If you’re a skincare enthusiast, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about the importance of a serum for the skin. As part of your skin care routine, to combat frequent breakouts, reduce oily skin, or moisturize your skin; Facial serums are stronger formulations than creams. Since they are made with active ingredients that target a specific concern, they work tirelessly to address it. Given the rage surrounding it, a face serum is your best companion for radiant, beautiful skin.

To decipher what serums do to your skin and how to make decisions about them, Health Shots spoke to Dr. Aparna Santanam, MD, dermatologist and skin expert, ITC Charmes.

Here are some of the reasons why facial serum for skin is the most effective form of skin care:

  1. The face serum is a simple and easy to use elixir that nourishes your skin and prepares it for the rest of the day.
  2. Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide or salicylic acid are some of the specific ingredients that will keep your skin moisturized and rejuvenated all day long.
  3. Simply apply a few drops of this beauty tonic to your face and neck with your fingertips, gently tap, pat, and smooth. there he is! You are ready to step out with healthy looking skin.
  4. Unlike moisturizers, serum contains smaller particles and penetrates deeper into the skin, providing a high concentration of active ingredients.
  5. Look for high-performance serums that contain hyaluronic acid or salicylic acid. These superior ingredients combat dullness, dryness, acne spots and pigmentation leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy,” says Santanam.
Types of skin pigmentationSerums can also treat pigmentation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

These factors should be considered when choosing a skin serum:

1. Skin-friendly type

When choosing a face serum, it is important to understand that there are different types of serums as well as specific ingredients to consider based on your skin type. It is essential that you understand your skin type before investing in skin care products. How do you decide that? Very simple, just notice how your pores and skin feel when you wake up.

2. Anti-acne serum

If your skin is prone to acne, a serum containing salicylic acid works well. Choose a serum with at least 2 percent salicylic acid that exfoliates, controls oil, and prevents clogged pores. You can also opt for a serum containing Niacinamide, which helps reduce dark spots and pigmentation for a more even skin tone. This is ideal for all skin types and soothes acne redness and reduces excess sebum secretion upon immediate application giving your skin a radiant glow.

acne treatmentsUse a skin acid serum for clear, happy-looking skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Moisturizing serum

Moisturizing your skin is the first step to healthy skin. Choose a serum that contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, seaweed and chia seeds that have excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties. Most hydrating facial serums are also included in Pro-Vitamin B5. It acts as a moisturizer that revitalizes and hydrates dull skin leaving skin looking healthy and nourished.

4. Power packed components

Various types of serums are available for all skin types. It is best to look for a serum that has vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that removes and brightens dark spots, dullness and uneven skin tone.

5. Excess benefits

There is a reason why most of us love serum as a skin care product. With a plethora of benefits, reasonable price point, active ingredients, simple application, and multi-purpose use, it offers more value for money compared to other skin care products.

Dr. Santanam says, “Maintaining a radiant glow can be challenging due to the changing and changing weather conditions. It is essential to assess skin care needs in order to prevent many issues such as excessive oiliness, dryness, dullness and skin irritation.”

“The first step is to figure out what your skin really needs, set your budget, and choose a format like a serum that is lightweight and easy to apply. Every skin type needs special skin care, so choose ingredients that nourish and hydrate the skin,” adds Dr. Santanam.

You should know that skin care is an inner activity. So, stay hydrated, follow a nutritious diet and keep your mood upbeat. Your inner glow will always appear on your face!

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