Updated: Nov 6, 2021
In effort to enhance selfcare routine at home, at the start of the pandemic last year, many people started experimenting with different skincare products. For example, I added a toner and serum to my skincare routine. Before then, I kept a basic routine: cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. I have sensitive and acne-prone skin so layering various products didn’t make sense to me, and I feared irritating my skin and causing unwanted breakouts. Now that I have tried toners though, I don’t think I will ever go back. However, are serums really worth the hype? I personally have not seen any drastic change from using face serums, but I have not had any adverse reactions either, so I think they are worth keeping as part of your skincare routine. My skin does feel more moisturized and smooth! I particularly love applying serums/face oils at night before bed to let it do its magic while I sleep!
What are face serums anyway? Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that contain a higher concentration of active ingredients (e.g. glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E). Serums are generally lighter than the typical cream and lotion moisturizer which is supposed to penetrate and hydrate the skin better and allows you to layer in more products. Depending on what your skincare concerns are, there's a serum for that, lol. Do research the ingredients/formulas to know what type of serums will work best for your skin. Depending on the type of serum you use, some of the benefits includes hydrated and moisturized-skin, youthful-glow, plump and beautiful skin. Serums are also known to boost collagen, reduce inflammation, help to fade dark spots from hyperpigmentation and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All great benefits so I say yes totally worth the hype!
The Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum and the Glow Science Manuka Honey Face Oil pictured below are my absolute favorites. My skin just love this stuff, and I plan to keep using as long as I continue to see great results.
Throughout the pandemic people have been spending more time practicing selfcare and taking better care of their skin, and those habits should continue well after the pandemic is over (do hope we can return to a bit of normalcy sooner rather than later because I am beyond pandemic fatigue at this point). I would love to hear about what new skincare routine you've adopted during the pandemic so keep in touch! Before trying any new beauty products on your face however it is recommended that you do a patch test to detect any adverse or allergic reactions.
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