Face serums have long been a cornerstone of Japanese women's simple approach to skincare. Still, the love for these hardworking skincare miracles has extended to beauty lovers everywhere in recent years, with good cause. Serums are lightweight and efficient, containing a solid combination of targeted active components developed for a specific purpose. They're fantastic for anyone looking for a quick and simple product that absorbs rapidly into the skin, has a high concentration of ingredients, and is non-greasy.
Given the huge range of serum treatments available and the fact that there is a serum for every skin condition, choosing one feels almost like a disservice—not to mention nearly impossible. That, thankfully, does not have to be the case. To get the most out of serums and oils, it's crucial to learn how to layer them.
We have compiled a list of quick pointers to keep in mind while layering serums.
- Serum first
To achieve the best benefits, serums should be the first to touch your skin after cleansing and exfoliating. They should never be used after your moisturizer since heavier creams and oils form a protective barrier over your skin and prevent absorption.
- Lighter to heavier
When picking which serum to use initially, always layer according to consistency. Lighter serums absorb fast and readily, whereas heavier hydration serums lock in the ingredients and leave your skin soft. Choose the substance you want your skin to absorb the most among serums with similar consistency. If your main worries are dark spots and signs of aging, start with a vitamin C or retinol serum.
- Select your cocktail carefully
When you combine a few ingredients to make your preferred combo and save time, it's called a cocktail. But it doesn't imply you can toss your 10-step program out the window and make your skincare concoction from scratch. We would not recommend combining peels, retinol, or acne treatment products. You should use such items on their own or in layers, applying them first. Before making any cocktail, ensure the ingredients don't react with each other.
Massaging your face as you apply your serums can help improve circulation. It also delivers a fresh dose of oxygen to the skin, the "best serum or oil out there."
- Allow your serums to soak
Some experts would argue that your skin can effectively absorb the products you apply whether or not you wait, but it still pays to be thorough. Waiting a minute or two will ensure that your serums have fully seeped into your skin and prevent pilling when you apply your moisturizer or sunscreen.
Certain serum chemicals, including retinol and hydroquinone, may induce skin irritation when exposed to UV rays. Therefore we recommend doing your layers and drinks in the evening. Not only that, but your skin care products will perform more efficiently as your body heals itself as you sleep.
If you wish to layer serums in the morning, protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Trying something new is always interesting, and experimenting lets you find what works best for your skin. Suppose you only use one component and rotate it. In that case, you may restrict the advantages your skin may obtain from other compounds.