Are You Applying Serum The Right Way?

Skin serums are everywhere, in fact, you probably have more than one sitting in your bathroom-but what exactly is a serum and how does it differ from other skin-care products like creams, lotions, and moisturizers? Do you know?

While mostly marketed for anti-aging benefits, serums can actually treat a variety of skin concerns. The sole distinguishing factor is that, unlike other formulas, serums comprise smaller molecules so the main ingredients are delivered deeper into the skin and provide quicker results. While they are just one piece of the beauty puzzle, serums can work wonders for the skin whether they are delivering antioxidants, peptides, vitamins, retinol and other anti-aging ingredients.

But the question is are you using them the right way?

Most serums don't hydrate which is why Camp Hill, PA, aesthetician Debra L. Yates suggests, "using a moisturizer with serum. The moisturizer leaves a fine film on the skin and acts like a seal while the serum allows the key ingredients to penetrate deeper."

How to apply it
First, apply the serum. "Let it sit for about 15 minutes before putting on moisturizer. Putting on moisturizer too soon can potentially affect the penetration of the ingredients," says Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist Mark A. Blair, MD.

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3 Comments
  • meg
    Posted on

    Thanks for these tips! I have pretty fair skin and I would like to take care of it the best that I can. I had a wonderful dermatologist who would help me out, but then I moved so I'm trying to do it on my own now. I think that this will really help!

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    Good grief, who has 15 minutes to spare in between applications while getting ready in the morning! I'll give it a go but... YIKES!

  • Posted on

    Interesting tips. I will definitely incorporate more time in between applications. After all, the $$ I spend on my serums, I absolutely want to ensure that I'm receiving the most penetration. Thanks for the tips!

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