When it comes to skincare, we always rely on the good ol’ golden rule - cleanse, tone and moisturise! This simple routine definitely keeps the skin healthy and happy. However, you could do with an extra and very helpful addition to this routine - face serum! Now, we know you might have heard about it and have tons of questions about it as well. But we’re about to sort you out! Read on to know everything about face serums and their importance in your skincare routine.
What is face serum?
Face serums are lightweight concentrations of active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, Vitamin C (to name a few) that help your skin manage and overcome several skin concerns. Unlike your moisturisers, serums are thinner in consistency as they are made with smaller molecules and no heavy oil or other ingredients. Unlike your face creams and moisturisers, serums could have upto 70 per cent active ingredient concentrations, thus making them perfect for nourishing and layering your skin.
What does serum do for your skin?
Serums are great for your skin as they come with a long list of benefits that’ll make you fall in love with them too.
Improved skin texture: Collagen and Vitamin C in a serum help improve your skin texture as they make it firmer and smoother. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, helps make your skin plump and reduces signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.
Fewer skin issues: You’d also notice less acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads when you regularly use face serum as it tends to make your pores smaller and gives your skin a fresh, moisturised look.
Brighter complexion: Serum also causes your skin to brighten up over time. The concentrated ingredients in the serum formula helps lessen dark spots, pimples and blemishes and makes your skin radiant, plump and glowy.
In short, serum helps your skin become better holistically.
How to use a serum
Now that you know how great serums really are, let’s get down to how you can make them part of your skincare regimen.
Step 1: Start by cleansing your skin with a soap-free face wash like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash to deeply but gently clean your face. This is a clean face wash with no harsh chemicals, parabens, artificial colour or fragrance, so it’s safe for even sensitive skin.
Step 2: Next up is toner. Go for the Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner as it is an alcohol-free formula that removes impurities, tightens your pores and gives you fresh-looking skin.
Step 3: Now it’s time to use the star of the moment - serum. Take a few drops of a vitamin C-enriched serum like the Lakme 9to5 Vit C+ Facial Serum. Pat it into your skin and massage with your fingertips. This dermatologically tested serum is lightweight and enriched with vitamin C from kakadu plum. It moisturises and hydrates your skin without leaving it greasy or irritated and improves your skin texture greatly with regular use.
Step 4: Don’t forget to moisturise. While serum hydrates your skin, it still needs moisturisation. Try the Pond’s Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E for this step. With a non-oily gel texture, this moisturiser gives you a non-sticky, water fresh glow.