Are Face Serums in your home care routine? When you’re time poor or want to manage how much money you spend on your skincare seeking out one magical face cream that does everything is a tempting idea. But even so, there can be limitations and the addition of face serums in your daily routine may help more than you think.
Are you looking for that all-encompassing miracle moisturiser?
Understanding the difference between a serum and a moisturiser will help you make better skin care decisions.
Unlike your favourite moisturiser, a good quality serum doesn’t contain emollients.
Emollients are the ingredients added to your moisturiser to prevent moisture loss through natural evaporation. You’ll find ingredients such as shea butter, glycerin or seed and mineral oils will be high up on the list of ingredients in most moisturisers. They protect moisture, condition the skin and provide a feeling of comfort.
Serums, on the other hand, are usually in a water base with very little oil if any, which means the active ingredients can move freely through the skin layers to penetrate far more efficiently.
Having all your actives in an emollient-rich cream or lotion will slow the transportation of active ingredients into the deeper layers of your skin.
Face serums often contain a wide variety of ingredients to support the skin.
Serums target skin conditions such as advanced wrinkling and sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, dehydration and the discomfort of irritated and sensitive skin.
And while your moisturiser may have some active ingredients, face serums are designed to allow for much higher concentrations of vital active ingredients.
A serum formulation doesn’t impede absorption into the skin. Once applied, the serum liquid evaporates, leaving the active ingredients to penetrate the skin, which means faster, more effective results.
But your moisturiser has all those ingredients?
Sure, your moisturiser may have vitamin A, C or B3 amongst others, which is great for everyday protection and prevention. But the inclusion of these ingredients in a serum formulation will give you a concentrated burst of active ingredients targeting specific skin conditions, such as wrinkling or hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage or other skin conditions like acne and congestion or sensitivity.
Once applied, follow your face serums with your usual moisturiser to provide a barrier to retain active ingredients so they can do their work in providing the skin with valuable nutrition to support the skin health and proper function.
By adding a serum to your routine, you’ll get far better results. Over time as the skin begins to recover and repair it will start to perform as it should, and you’ll find your reliance on emollient-rich moisturisers will begin to diminish.
Here are a few of our favourite face serums.
Cosmedix Define 45G
This is a vitamin A resurfacing serum with a unique blend known as ACP Complex.
Microencapsulated vitamin A allows for deeper penetration into the layers of the skin for an advanced response activating skin cell renewal, accompanied by a mix of alpha-hydroxy acids to encourage better exfoliation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while evening skin tone.
This serum has a unique formula to heighten the activities of the skin leading to skin rejuvenation without causing stress to the skin and prompting the skin to perform as it should.
The results can be impressive.
Aspect Extreme B 17 30ml
If you want to get the best out of your skincare, then including a B3 Serum is an excellent idea.
Aspect has created a powerhouse serum formulated with Niacinamide (vitamin B3) as well as a unique Vitamin B Polypeptide Complex to help prevent dehydration, even out skin tone, balance excess oil while protecting the skin from environmental exposure.
Skin appears plump, radiant and more youthful.
Cosmedix Serum 16 Rapid Renewal 30ml
Serum 16 contains hydrating ingredients alongside retinol to target the signs of ageing while protecting the skin’s moisture and protective barrier.
This innovative formula helps reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, smooth wrinkles and boost moisture without causing redness, dryness or irritation.
Serum 16 Rapid Renewal offers the highest potency, delivery and stability of LG-Retinex a microencapsulated retinol complex to dramatically reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkle.
Loaded with Vitamin E, it’s the perfect way to introduce dry, sensitive skin to a Retinol serum formulation.
Aspect Extreme C 20 30ml
An essential nutrient to assist in the slowing of premature ageing by promoting collagen synthesis and supporting overall skin health.
A powerful antioxidant serum containing Vitamin C and peptides to improve the resilience and strength of the skin and help promote skin elasticity and a glowing appearance.
This serum also contains peptides, botanical antioxidants, and skin energising extracts for environmental protection and reduce redness and irritation.
Syn-Ake, known as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, is a key ingredient in Extreme C 20 and along with Vitamin C reduces the loss of elasticity in the skin and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Active cosmeceutical skincare.
All of these serums are available at Select Skin, or you can buy them at our online shop.
We’ve curated these brands for their high performance and concentration of active ingredients.
If it’s your first time using active skincare or you need advice on the best serum for your skin we recommend getting in touch with us and booking in for a skin consultation.
See you next time,