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Article by Natural Glow Organic Beauty

You may have heard a lot about serums lately. That’s because the popularity of serums is steadily growing and they are fast becoming an integral part of the daily skin care regime of women all over the world. The traditional 3-step process of cleanse, tone and moisturise now has a 4 th component: the application of a facial serum.

So what is a serum and how does it differ from a moisturiser?

Face serums are highly concentrated formulations packed with nutrients, such as vitamins and botanical extracts, designed to deeply nourish, hydrate, repair and protect your skin. Most serums are either oil or water-based. They are different to normal face lotions and creams in that they contain smaller molecules which allows them to penetrate the skin more quickly and more deeply than regular moisturisers, making them more effective. The concentration of active ingredients in serums can be as high as 70%, compared with concentrations of around 5-10% in traditional moisturisers.

The benefits of face serums include:

  • Advanced hydration properties.
  • Reduction in the visible signs of ageing, including fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
  • Reduction in skin pigmentation and evening out of skin tone.
  • Help in the prevention of acne.

Whilst serums can be used on their own without a regular moisturiser, it is generally recommended that both a serum and moisturiser be used in order to achieve maximum hydration benefits, especially for those with particularly dry or mature skin. Serums are usually applied after cleansing and toning and before moisturising. Due to their high concentration of nutrients, only a few drops are required and it is suggested that the serum be applied with the fingers in a gentle patting motion.

As far as price is concerned, serums can sometimes be a little more expensive than other skin care products. This is due to the concentration of active ingredients but, as only a tiny amount is needed for each application, your serum should last you a few months.

Most skin types can benefit from the use of a serum, so if you are looking to give your regular moisturiser a little boost, why not try one?

12 Feb 2016

Article/Information supplied by Natural Glow Organic Beauty

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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