In the warmer months, a light moisturizer and maybe a touch of eye cream is pretty much all that’s needed to keep the skin well cared for. As the weather turns colder the body will begin to adapt to cooler temps and produce a barrier to help hold moisture in and protect skin cells from damaging harsh winds. This is when it’s critical to help the process by switching up your skin care regimen and adding a key ingredient - Serum. So what exactly is a serum? We’ve got the answer:
Serum is a basic skin care staple which is applied to the skin after it is cleansed but before applying a moisturizer. It is inherently different than a moisturizer because it is formulated with smaller molecules that penetrate the skin more readily and carry a higher concentration of active ingredients than those found in moisturizers.
There are several types of serums formulated to target skin care concerns from deeper hydration during winter months, hyper pigmentation all year, or general anti-aging and wrinkles. Whatever your concern, there is a serum for it.
It’s important to note that due to the high concentration of active ingredients, serums will cost more than moisturizers. And although prices may be higher, they produce significant results that are worth the investment.
When choosing a serum that’s right for you, here are some things to consider:
- What concern are you trying to target? Wrinkles, hydration, skin discoloration? Once you define this, look for something that specifically works to help this. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides work specifically to deeply hydrate the skin, help produce a protective barrier, plump the skin cells and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. If this is something you feel you need, look for these on the ingredients list for peptides and hyaluronic acid. Be sure they are one of the top five on the list for best results.
- What are you willing to pay? You’ve heard it before: you get what you pay for. Good quality ingredients and research go into good quality serums and the price will reflect this. A little will go a long way though so apply sparingly. Drugstore serums will offer little to no help, so don’t waste your money. But if you are serious about protecting your skin form harsh weather, this is your go-to product.
- Don’t be afraid to consult a dermatologist or aesthetician for their opinion – most will offer a free consultation.
Most importantly – be consistent and be patient. Your skin concern did not occur overnight and it won’t be rectified immediately either. Be sure to apply it as directed and give a week or so weeks to begin to produce results.
Here are some serums that we love that have had excellent results: https://www.thalgousa.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=serum