Hello! This is the fourth installment of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Principal Skin Care Steps in an affective daily routine. The series features the following:
1. Facial Cleansers
2. Exfoliants & Masks
4. Special Serums & Gels
6. Sun Protection.
What does serum do?
Usage of a serum is an integral part of your skin care routine.
Here are just a few of our favorite benefits:
- Super nourishing & hydrating
- Cellular repair
- Skin brightening
- Suitable for all skin types, especially mature skin
Why add serum to your daily routine?
Serums are potent, and therefore very important for the well-being of your skin. They differ from creams because most serums are water-based, have a very high concentration of active ingredients, and are absorbed rapidly due to the small size of the molecular framework. Some serums function as anti-oxidants while others brighten, control oils, stimulating collagen growth, soothe and calm, protect, or are anti-aging. Consider serums as super boosters for your skin!
How do I use serum?
After using Toner, put 2-3 drops into the palm of your hand (mix gently with other serums) and then take you index finger and gently apply to your face. Let sit to absorb and then continue with skin care regimen.
How do you know which serum is right for your skin?
Dry Skin – Hydrating Serums
Balancing the moisture level of the skin is very important because a lack of moisture leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dryness/scaliness, irritation (discomfort), and sensitivities.
Example: Pure Hyaluronic Essential Serum
- Hyaluronic Acid is a super-hydrating, naturally occurring substance found in our bodies that stimulates cell growth through its capacity to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. As one of the two ingredients in our Hyaluronic Serum (the second being water), you can be sure that this serum is ultra-hydrating, working to revitalize your skin and delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Example: Botanical Dry Skin Serum
- This 100% botanical serum is a quickly absorbing, intense treatment for dry skin, particularly in extreme climates. Its primary ingredient is squalene, an olive extract and derivative of squalene which is naturally synthesized in the human liver. It has been shown to have beneficial effects in the management of dry skin, premature aging and skin cancer.
Dark Pigmentation – Brightening Serums
Too much exposure to the sun, especially without proper sunscreen application, contributes to the intensive process of skin discoloration and dark pigment formation. Brightening serums work to break down the excess melanin, even skin tone and texture, visibly tighten, and protect from sun damage.
Example: Vitamin C Serum
- Vitamin C is a powerful brightening agent because of its anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation properties. The sun is the greatest enemy of collagen, breaking it down when skin is exposed to UV light without proper sunscreen application. Oxidation causes dehydration, premature aging, sun damage and cancer, and thus is of the most importance to address in your skin care routine.
Example: Tri-Active Pigment Correction Serum
- Composed of biomimetic peptides – the same found in human skin – without aggressive chemicals, Tri-Active gently evens pigment, reduces age spots and hyper-pigmentation, and helps prevent further development of pigmentation disorders caused by environmental factors and age.
Oily Skin – Oil-control Serums
Our skin produces many natural oils fundamental to keeping our skin plump with moisture, however too much oil can cause clogged pores, acne outbreaks, and more. Oil control can be achieved by using serums and gels that contain exfoliating and anti-inflammatory plant extracts and acids
Example: Oil Control Gel
- Ideal for the treatment of oily and blemish-prone skin, this light yet potent gel containing Salicylic Acid helps heal blemishes as it dissolves oils, exfoliates clogged pores, and moisturized the skin.
Itchy/Red Skin – Soothing and calming/anti-redness Serums
Itchy and red skin is often produced when the skin is lacking moisture and/or treated with unnatural acidic products. Plant extracts and naturally derived hyaluronic acid are ideal for soothing, calming, and balancing irritable skin.
Example: Physioderme Bioaromes (Serums)
- Bioarmes can be added to moisturizers or used as a singular product. Maximum 3 serums at a time and no more than 5 drops each.)
- CN“Soothing” Bioarome: Micro-encapsulated concentrated plant extracts and essential oils allow an efficient and direct effect on the concerned area, gently soothing and rebalancing the skin.
- Anti-Redness FL Bioarome: Rich in natural essential oils and plant extracts this serum is ideal for moisturizing skin with redness, helping to recover an even complexion through reduction in red and dry outer skin layers.
Example: Pure Hyaluronic Essential Serum (see above)
Example: Botanical Dry Skin Serum (see above)
Aging Skin – Anti-aging Serums
Example: Swiss Apple Stem Cell Serum
- Stem cells are essential to healing and repair through a special regenerative process the skin cells. Using unique plant cell culture technology, this serum creates proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids to help repair fine lines and wrinkles, while restoring and maintaining firmness and elasticity in the skin.
Example: Multi-Peptide Youth Serum
- Six of the most potent, naturally derived peptides and marine extracts work synergistically in this powerful anti-aging defense serum. Reduction of depth and appearance of lines and wrinkles may be visible within days.