Guide To The Right Serum For Your Skin

Different types of serums have been on our bathroom self. I had a vitamin C serum from Thailand (can’t remember the brand) that was very sticky. I threw it away before it was empty. The serum was thick and translucent and because of the stickiness it reminded me of glue.

I also had the SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum. I wasn’t a fan of that either. I got a very greasy, shiny skin because of it. It also got me pimples.

My husband is currently using the SOME BY MI Matcha Pore Care Serum and he really loves it! According to him, the serum feels like water and absorbs quickly.

I myself am a fan of the Pyunkang Yul Serum. It nourishes my dry skin very well and isn’t sticky or greasy. But now this serum is almost empty and I want to try a different one. But which? I therefore went looking for the serum that best suits my skin and would like to share my findings with you!

How do you use a serum?

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A serum contains high concentrations of active ingredients and therefore works deep into the upper skin layers. They often have a thin texture. Although serums often look like a cream you shouldn’t confuse them. Read here more about it.

Because of the thin structure, serums are great to wear under another product. I always use a serum before using a cream. Because a serum is heavier than a cream. In a good skin care routine the following applies: start with the lightest product and end with the heaviest product. So use a cream always in the end.

How do you choose the right serum?

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I have to confess that I never really did any good research about which serum to buy. I just looked at the packaging to see what the benefits were and searched online if its reviews were good. But I’ve never thought about which serum my skin needs. That’s something I should have done.

When you buy a serum it’s important to look for ingredients that your skin needs. The more active ingredients isn’t always better. You can overload your skin with it.

So which serum is suitable for your skin? Here is a guide:

Acne-prone skin

Do you suffer from acne-prone skin? The following ingredients in a serum are very suitable for your skin:

These ingredients clean your pores and reduce excess sebum.

Aging skin

Officially you have aging skin from the age of 25. So from this age the following ingredient is very suitable:

This ingredient makes your skin firmer, reducing wrinkles.

Dry skin

Do you have dry skin like me? Then go for these ingredients in your serum:

These ingredients give your skin more moisture.

Pigmentation spots

My Asian skin is very sensitive to pigmentation spots. So the following ingredients work well against it:

These ingredients make your pigmentation spots fade faster.

Sensitive skin

I can also suffer from sensitive skin. These ingredients help with that:

  • Oatmeal
  • Ceramides
  • Thermal spring water
  • Neurosensin
  • Retinol

These ingredients reduce redness and a burning sensation.

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