Why You Need to Use Face Serums

Why You Need to Use Face Serums

A product from the beauty gods

By Elle Raison | 24th June 2016

Have you ever wished you could wake up and see a massive difference in your skin? The good kind, of course. And preferably without having to lather on loads of products the night before. Well, you CAN.

I know. I know. It seems like this news must have come straight from heaven above. Face serums will be your new best friend, trust me. Once you add a face serum to your routine, you won’t want to go a day without.

Why are face serums so good, you ask? A couple of drops of your chosen product, applied daily, packs a powerful punch. This is because serums are usually full of highly-concentrated versions of everything your skin needs. Compared to an everyday moisturiser, serums have a smaller molecular makeup, meaning they can go deeper and target cells underneath the first few layers of skin.

Always apply serums before moisturisers so that the product is actually absorbed into the skin. A lot of moisturisers act as a barrier between the environment and your skin, preventing anything else from being absorbed. This is great, unless you want something to be absorbed. Using an at-home micro roller before applying serum will also help make sure the product is properly absorbed. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt. But make sure to invest in a reputable brand.

Also, don’t shy away from using face serums if you have oily skin; they can actually help with regulating oil production! If I’ve successfully convinced you to add a face serum to your daily routine, here are some to try depending on what results you’d like to achieve if you need to…

Rehydrate your skin

Dry skin can be a major issue for some of us. This especially rings true in winter when the cold air dries out the sensitive skin around your eyes and nose. Even if you have oily skin, you may need to add an extra hydrating step to your evening routine.

To hydrate your skin, look for the following ingredients: ceramides, amino acids, essential fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, thermal water and Cassia angustifolia seed extract.

Face serums: Hydration

Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum $143; Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum $63; Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Serum $67

Slow ageing

Getting older is inevitable, but you can stop your skin from giving away your age. Slow down the effects of time by using serums that promote cell repair and renewal, keep the skin plump with collagen and give you an extra boost of anti-oxidants.

If you’re after an anti-ageing formula, look for the following ingredients: pomegranate extract, vitamin A, C and E, grape seed extract, rosehip oil, retinoic acid, argan oil, acai and goji fruit extracts, collagen and omega-3, -6 and -9.

Face serums: Anti-aging

Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum 30ml $127; Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum 30ml $129; Immortal Beauty Ultimate Age Defying Night Serum $49.95

Combat acne

WHY??? WHY WERE YOU CREATED???? WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE????? Excuse us, but acne causes some horrid flashbacks. Most of us have had to deal with some form of acne at some stage in our lives. While diet and hormones play a massive role in the condition of your skin, there are some things you can do topically to help keep the zits away. Using face serums with pimple-busting ingredients is one of those things.

If you’re wanting to combat acne, look for the following ingredients: anti-inflammatories such as zinc, aloe vera and goldenseal to reduce redness and tea tree oil and glycolic acid to treat blemishes.

Face Serums: Acne

Estēe Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Solution 50ml $120; Sukin Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil $17.95; NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Serum 30ml $33

Give your skin some TLC just because

Are you one of the lucky people who just have great skin? Maybe it’s naturally glowing, or you’ve put in the hard work and discipline to clear up problems in years gone by. Whatever the reason behind your beautiful complexion, you can still use a face serum for that extra kick in your beauty routine. Here are some great ones to try:

Face Serums: Just Because

Sephora Collection Luminizing Booster 20ml $22; Nude by Nature Miracle Serum $29.95; Go-To Face Hero $45

FEATURE IMAGE: @HARPERANDHARLEY

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Article by Elle Raison

Elle Raison is a former journalist of Style Magazines. With an avid appreciation for travel, food and friends, Elle is always ready for a new adventure, whether that be trying the latest local cafe, visiting a foreign destination or turning strangers into loved ones.

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