How to deal with problem skin with serums?
| 25 November 2021
One of the most effective ways to combat imperfections is a serum for problem skin. If you know what acne, blackheads, oily sheen, and other troubles that are associated with problematic oily and combination skin types are, then you have probably already tried many different remedies to fight such problems.
What are the features of face serums?
Only a few people know, but serums are literally a “storehouse” of usefulness! The benefits of this product for the face, one might even say their trick, is in a large percentage of active ingredients in high concentration. You will not find this in a cream or a mask.
Yet what makes a face serum so special? Due to their composition, these products act precisely and as quickly as possible to solve a variety of cosmetic problems – moisturize, whiten, restore the epidermal barrier, fight acne, smooth wrinkles, tighten.
When you need to solve a problem in the shortest possible time, you cannot do without serum. The high concentration of actives in the serum gives a faster result than a cream. The effect can be immediate and prolonged. You will see a cumulative effect after a month of regular use.
A face serum is a special cosmetic product of a liquid consistency, which is intended for additional care of the epidermis.
The composition of the product is a mixture of active substances, the concentration of which is 8-10 times higher than in any other cosmetic product. In structure, they can be watery, gel-like, and oily.
There are several types of serums:
- renewing (regenerating);
- whitening (to combat pigmentation);
- that fight free radicals, acne;
- based on vitamin complexes, etc.
As a rule, face serums are highly targeted agents. Therefore, it is necessary to select them not at random, but on the basis of the problem that you want to solve. If you do not have problematic skin, you do not need to use it.
How to choose a serum?
Choose a perfect product according to your skin type and the problem you need to solve. There are no age restrictions for sera.
For oily and problem skin, look for the lightest gel serums based on water, glycerin, aloe, and silicones with antibacterial and balancing ingredients.
For dry and sensitive – choose lipid-rich cream serums or silicone drops with lipids and ceramides, which quickly restore the protective barrier and water balance, remove dryness and restore skin comfort.
- Once you have chosen a serum based on your needs, you can start using it. On previously cleansed and toned skin, apply 2-3 drops of the product and spread it over the entire surface of the face with gentle massage movements. This should be done in the morning and evening.
- To enhance the effect on a particular problem area, you can additionally apply 1-2 drops of serum. But there are also special serums for local use, for example, for the area around the eyes.
- After 3-4 minutes, when the product is absorbed, apply the cream to the skin. It is desirable that the cream is from the same cosmetic line as the serum. Firstly, it is adapted for use in combination with serum and is aimed at enhancing its effect. Secondly, it will strengthen the hydrolipidic mantle of your skin, protect it from external irritants and prevent the active components of the serum from evaporating.
- You cannot use any cream that comes to hand. It is very difficult to predict what kind of reaction will happen after mixing the funds. At a minimum, an allergy or a specific rash may appear.
- However, if you are using an emulsion serum, you do not need to apply the additional cream after applying it. These independent serums create a powerful protective lipid barrier on the skin since they contain lipids. For example, a product made on the basis of hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights is applied independently. But gel-like serums should always be covered with cream.
Benefits and composition
With the correct use of a serum with a good composition, it is possible to significantly improve the condition of the skin, namely:
- eliminate dryness;
- normalize moisture balance;
- restore the skin’s firmness and elasticity (by activating the production of collagen and elastin);
- regulate microcirculation and cell regeneration;
- relieve inflammation and irritation of the skin;
- normalize sebum production;
- have a vasoconstrictor and antioxidant effect;
- reduce hyperpigmentation;
- remove traces of acne or acne;
- smooth out superficial wrinkles and prevent the appearance of new ones;
- protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation.
An important role in the performance of these tasks depends on the composition of the whey. It should not contain synthetic components – only natural substances. The list of desirable components includes vitamin B, C, E, peptides, ceramides, glycerin, retinol, phloretin, ferulic, ascorbic, glycolic, AHA-, BHA- acid, rose extract, aloe vera, propolis, peony, algae, green tea, cyathea, flax, licorice root, lactobacilli, hyaluronic acid (high molecular weight, fragmented, encapsulated). As a rule, one whey contains from 2 to 4 components with a high concentration.