When it comes to the holy trinity of skin serums, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, and Retinol are high contenders. In what seems like a sea of serums available these days, these three products are easy to use, reliable, and effective.
To give you the breakdown:
Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating powerhouse used to lock in moisture while smoothing, plumping, and calming skin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that offers a variety of benefits for the skin. Most notably, it’s often used for brightening, collagen production, and sun damage repair.
Retinol is most commonly known for it’s anti-aging effects. Retinol helps promote cell turnover, shedding old skin and accelerating the growth of new, smoother skin.
There are many infused moisturizers and creams that include these properties, but you can also buy them directly in a serum that helps penetrate the skin deeper. When it comes to application, layering is key.
In the morning right after you cleanse your face, apply a light layer of Vitamin C to help brighten the skin. Follow with Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture and keep your skin feeling hydrated the rest of the day. Follow with your normal moisturizer and some SPF and you’re out the door!
Notice how we didn’t mention Retinol? That’s because it’s crucial you only use retinol before bed. It can cause extra sensitivity to the sun leaving your skin more vulnerable to UV damage during the day.
At night, cleanse before applying retinol to your face and neck. A pea size amount should be enough to start since it’s known to cause dryness and irritation while your skin adjusts. Follow with Hyaluronic Acid ~20 minutes later, giving the retinol time to sink in first. Finish with a moisturizer to give your skin extra hydration, and you should wake up feeling revived and refreshed!
Various serums cater to distinct skin regeneration goals. These three—Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, and Retinol—are just a glimpse into the array of popular serums. It's important to grasp their intended use and proper application methods so you don’t end up with cracked, irritated skin. The last thing any of us need is a painful red face.
As a final look into how to use these serum secrets to maximize your skin, it’s important to ease into a new routine. Though extremely beneficial, new products, especially potent ones like we’re talking about, can be harsh on the skin. Try using each new product on a small area of your face to start, only applying every other night, or as often as your skin can tolerate. You face will adjust slowly.
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