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SERUM: 7 steps to savour every drop!

March 20, 2015 | 3 | posted in BEAUTY BUZZ
Face serum is something we are gradually integrating into our rotation. By incorporating a serum, people are able to intensify the potency of their regimen, resulting in a more comprehensive approach to anti-aging and hydration.
While serums appear complicated, unnecessary and fussy, they're really not. Serums work double-time and are loaded with a higher proportional concentration of active ingredients and penetrate deep into the epidermis to ward off laugh lines, wrinkles, acne, dark spots, and dryness more efficiently and effectively than any face cream on the market. This lends to the higher price tags, so be sure to follow these 7 steps to savour every last precious drop!

Step 1:  Apply Serum at the Right Time of Day...or Year!

A serum can be applied in the morning, at night or both.  As the seasons change, so does the behaviour of our skin, so some serums are designed to combat very specific seasonal needs.  The key is to get to know and understand the specific serum formula you have invested in.  There is a vast array of unique serum blends out there in the form of ultra-targeting skin remedies. Some are appropriate for day time and some are designed to penetrate deep into the skin overnight, so it is important to tune into the specifics of the serum and follow the product directions carefully to maximize all of the beautiful benefits. 

Step 2:  Cleanse Your Face
Cleanse away toxins, make-up and dead skin cells by splashing your face with warm water and then lathering up with a good cleanser. The active ingredients in skin serums are attracted to dirt and dead skin, so for ultimate absorption, be sure to wash your face thoroughly before applying. Gently massage your cleanser in a circular motion over facial skin paying special attention to the spots you intend to target with the serum: the chin, around the eyes, between the brows, your forehead etc.. Rinse well with a warm washcloth allowing the warmth of the cloth to open up your pores for deeper cleansing.

Step 3:  Moist Skin is Permeable Skin
Moist skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin and will carry the ingredients deeper into the epidermis, so apply serum to damp skin after cleansing. Better yet, mist skin with an alcohol-free toner designed for your skin type tprovide the perfect base for extended absorption of the serum.

Step 4:  Apply Just a Few Drops
In the palm of your hand, mix 2-3 drops of serum (no more—a little goes a long way) and then apply to the target spots on your face, quickly blend using light strokes.

Step 5:  Be Patient and Embrace Absorption
Give the serum three to five minutes to fully absorb before applying your moisturizer or sunscreen. The serum should disappear into skin.  If there’s any residue, you’re probably applying too much or using a sub-par product. 
Well-formulated serums absorb quickly and disappear into your skin creating the perfect base for your moisturizer of choice.  

Step 6:  Don't Rinse Your Hands
With the residual still on your hands, don't you dare wash away that powerful plant concentrate.  Those active and pricey ingredients are best used elsewhere too.  At night time, run your fingers through your hair so that your locks drink up the surplus creating a deep hydrating hair treatment.  In the morning, rub the leftover serum into the drier parts of your body such as cuticles, heels or elbows.

Step 7:  Apply your Moisturizer
Face serums are not moisturizers, but rather its best friend!  They compliment each other nicely and enhance each other's active ingredients. In the morning, you want to apply a moisturizer to banish dry skin and set the stage for makeup application. Nourished skin is key to a beautiful face – made up or makeup free! In the evening, give your face a good dose of a potent lotion and let the product’s powers penetrate and repair your skin as you sleep.


3 Comments

Risquna
Risquna

April 01, 2015

oh and the way i use coconut oil is manily to the scalp and then through the rest of my hair give your scalp a thorough massage and i leave it in for at least 4 hours so i like to put it on in the morning? then wash it off after a few hours i hope that helps

Chidimma
Chidimma

March 28, 2015

coconut oil does not need to be kept in the rrgaifeertor. In the Philippines and other tropical climates, people traditionally have not refrigerated the oil. Virgin Coconut oil is very stable since it is unrefined and mostly saturated. The expiration dates on VCO are for two years, but they will usually be fine much longer than the exp dates. store out of direct sunlight. In the tropics coconut oil is almost always a liquid, since it’s melting point is about 76 degrees -tropicaltraditions?
Graydon
Graydon

March 27, 2015

Great article Jamie – Completely agree with all your points… especially that ‘Moist Skin is Permeable Skin’!

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