Face Serum: The Magic Potion to Add to Your Skin Care Routine
When serums arrived on the market, they started a little revolution in our skin care routine. With a serum, you are giving yourself a fighting chance to keep your beautiful, young skin.
Its texture is perfect for a cosmetic: it is thinner than a cream, penetrates the skin in the blink of an eye and leaves a silky finish. Its benefits don't stop there: this airy texture works with the skin and allows the active ingredients to move quickly towards the cells and do their job.
Even though it may seem this way, there is nothing magic about the benefits of serums; they just contain less water than a cream and more active ingredients. Serums are twice as concentrated as creams.
Although, when they first arrived on shelves, it was recommended to use serums as a cure (especially at the change of seasons), now they can be used preventatively and as part of our daily skin care routine.
Apply it to clean, dry skin and let it sink in, gently rubbing and patting your skin. Then, after a few minutes, finish off with a moisturising cream, ideally from the same skin care range for the perfect synergy.
You can repeat this in the evening, before your night cream.
The anti-aging serum is an essential part of our beauty regime, it is packed with active ingredients and wonderfully effective. What are the secrets of the serum?
# A dose of hydration
The first thing a serum does is load the skin with water and, as we all know, hydratationis the key to beautiful skin. Its richness in watery compoments makes the serum ultra light and allows optimal and fast absorption of active ingredients. Consequently, all other active ingredients in the moisturizing serum have to be hydrosoluble (they must dissolve in water). Serums have a high concentration of hydrating ingredients such as glycerin or high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. One dose of hydration = soft, supple, fresh skin
# Anti-wrinkle active ingredients and volume filler
Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, obtained by biotechnology, works its way through the skin layers. In the epidermis, it replumps the skin with water and volume, but also helps to synthesize native hyaluronic acid by epidermal cells, giving the skin a smooth, plumpy and firm appearance. Retinol (derived from vitamin A) helps epidermal cell regeneration. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxydant which neutralises free radicals. Anti-aging serums may also contain powerfull anti-oxidant resveratrol; in addition to its shielding role, resveratrol also possesses the ability to increase the skin’s natural production of antioxidants. Finally, resveratrol protects skin firmness by preventing deterioration of support fibres. As resveratrol is very photosensitive, you will need to use a sunscreen with it. Use pro-xylane for a total effect. It works on sagging skin, thinning skin, wrinkles and dry skin all at once.
# Dark spot correctors
Niacinamide or vitamin C regulate the production of melanin, LHA encourage the epidermis to peel, and all of them control the appareance of dark spots on the skin's surface.
These make our serums work immediately after application. Silicones smooth the skin surface allowing it to reflect the light. It’s a big family of molecules, some of them are pastes, other are powders, and when smartly combined some lead to “soft focus” properties. .They can hardly be replaced by pearls. The skin is left radiant and glowing.
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