serum also have niacinamide. But you cannot use these products solely for brightening, but it will definitely help with hydration (which will make your skin super glowy!)

How To Apply Serum on Face

We reviewed what serums are, and how they can benefit your skin. Now, let’s talk about how to apply serum! Serums are very watery and used after your toner and essence, but typically before moisturizer. Serums are highly potent, so if you have sensitive skin or even super dry skin try using a small amount or mix it in with your moisturizer.

Since they are highly concentrated start with maybe 2-3 drops for your entire face! Yes, it doesn’t seem like its enough, but trust me you do not want to over do it.

The first time I used a serum, I thought you needed to use the entire dropper! but NO. I repeat DO NOT DO THAT.

One, your skin needs time to process and accept this new serum. And two, with an already high concentration and large amount, you will most likely start breaking out because your skin does not know what to do with all this extra ingredients.

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Applying serum to the face is super easy! In short, serums are highly concentrated ingredients that will help your skin if used in low amounts. Using too much will most likely cause breakouts. Wait at least 2 weeks when starting a new serum to see how your skin likes it and reevaluate your plan if needed. If you do not see a huge difference, maybe add an extra drop.

If you are noticing irritation, you may want to consider excluding the product from your routine for a bit and start again, but in lower doses. Just remember 2-3 drops should be enough to start out with. Use after toner and essence, but before moisturizer. You can always mix your serum and moisturizer together to make it one step. This is a good idea if you have sensitive skin! And that is how you can apply serum to the face!

Want More?!

Want to learn more about the importance of a good skincare routine. Not only are serums super important, but every skin care step you do has a purpose!

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Want to know how I prep my skin for the winter months? Check out my posts Winter Skin Care Tips, what is a body oil, and Winter Hair Care Products. These are my secrets on how I keep my skin and hair super hydrated, glowy, and luscious, even in the harsh winter months!

Share Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts on serums? How do you incorporate and apply serum to your skincare routine? Have you tried any of these products? I would LOVE to know your thoughts and opinions. Do you have any serum secrets to share? Let me know in the comments down below!

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