Korean skincare has too many steps, to begin with. But is it not worth it if it helps you achieve clear skin like them? There are too many questions about serums. What are serums? Do we even need them? What do they do? And so on.
So today, let's talk about everything serum.
To begin with, serums are a much-concentrated version of all the natural good ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. It adds hydration, minimises pores, treats pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Basically, it is the essential step which takes care of the missed benefits of toners. There are also different types of serums for different skin concerns like acne, dull skin, large pores etc.
In a nutshell, serums are really important because they are lightweight, they are really fast absorbing and they penetrate deep into your skin. So it is really important to choose the right kind of serum according to what skin problem you are trying to target.
Since serums are little-concentrated bottles of magic let's see what are the different serum for various skin concerns.
If you have acne prone skin, you might want to look for a serum with vitamin C, retinol, zinc and salicylic acid. This is because vitamin C and retinol increases collagen production and also brightens the skin. While zinc soothes inflammation and salicylic acid removes dead skin cells exposing new and fresh skin.
If you have dry skin look for a serum with vitamin E, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage. Niacinamide helps in improving skin elasticity. Glycolic acid helps in lightening and brightening the skin by removing dead skin cells. Hyaluronic acid helps your skin to retain moisture.
If you have normal skin without any real skin concerns look for a hydrating and nourishing serum.
If you have dull skin look for serums with aloe vera, cucumber and vitamin A, C and E. These will help in brightening your skin and also soothe it.
If you have combination skin you might just want to look closely to what your skin craves for. For example, if you have dry skin look for hydration, if you have acne prone skin look for a chemical exfoliant and so on.
In the case of serums, less is more. Since they are so potent and concentrated you do not want to go overboard with it. They are targeted for specific skin concerns and must be used accordingly.