You probably have a solid skin care routine all sorted out, and that’s great! You’re on your way to great skin.
Cleansing, toning and moisturizing on a daily basis is the bare minimum you can do. And, as you age, those three steps are not enough to secure healthy skin that is equipped to fight the signs of aging.
If you do not use a serum you should certainly add that to your routine. This blog will tell you all the benefits to adding an anti-aging serum to your regimen.
WHAT IS A FACE SERUM?
Let’s start with the basics. If you do not know what a face serum is, you might be wondering why you should have one at all?
Face serums are a type of powerful moisturizer that have high concentrations of ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C at much higher levels than normal moisturizers.
They are meant for specific purposes such as reducing acne or fighting fine lines and wrinkles. They come in various forms such as oils, gels, and creams, or often have a water-like texture.
Serums contain micro-sized, fast-absorbing molecules especially made to reach places that our regular creams and lotions cannot reach. They are designed to be rapidly and efficiently absorbed into your skin for ultimate results.
These potent molecules enter the deep layers to give you rejuvenated skin. They also provide your skin with collagen boosters, antioxidants, and many more beneficial nutrients that you will not find in your daily-use creams.
BENEFITS OF USING AN ANTI AGING SKIN SERUM
We all know aging is an inevitable part of life. It is unavoidable!
However, with the right skincare products, you can slow down the process. If you are a person who does a lot of skin care, and you are looking to add an anti-aging serum to your regimen, here are just some of the benefits you can expect.
HYDRATION AND SKIN TIGHTENING
When your skin starts to age, you will notice a lot of changes taking place: Dryness and losing the structure and tight texture of your skin, making it loose and flexible.
Applying a serum helps reduce the signs of improving firmness. One ingredient to look for when you want a solution to these problems is rosehip seed oil.
Additionally, serums contain hydrating properties and are an ideal solution for drying skin that might be cracked or peeling. Applying a serum twice a day keeps the moisture intact and defeats dry skin!
RADIANCE AND NATURAL GLOW
Among the numerous things that indicate your skin is aging is the loss of natural radiance. The right serum can help you decrease fine lines and wrinkles, making the signs easier for you to manage.
To find the perfect serum, you will have to research what is best for your skin type and if you are allergic to anything.
Apply the serum regularly to maintain a natural glow and provide your skin with the required nutrients so that your skin stays replenished. When you are purchasing a serum, take a close look at the ingredients it contains.
You’ll want to make sure it has hydroxy acids, like vitamins A and C as these ingredients will also help remove dark spots. These will protect you from the harsh rays of the sun and reduce your wrinkles by restoring the radiance of your skin.
A serum that includes SPF is an added bonus as it will protect your skin from sun damage!
Bonus: Why Is Skin Care Important?
Anti-aging serums are not just limited to your outer appearance but also to the inner too. If your skin sags, or you don’t have your natural glow, of course your self-confidence can lower a little bit.
However, if the serum reduces your signs of aging, and gives you a youthful look, it can also boost your confidence!
Each person battles with insecurities differently, so fight them the best way you can. If looking younger is your way of feeling more confident, then no one can judge you on that basis.
And if that is your goal, an anti-aging serum is a great method to use. If you follow a proper skin care routine you will see changes taking place gradually. It might take some months for your youthful radiance to return but it will come back.
Invigorating your self-confidence is just one of the positive effects. The right serum can also restore your beauty, even out your skin tone, increase collagen production and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Even though it does not depend on your skin care routine capabilities, the assistance it initiates can not be overlooked. All of this has a positive effect on your mental health. When you have peace of mind in one area, it becomes easier for you to maintain a healthy mindset.
DISCOLORATION AND DARK SPOTS
Most anti-aging serums also protect your skin against the harsh UVA and UVB rays that create discoloration and age spots. Look for a formula rich in antioxidants like vitamins C and E that fight off the rays that harm your skin cells. You can even solve the issues of hyper-pigmentation.
Once you regularly apply a serum, you will see all the benefits that it has in store for your skin. If you have a good skin care routine you will see that you encounter less dermal issues as you age to the point where you will not undergo any kind of facial dermal procedures. Implementing good skincare habits earlier in life saves you money in the long run.
It is always better to focus on prevention rather than focus on a cure. Using serums can save a lot of money when compared to laser treatments for looking younger.
If you have healthy and young skin your trips to a dermatologist are cut short. But this does not mean that you apply anything without any consultation. Always seek guidance when trying something new on your face as the skin there is very sensitive.
HOW DO YOU APPLY THE SERUM IN THE RIGHT ORDER?
Now that we have listed all the benefits, and you know how anti-aging serums can work wonders for your skin, let’s get to know how to apply and layer the serum. A step by step guide follows.
Cleansing is the first and most important step. It is essential to cleanse your face and remove all the dirt or makeup products before you do anything else.
You also need to get rid of all the bacteria that has accumulated on your face. This also means that with clean skin, your skincare products will be able to penetrate deeper into your skin and will be more effective.
Use a cleanser that is water-based and gentle on your skin so that your skin barrier remains intact and can retain the hydration and repel the damage.
A face wash that has high pH like soaps are very harsh and leave behind irritation or infection. The cleanser with a low pH scale is best for the balance.
One other ingredient to dodge is sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be extremely harsh on sensitive skin. You don’t have to purchase face washes with very fancy ingredients as they don’t stay on your skin for a long time. Those ingredients are helpful in other products such as moisturizers and serums.
The next step is to use a natural exfoliant. As you start aging, the replenishing power of your cells starts to deteriorate as the cell turnover process is slowed down.
The dead skin cells take more time to be replaced giving your skin an uneven and dull appearance, sometimes even resulting in cracks and deep wrinkles. Exfoliating your skin is a very good way of getting rid of the dead cells on your face.
There are two variants available in exfoliants: one is physical and the other is chemical. It is recommended to avoid harsh ones such as beaded cleaners or sugar scrubs as they can tear your skin, making it even more prone to damage and sagging. Choose a soft sponge or cloth that can take care of your skin properly.
Chemical exfoliants slowly dissolve the skin and dead cells bonds, detaching them from the skin. They suit people of any age.
By far AHAs are considered to be the best exfoliants for skin experiencing aging. These acids are present in serums, toners and homemade peeling masks.
Now it is time to finally apply the anti-aging serum to your face. The best anti-aging serum is the one that contains active ingredients, vitamin A’s derivatives called retinoids (retinol) and vitamin C’s derivatives.
They help in increasing the quantity of collagen and act as antioxidants as well. They soak away all the environmental and biological stress that leads to aging. Serums really act as magic potions in those little bottles and work their magic on your skin.
Take 2-3 drops of the anti-aging serum in your clean hands. Dab it on your skin and then slowly massage it into the skin so that it goes deeper in the layers of the skin and can be absorbed nicely. Wait for about five minutes for the serum to be absorbed by your skin.
Now apply your moisturizer. When you grow older your body produces less sebum.
This means that your skin dries faster. The biggest reason for fine lines is your skin not being hydrated but a good moisturizer can fix that all.
A good moisturizer helps you in maintaining your skin barrier. Lock all the products in by applying your daily moisturizer.
If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, don’t forget to add sunscreen as it is a very essential part of the anti-aging process!
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We recommend you use a few drops of hyaluronic acid in your moisturizer and vitamin C each morning so that your skin is protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun and that your skin receives the required hydration. Vitamin C and Vitamin E when applied with ferulic acid gives you better protection.
At night you can use some drops of vitamin A serum, then face oil to regenerate cell production and to hydrate your skin while sleeping.
WHEN TO APPLY
The anti-aging serum should be applied during the nighttime as that provides the ingredients with the time to sync with your body’s heartbeat so that your skin can be repaired.
WHY FOLLOW A SERIES?
You should always apply your skincare product in order of their thickness. It should go from the thinnest to the thickest. Light-weighted serums work best when applied directly after cleansing.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you find an ingredient drying or irritating your skin you can layer it with another product creating a buffering effect.
We all have loads of stress in our daily lives making the signs of aging that much more visible. While stress will always be a factor, it doesn’t have to make an appearance on your face!
Serums are an essential step in anti-aging treatments. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is. It could be normal, dry or oily.
With all of the products available, you will find an anti-aging serum that is the best for you. You can start using the anti aging serums from your late 20s or early 30s to get a better result.
If you start at the right age, you will be able to maintain your youthful skin for quite a long time. It just takes seconds to apply the serum to your skin so you’ll be making a big investment if you start taking care of yourself properly.
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