It's a beauty misconception that serums are just a more expensive form of skin moisturizer. Yes, the price is more per ounce than your average skin care product, but that's because you're getting more concentrated ingredients (and deeper-penetrating effects). Get the low-down on why serums are worth every penny when you keep reading
The key ingredient is glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that removes dead skin cells. This gentle ingredient also helps remedy acne, while hyaluronic acid locks in moisture. Just remember to wear sunscreen on top of this product because the acidic components increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Finally, apply foundation — but when you discover a more even and beautified skin tone, you may opt to go nude.
Once applied using the perfect-amount-every-time dropper, you'll love the way this serum sinks luxuriously into the skin. The complexion is instantly brightened and plumped. After several uses, the face feels more smoothed out and even, but not tight or tacky. Perfumed skincare haters beware, though. This serum, while not overly strong in scent, still contains that perfumed essence many high-end department store brands possess. And unlike other premoisturizers of its ilk, Forever Youth is not sticky, won't cause pilling, and doesn't leave an oily residue on skin. But is it worth the price tag? If you have the cash to spend and are looking for a bit of luxury, then yes. The Fountain of Youth may not actually exist, per se, but today's technology might just be bringing us closer.
Welcome to the third and final installment of Serums, Serums Everywhere! Part III will focus on facial serums intended to hydrate your skin. Part I was about Lifting & Energizing serums and Part II showed some Vitamin C based serums.
Many of us suffer from dehydrated skin. Symptoms include: scaly, taut, dry and superfine lines that lead to wrinkles in time. Dehydrated skin is a result of the failure to drink sufficient amounts of water, not using adequate moisturizers, cigarette smoking and overexposure to the sun.
Skin dehydration can cause premature aging if you don't start nurturing it. Start now so you don't lose collagen fibers and the necessary elasticity in your skin to maintain your youthful appearance. Begin by taking this quiz to find out if you are drinking enough fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Then, take a look at my top three picks for pick-me-up hydrating facial serums.
I hope you have found a serum to best suit your skin's needs as well as learned a little something about the overall well being of your precious and delicate face!
Chanel Hydramax + Serum Intense Moisture Boost, $95 for 1.7 oz. and $68.50 for 1 oz., is a highly concentrated, ultra light, grease-less facial treatment. This is a powerful remedy for dry and lifeless skin. It helps control the hydration of your face by attracting and releasing water on the surface of your skin depending on the amount of humidity. It is made with Vitamins B5 and E as well as proteins and enzymes that act as traps to seal in moisture.
Darphin Hydraskin Serum, $90 for 1 oz., is a pale blue serum that is formulated to hydrate your skin. Along with restoring smoothness, softness, and suppleness, it will also leave your skin dewy and glowing! Suitable for all skin types.
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I have recently written about hair smoothing serums, but serums for the face are entirely different. Facial serums have invaded the beauty market and with all the product overload I thought I'd break them down into categories for you to make your next beauty counter visit less overwhelming.
You may recall a post last week about the La Prairie Gold Face Serum and that was just the tip of the iceberg. This first installment of Serums, Serums Everywhere! will focus on lifting and energizing your dry winter skin.
Facial serums in general are intended to: firm and tighten skin, normalize oil production, prevent breakouts, help reduce the signs of aging, and increase your skin's ability to regenerate cells faster resulting in elasticity and more youthful and brighter looking skin. They are definitely on the pricier side of beauty products since they are so concentrated and full of vitamins, so finding the right one for your skin should be treated like an investment. Here are my top three picks for lifting and energizing serums. Enjoy!
La Mer Lifting Face Serum, $210 for a 1 oz. pump. This is a top of the line serum that Madonna and Jennifer Lopez are fans of. It trains your skin to maintain a softer, and smoother appearance by infusing your skin with energy. You will notice your skin looks brighter, clearer and firmer.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Serum, $175. This addictive serum is made from rare ingredients paired with technology to provide serious results. It repairs your skin from the get go and provides protection from free radicals and other damagers. You will feel it working because of the light, tingly sensation when you apply it.
After some time, you will notice less fine lines and a more supple skin appearance. Also, dark spots on your face should fade. Just use one pump in the morning and in the evening and then follow with a hydrating facial moisturizer.
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