Why Face Serum?
When it comes to dishing out anti-ageing skincare advice, I always stick to one simple rule – invest in face serum.
Face serum is often pricier than moisturiser and rightly so due to the concentration of potent ingredients packed in a bottle, in addition, the molecular structure of serum is much smaller to allow for deeper penetration past the epidermis, this is important for delivering treatment in anti-ageing, as the outer layer or epidermis is made up of dead skin cells, so you would want serum to penetrate deeper to treat your healthy living cells.
The Ordinary Serum
The Ordinary skincare brand is a game changer for busy women looking for affordable facial treatments as most of their products are targeted face serums. To put it in perspective, their Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum only sells for $12.90.
The Everyday Must-Haves
If like me you are suffering from dehydration and dealing with signs of ageing, below are some face serums I use in my daily regime.
This is a water-based face serum that is lightweight and great for combination to oily skin. I use it just before my cream-based moisturiser as I have dry skin. To make the most out of this serum, use it after shower surrounded by humidity. (Note: hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules acting like hydration sponge to your skin)
In addition to preventing water loss, squalene is essential in maintaining skin elasticity and suppleness. Think of this face serum as a long-term booster, treating your skin from the inside by ‘training’ your healthy cells to absorb more H2O and remaining supple. I use this product a few times a week to maintain skin’s structural integrity and increase hydration reservoir from within.
Ah good old Vitamin C and anti-ageing! This face serum is a water free suspension of L-Ascorbic Acid powder, pure and a tad grainy. Water-free and silicone-free formula translate to a more direct absorption of Vitamin C into your skin, good for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. If your skin looks dull, use this product for a few weeks to brighten up your complexion. Tip: mix this product into your moisturiser to counter grainy feel.
This formula is slightly higher in Vitamin C concentration due to the presence of light silicones which give it a smoother feel. The higher Vit C percentage makes up for reduced absorption rate due to silicone encasing. Other than texture, this product acts the same way as its 23% counterpart.
The Ordinary website recommends using up to three face serums daily for best results. When choosing a face serum, I always ask myself what area of concern the serum specifically targets. Do I need a hydration boost more than anti-ageing at the moment? Can I use Vitamin C as my go-to anti-ageing serum until I am ready for Retinoid? Your skincare regime should be flexible and take into consideration lifestyle, habit, diet and your environment.
Follow me for more on The Ordinary and interview with skincare expert from Deciem concept store next.