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Serum: What Is It Really For?

Serum: What Is It Really For?

Relatively recent compared to our usual skincare products, serum has made a place for itself in our beauty routine. But what is it really for? Could it replace our creams? How do you apply it? We will answer all of these questions.

What makes serum unique is its texture and its formula, highly concentrated in active ingredients. It is actually lighter and more fluid than a cream, and is able to penetrate through the skin much more easily. It is therefore rapidly absorbed and does not prevent you from applying a more nourishing product afterwards.

It provides both surface-level and deep benefits, all whilst preparing the skin to receive other products. It is worth remembering that the skin is divided into three layers: the epidermis on the surface which makes up the protective layer, the dermis which is rich in collagen and elastin fibers, and the hypodermis deeper down which provides facial volume. These three layers are in constant communication with one another, but with time and the daily stresses that weaken the skin, these exchanges need to be assisted and reinforced.

Thanks to its great fluidity, serum easily penetrates the epidermis, and depending on its properties, it can help to boost the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers and help replenish the natural reserves of hyaluronic acid.

A Concentrated Bomb Of Active Ingredients

Serum is an intensive treatment rich in powerful active ingredients.

It acts intensely on its own and at the same time prepares the skin to receive the benefits of a day or night cream, whose effects it will increase tenfold. In the history of cosmetics, serum was initially designed for more mature skin in order to limit wrinkles and the appearance of blemishes.

Nowadays, there are numerous variants to suit all skin types and needs. It has the advantage of targeting one or two problems.

For example, to fight against dehydrated skin, there is nothing like a hyaluronic acid-based serum to stop water from evaporating, all whilst providing a good dose of moisturization.

To combat a lack of radiance, a serum containing antioxidants is ideal.

Serum hydratant bio
Crédit photo Mathieu Hemon
Soin hydratant bio
Crédit photo Mathieu Hemon

How Do You Apply A Serum?

Serum should be used every day, alongside, and not as a replacement for your day or night cream.

On the contrary, it is designed to prepare the skin for their application, thus multiplying their effects. Just apply a few drops into your palm, warm them up between your hands, and then gently place them flat on the face, without rubbing.

Start with the cheeks, then the forehead, the chin, and the décolleté. The idea is to deposit the product using light pressure so that it gently penetrates the skin.

This action is essential on one hand to avoid creasing the skin, and also to preserve the active ingredients.

Finally, to increase the benefits of a serum and to allow it to reach the deep layers of the skin, you should remember to exfoliate the face at least once a week. Getting rid of dead skin allows better penetration of the active ingredients.