How To Pick The Right Serum

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Navigating the complex world of serums,creams, scrubs, masks and the like, can be tough.  There are so many products on the market, that it’s easy to just buy the nicest looking one.  But that can often be the wrong choice!  Depending on your skin type, skin problems, or your budget, you might be picking a serum that is incompatible with your skin!  If you’re picking the wrong serum, you can be getting the wrong results for your skin.  That’s why we’ve put together this guide on How To Pick The Right Serum!

If you’re like us, you’re constantly experimenting with the newest products on the market.  Serums, as they’re called, are a relatively new marketing tactic, but the concept itself is centuries old.  Imagine Cleopatra bathing her face in rose water and you’re on the right track.  Where the modern connotation of Serum comes in, however, is with an attachment to the skin treatment side of things.  Enough about the history of Serums, though, let’s move on to How To Pick The Right Serum.  The first thing we will cover in this guide is a list of the most popular Serum Ingredients.


How To Pick The Right Serum: Ingredients

  Ingredients vary from serum to serum, but many of the same faces make regular appearances in a lot of top serums. Some of the ingredients we pay attention for are acids, peptides, and natural ingredients like extracts.  Those ingredients can tell you a lot about how the serum is going to behave on your skin.  Serums that are rich in acids like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, tend to dry out the skin more.  Serums that feature peptides, however, are often oilier, but target deep down processes of the skin.  The last set of ingredients, the “all-natural” ingredients are really hit or miss.  There are, of course, a ton of natural remedies that exist for skin care.  Aloe Vera is a big one that we’ve all used.  But when you get into the more exotic ingredients, you can get more into under-validated ingredients.  That doesn’t mean that every advertisement is lying to you, but many are stretching the truth!

Peptides are one of the go-to ingredients for skin renewal. That’s because, unlike many ingredients, peptides are clinically proven to be effective.  This study, among others, is a good place to start if you want to learn more.
Acid Based Serums
Acid Based Serums often include ingredients like Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Hyaluronic Acid or more exotic acids like Kojic Acid. The effects of these acids are completely dependent on the concentration, but often have different effects. Kojic Acid, for instance, is used in a ton of whitening or lightening products, while Vitamin C is used in a ton of more gentle, skin evening solutions.
'All-Natural' Serums
These serums are notorious for promising the world and not delivering. But that doesn’t mean that they, as a group, should be disregarded. In fact, some of the best supporting skin care ingredients, including protective and nourishing ingredients (take cocoa butter for example) that are full of healthy oils  and antioxidants, are crucial to many of our favorite treatments! When buying a serum, make sure to check out the ingredients before buying

How To Pick The Right Serum: Skin Type

Another thing to keep in mind when you’re picking your serum, is the potential it can have to make your skin conditions worse, instead of helping.  One thing we’re constantly seeing is people picking the wrong skin serums for their skin types.  One big problem with this is that these Serums don’t necessarily market themselves as such.  They promote themselves as a one-fits-all approach, when that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Let’s take a look at a few things to avoid:

How To Pick The Right Serum: Oily Skin

  • Oily skin is especially susceptible to clogged pores, as you probably know, so stay clear of Serums that have a lot of oils and fats.
  • Ideal skin type for acid treatments
  • Check with your skin care professional!
  • Try small amounts first, before applying to the whole face!
  • Read our reviews first!

How To Pick The Right Serum: Sensitive Skin

  • BE CAREFUL with acid treatments
  • Apply acid treatments as lightly as possible at first
  • Avoid sunlight after application of a new product
  • Apply to a test area before applying around the eyes or mouth
  • Be extremely careful with whitening or lightening treatments

How to Pick The Right Serum: Application

When you’ve just gotten your newest purchase and you’re in a hurry to try it out, it can be easy to gloss over the instructions.  STOP THAT!

“Reading the instructions can be just as important as the serum you’re using.”
  One common horror story we here is with skin lightening products.  Instead of following the instructions, the person goes all out on their first application.  Then they get what equates to acid burns on their skin. Ouch.  Make sure to start out slow, apply serum in innocuous areas first, especially ones with a high acid content.

How To Pick The Right Serum: Ordering

Finally, the last step in How To Pick The Right Serum; Ordering.  The best place to order skin care products is through us!  Not only do we get the most exclusive offers available, we do a ton of reviews that can help you find the best deals on skin care products.  Check back for reviews, news, how-to’s and offers you can’t find anywhere else.  Remember to bookmark, favorite and share!