Using Face Serum: A How-To Guide
Using serums is a great way to get a blast of nutrients applied directly to your skin. To use serum, you need to apply a few drops on your face immediately after washing, but make sure to do so before moisturizing.
The serum absorbs into your skin on a deeper level than other creams would. Due to the deep penetrating effect of serum, it is great to use these products for specific skin concerns such as acne or dryness. Some serums are also great for anti-aging.
Serums are more effective because they are designed with smaller molecules that are easier for the deeper levels of your skin to absorb. Through this deep penetration, you can deliver ingredients in high concentration to the lower levels of your skin.
How do you use it so that you get the most out of your face serum? With so many facial products in the form of moisturizers, creams, serums, and more, what order should these be applied to be most effective?
In what order do you apply your facial products?
The general rule of thumb is that you apply your face serum after you wash your face and before you apply your moisturizers. If you use a full range of products, the order is as follows:
- Facial cleanser to wash your face and remove all the dirt.
- Facial exfoliator to help remove deep penetrated oils, dirt, and dead skin cells to reveal fresh and healthy skin.
- Toner goes on next to help remove any remaining dirt and oils that may have lingered through the other washings.
- Apply your serum to your skin, applying evenly over your entire face. A little serum goes a long way; chances are you don’t need more than a few drops.
- Moisturize with a good facial moisturizer that contains SPF if you are applying during the morning or your favorite night cream if you are applying before bed.
What is the right way to apply face serum?
To reap the benefits of your face serum you need to apply it the right way. You may think that you apply it to your face, then moisturize and move on. However, there is an appropriate way to use your facial serum so that your skin benefits from the concentrated ingredients.
After you have completed the first three steps from above, it is time to apply your serum. If using a thin serum, apply a drop to your finger and apply to your cheek. Repeat with the other cheek, and then your forehead and chin.
You want to be sure that you only use one drop and that you rub it into your skin in an upward motion.
If you have a thick serum, apply a few drops to your hand and rub your hands together. A thick serum generally needs to be warmed up before applying, and the rubbing of your hands will achieve that.
Make sure that either serum types get applied evenly over your skin. As you rub it into your skin be sure to press gently so that it penetrates deeply.
Once you finish applying the serum, tap your skin gently for up to one minute. You want to tap your entire face. The tapping may seem silly, but the reason you do this is to ensure the serum is absorbed. Then press your skin in circular motions all over your face to ensure the deep penetration of the ingredients.
Wait a full minute before you complete your facial with your moisturizer. You want to be sure the serum has had time to work before you add something else to your skin.
Conclusion: Using Face Serums
Using a facial serum is not the same thing as using other facial products. How you apply your serum depends on how effective it will be. Applying your face serum appropriately is very beneficial to you because it helps to boost collagen production as well as help to improve your skin tone.
Therefore, when you apply your facial serum, you want to be sure that you apply it after your full cleansing ritual, but before you moisturize. Be sure that once you do, you allow the serum time to absorb so that you gain the benefits of the active ingredients working deep within your skin.