Serum, Serum, Serum!! Read any beauty blog or magazine and you are bound to stumble upon a serum recommendation. We are told they are a skincare revolution and can give you the skin you always dreamed of. Sounds phenomenal, right? But what are they?
Serums are generally too thin to be considered a moisturizer, but not the right texture to be considered a facial oil either. Dig a little deeper and you will find everything they promise to do from hydrate to repair, brighten, or reduce the visibility of hyper-pigmentation. But do you want bright skin at night while in bed? And doesn’t your skin repair itself during sleep? So you need two serums (one for the day and one for the night)? Well, not necessarily, so how many serums do you really need? keep reading to find out how many Serums you should really own.
Let’s be clear on what exactly a serum is. Have a quick read of our blog that explains just that here to put it simply a serum will up the ante of your current skin care routine and when used correctly can give you results you never thought possible.
Now that you have a clearer idea of what a serum actually is, let's get to the nitty gritty of how many serums you should be using.
What does your skin need during the day?
During the day your skin is exposed to the elements, whether it be the hot sun shining down on you or the cold air conditioning unit blowing directly on top of your head whilst sitting in your office. The main feature most daytime serums will offer you is antioxidants. Antioxidants essentially help your skin deal with oxidative stress. In simple terms, oxidative stress causes premature aging of the skin (think lack of brightness, firmness, skin discoloration and even fine lines and wrinkles). Some superb antioxidant-rich ingredients that are currently being offered are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and beta-carotene.
Vitamin C is definitely having its moment right now and for good reason. When applied topically, Vitamin C boosts collagen production giving your skin a brighter, plumper and more even appearance. And, it's not just cosmetic. Recent dermatological studies have suggested that with long-term use Vitamin C can actually improve skin quality and texture.
So why not pick out any Serum that shows a high percentage of Vitamin C? Well, when it comes to your skin you should be focusing on quality over quantity. In short, not all Vitamin C derivatives are created equal. Often you will see Vitamin C listed as L-ascorbic acid in products. L-ascorbic acid is very powerful and will give you the skin benefits of Vitamin C but it is incredibly potent and even harsh. It can cause redness and skin irritation in people who generally don't suffer from sensitive skin. A more gentle alternative it Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) which offers all the benefits of Vitamin C plus has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits that other Vitamin C derivatives don’t. It is much more suited those with sensitive skin or who have had bad reactions to other Vitamin C derivatives and will not have any exfoliating effect of the skin as other derivatives do. Be aware that some serums market their MAP content as 15%, this is only possible when MAP is derived from a powder formulation. In this form, it would be much less effective on your skin than an emulsion or cream with a 10% MAP content.
What does your skin need at night?
When you sleep your skin regenerates itself. It’s kind of magical on its own. But you can add nutrients to your skin care routine to bring that regeneration to a whole new level.
You are looking for ingredients that repair and boost your skins own regenerative ability. Many essential oils are packed with vitamins and minerals that will nourish, moisturize, repair and restore skin. Using them during the day can make your skin glow but when you apply an essential oil and leave it on overnight, it can be transformative.
Omega Fatty Acids can offer intense hydration at a cellular level, working with your own skin cells to keep you looking youthful and radiant. They can boost the skin natural collagen production resulting in increased elasticity and firmness. If you have dry and flaky skin Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids will not only soothe and add moisture but also visibility improve the texture of your skin.
So you do need 1 serum for the day and 1 for the night… right?If you bought two serums that were each individually formulated for different skin concerns with different ingredients then yes, it could be beneficial to own two different serums. If you do a little research though, you will find serums which contain a perfect balance of both night worthy and day worthy ingredients.
Say Hello to O Naturals Moisturizing Hemp & Vitamin C Serum
Combining premium ingredients suited for both daytime and nighttime use this lightweight, water-based gel promises to leave your skin beautiful, inside and out. Its non-greasy formula is easily absorbed and won’t leave any oily or sticky residue on your skin. It sits comfortably under makeup or under any moisturizer or night cream.
The all natural formula contains:
10% Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, simply put this is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C offering all the goodness of Vitamin C without the irritation and redness L-Ascorbic Acid can sometimes cause.
Hemp Seed Oil, Comprised of 80% essential fatty acids. It has a higher combined level of Omega 3, 6 and 9 than any other plant we know of. It will create a protective barrier on your skin that keeps the good in and the bad out.
Aloe Vera is ultra soothing and hydrating. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is basically your skins best friend.
Hyaluronic Acid forms a protective barrier at the surface of the skin, offering hydration and protection against free radicals.
Sacha Inchi Oil is exceptionally high in Omega 3 fatty acids it is perfect for regenerating and healing skin. With its anti-aging properties, this oil is outstanding at combatting fine lines and wrinkles.
Squalane is ideal for both treating and preventing dryness. It is intensely moisturizing and will leave your skin smooth and soft.
With all these natural ingredients plus more, there is really no need for you to own more than one serum.
Add O Naturals Moisturizing Hemp & Vitamin C Serum to your daily or nightly skincare routine. We know you will not be disappointed.
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