How Do I Choose the Best Serum?
There are quite a number of different face serums out there, and they all do different things. To choose the right serum for you, you need to start with what it is you want to accomplish.
Do you want hydrated skin?
If you want to make your skin to retain moisture more effectively, you need to choose serums that contain hyaluronic acid. This substance helps your skin retain moisture because it binds with water molecules and holds them in. Your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid; it uses it as a sort of lubrication for your joints, and it is actually your body’s first line of defense against dehydration.
The great thing about using moisturizing face serums is that they don’t feel like heavy moisturizers, but work like one, maybe even better.
Are you looking to brighten up your complexion?
There are many factors that contribute to dull and/or uneven skin complexion. These include excessive sun exposure, poor sleeping habits, and smoking. Sometimes you are just genetically predisposed to this skin type but you can do something about it.
You need to use a face serum that contains Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid). Vitamin C is a potent antioxidants that can help fight and reverse the damage done by free-radicals that can wreak havoc on your skin cells.
Aside from Vitamin C, you could also try using face serums that contain Ferulic Acid. This powerhouse antioxidant is found naturally in apples and has an incredible effect for brightening your skin. Pair these two with Vitamin E and you’ve got a powerful combination of antioxidants to make scars disappear, heal skin blemishes, and give the skin a kind of glow-from-within look.
These face serums work by healing your skin, and at the same time fight bacteria that cause breakouts; this means your skin is actually healing itself every time it sheds old skin cells and replaces them with new ones.
Do you want to get a head start on anti-aging?
Anti-aging products cannot reverse aging, don’t believe what the ads say. but they can effectively slow down the effects of aging skin. Why wait for the signs of aging to appear, when you can get a head start in the first place, right? Your first line of defense against premature aging is sleep, and you could bolster its effects by using a nighttime face serum. These kinds of serums have stronger active ingredients because they don’t have to worry about the negative effects of the sun’s UV rays, and they can also work their magic while you sleep and your body goes on self-repair mode.
Nighttime serums focus on repairing the skin’s cells and promoting their growth, and of course they also keep the skin hydrated and pump it full of the important vitamins and nutrients. Unlike other face serums, nighttime serums are a bit thicker with more of a moisturizer type feel. Don’t be afraid to cover your face with a thick layer before bed.
If you want to get rid of fine lines, look for face serums that contain coQ10. This powerful enzyme fights the loss of collagen and elastin, which causes wrinkles and sagging. It’s another strong antioxidant that pairs well with Vitamin C, E, and Ferulic Acid; all of which neutralize the harmful free radicals that cause the major signs of aging.
As an added bonus, a lot of these face serums also help fight acne breakouts, especially the cystic kind.
You don’t know what you specifically need, you just want to look amazing
If you’re not really struggling with any skincare problems, and your skin still seems pretty fair, but you feel that you can look even better, you should still use a face serum. If you want to maintain your clear skin, face serums containing glycolic acid or AHAs will work. These serums gently exfoliate the dead skin cells, preventing them from clogging up your pores and leave you with a smooth complexion.
Other face serum ingredients that you can look for include aloe vera and olive oil. These help reduce skin redness and also increases your skin’s moisture. If you want even more help banishing free radicals (which is the leading cause of premature aging), look for serums containing tea tree extracts (anti-inflammatory, also brightens up the skin). These face serums ensure that your skin cells are working the way they should be, and also keeps them well hydrated.
No matter what your goal is, make sure to go all-natural. Stay away from serums that contain harsh chemicals, preservatives, or fragrances. These may give your serum a silky texture or appealing smell but will only hurt your skin in the long run.
Whatever your skincare goals are, you will find at least one or two face serums that can help you reach them. However, if you’re still unsure you should ask your dermatologist for recommendations.