A serum is one of the elemental parts of any good skin care routine. That’s why it’s important to know which product is best for your skin type.
We all know the steps involved in creating a good skincare routine, cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection, and I’m sure many of you have developed a skincare routine that is perfectly suited to your needs and skin type that includes different types of products such as serums, creams, oils or gels. A good skincare routine is basic for anyone, regardless of age or gender. The epidermis is an organ of our body and needs to be protected and nourished.
That said, your skin care routine most likely contains some type of serum. Many times we include it in our habit because it was recommended to us or we already use another product from the same brand. We can have good results and the serum can work on our epidermis, but it is always important when choosing a serum to do more extensive research. Each serum is designed to provide benefits to different skin types and solve different skin problems. So one of the first steps is to know your skin and what works best for it. As I have always said there is no better way to get to know our skin than an appointment with a dermatologist, an expert’s opinion is of utmost importance when we talk about our body and health. So if you haven’t already done so the first step is a visit with a skin expert to tell you what you need.
If you – like me – already have a primary dermatologist then we can proceed to understand a little more about what a serum is and how they work. A serum is a product that is applied topically to deliver active ingredients to the epidermis – vitamins, antioxidants, acids, peptides, among others – more effectively and quickly. A very technical explanation and difficult to understand if we are not dermatological experts, but I once read somewhere the following explanation “a serum is like an injection for our skin”, this means that we give a shot of ingredients to the epidermis in a way that they can be absorbed in greater quantity and speed. That said, there are many types of serums and each one targets a different type of problem.
Here are some of the types of serums on the market:
- Hydrating serums: This type of serum helps us to give an extra layer or level of hydration to the skin. They achieve this as their ingredients help retain and deliver water to the cells in the deeper layers of the skin.
- Antioxidant serums: Serums in this category help us protect our complexion from external pollutants – weather, pollution and UV rays – that can wreak havoc such as aging, rashes or redness, among other things.
- Brightening serums: These serums are the perfect tool to restore our skin’s natural luminosity, glow and radiance. Their ingredients help us to reduce hyperpigmentation and homogenize the tone of our complexion.
- Anti-aging serums: An anti-aging serum helps our skin to recover its firmness and elasticity. They diminish and counteract the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles in the skin by increasing the natural production of collagen in our skin.
As we can see there are several options to choose from, and many times we may think that we need two different types of serums, but the truth is that we first need to know what type of skin we have and if there is any skin condition we need to improve. For example, if you suffer from oily skin, the option would be to look for a serum that contains salicylic acid among its ingredients. But if your skin suffers from dryness, the best option would be a serum with moisturizing proteins such as the Night Repair Serum from Spa Technologies. Or if what you want is to improve the appearance of the skin and counteract the passage of time the most advisable is to look for a serum that has Vitamin C, one of my favorites is the Luminous Vitamin C Serum from Spa Technologies, in addition to Vitamin C has marine peptides and algae extract that help increase collagen production resulting in a healthier and healthier skin.
Choosing the right serum helps us to boost our skincare routine and achieve better results. The high concentrations of nutrients in serums help our skin to significantly improve its appearance and health. Serums are essential and the foundation of a good skincare routine. So consult your dermatologist to find the serum that best suits your needs and maximize the benefits of your skincare routine.