In general, a serum works stronger than the cream, but has a lighter consistency. The active serum should be used for a maximum of several weeks to help the skin or hair fight against damage, dryness or progressive ageing. Find out the properties of a serum and how to choose and use it.
A serum is a popular skin care or hair care cosmetic. It contains a greater concentration of ingredients than a cream, therefore it gives quick and noticeable effects, which facilitates care. In order not to get your skin or hair accustomed to such a strong concentration of ingredients, do not use it constantly. Serums can have a concentrated gel or velvety consistency. Remember that serum does not contain sunscreens, so when you use it, don’t forget to protect the skin with a UV cream.
How to use a serum?
The serum can be used in two ways and both are correct. The one you use depends on the needs of your skin. According to the first theory, the serum is an addition to daily care, which should be reached for when the skin or hair problem appears or intensifies. Then the serum should be used in the morning and / or evening as a cream base. A 10-minute interval should be left between the cosmetics application.
Proponents of the second theory are of the opinion that the serum is used for the problematic skin as a replacement for cream. In this case, the serum is to be used in the morning and evening.
How to choose a serum?
The selection of a serum should depend on the individual needs of the skin. Some serums support skin regeneration, others have antioxidant, brightening, anti-wrinkle or intense moisturizing properties.
The choice of packaging is equally important. Opt for one that allows the application of the serum directly to the skin. Thanks to this feature, the preparation will stay fresh longer and, consequently, effective. A serum can be stored in the refrigerator if there are no contraindications on the part of the manufacturer.
When not to use a serum?
Do not reach for a serum in case of irritated skin, also as a result of cosmetic procedures. Another contraindication to its use is an allergy to any of the ingredients.