Moisturizers, eye creams, and serums…oh my! What should you put on your skin to keep it young and vibrant? You can’t spend all your money on products that might not actually work, so how do you choose what to include in your beauty routine? There’s been a lot of hype about skin serums in the last couple of years, but like all skincare products, it can be tough to know what’s going to work and what isn’t. Luckily, a lot of the legwork’s been done for you by beauty testers and dermatologists nationwide. So what exactly is a skin serum, and could it be part of the key to beautiful skin?
What the Heck is a Skin Serum?
A skin serum is a type of skincare product that uses concentrated, powerful antioxidant products (like retinol and vitamin C) and light moisturizing ingredients to benefit the skin and help keep it looking young and beautiful using very few “fillers” like thickeners or emollients found in everyday moisturizers. Serums won’t protect you from the sun or act as your favorite moisturizer would, but they can have long-term anti-aging benefits, at least in theory.
How are Serums Used?
Skin serums contain antioxidant and anti-aging ingredients that boast a number of different benefits, including:
- Reducing brown spots and red marks
- Clearing blemishes
- Improving minor signs of aging
- Helping to slow down the skin aging process
- Firming and smoothing the skin
Serums should be used in small quantities, and the best time of day to apply the product depends on your skin type and the other products being used.
Are They Worth Using?
As with most things in life, some people love ‘em, some people hate ‘em. Serums can be an essential part of a healthy skincare routine, but many people can keep their skin glowing and fresh without them. There’s no harm in trying a serum out and seeing how it impacts your routine and your skin—and you might just find you love the results. Serums aren’t just for aging skin—in fact, starting a skincare routine that includes a quality serum can help keep your skin beautiful and youthful over time. If you do decide to give it a try and use a skin serum, remember that it can take some patience to find the right formula for your skin type. Ask your dermatologist for advice if you’re unsure.
Serums to Avoid
Of course, not all serums are created equal. Companies are just out to make a buck, and some manufacturers are passing off inferior products under the pretense that they’ll help the skin remain beautiful just because they’re calling the formula a “serum”, which has become a marketing buzzword. Fortunately, testers have sniffed out these suspect serums and done the work for you—for example, take a look at this list of skin serums to avoid. Don’t waste even a dollar on something that won’t help your skin!
Skin Brightening Treatments to Boost Your Skin
Sometimes, your normal skincare routine, just doesn’t cut it. If you feel like your skin could use an extra boost, there are a number of different treatments that can improve your overall complexion, making you look refreshed and rejuvenated. Light but powerful professional cosmetic treatments include:
- Light chemical peels
- Laser treatments
- Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments
The treatment that’s right for you will depend on your skin’s condition and your goals for skin refreshment. Only a qualified dermatologist can help you decide what treatment is the best choice for you.
Talk to an Expert
Don’t load up your face with every product you see on the shelf—you’ll just overload your skin and waste your money. A few quality products will help you create and maintain a glowing complexion, and a skilled cosmetic dermatologist can help you get to that point. Want to incorporate a serum into your beauty routine, or are considering a professional skin treatment? Consult an expert, board certified cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Diane Walder in the Miami Beach area. Dr. Walder is a nationally acclaimed skincare expert, offering a range of treatments and consulting for publications like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Glamour. If you’d like to get Dr. Walder’s opinion on your skin and set yourself up for a glowing complexion, call Dr. Walder’s offices today at 305-866-2177 to schedule an appointment in Miami.