Are Facial Serums Effective? Everything You Need to Know About Facial Serums

With the growing popularity of facial serums among beauty bloggers and You-Tubers, we can’t help but be intrigued. You may already be using serums but are still not entirely sure about what is in them—or even how they are meant to be used. This is why we rounded up some helpful information for facial serum fans (and potential future users!) to help them get the most out of their products.

What is Facial Serum?

A serum contains highly concentrated amounts of vitamins and other things your skin needs to look its best. These things are broken down into a form that makes them small enough to get directly into your skin where they are needed most. In other words, writes Common Cents Mom, they are perfectly suited to attack specific skin problems, like wrinkles, and effectively improve them.

What is the Best Way to Use Facial Serum?

Facial serums can come in a few different forms. In most cases, they are liquid, but you can also find facial serum oils or creams. The type of serum you use will determine the best way to use it, so be sure to check labels. 

In most cases, a liquid facial serum is applied to the face once a day after cleansing, but before moisturizing. This way, the concentrated ingredients in the serum get into the skin where they belong, and then the moisturizer acts as a barrier on top of the skin that prevents them from escaping before they finish their job.

What is Facial Serum Used For?

Facial serums are commonly used to fight the signs of aging by locking in moisture with ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. However, they are not a true moisturizer in form or function. In contrast to the serum, which penetrates the skin and builds it up from the inside, a moisturizer sits on top of the skin and acts as a protective layer that keeps moisture in and environmental toxins out.