Oils & Serums

We’re always on the lookout for beauty products that aid in our pursuit to age gracefully. Even though our medicine cabinets are equipped with essentials like sunscreen and eye cream, face serum is something we are gradually integrating into our rotation. Adopting a facial serum seems intimidating at first with its hefty price tag. Then we are reminded of all the skincare benefits, from clearing blemishes to smoothing wrinkles, and feel compelled to give it a try. To ensure that we were using the product correctly, we took our face serum concerns to three experts. We wanted to know how often we should apply the serum, which ingredients target our specific issues and more.

Serums are simply an added step for those that have the right skin type and are looking to go the extra mile in their daily routines.

Keeping an eye out for the following ingredients:

  • Antixodants like pomegranate extract, vitamin C and grape seed extract help protect against possible sun damage and fight the damaging free radicals responsible for much of what we perceive as skin aging, including fine lines.
  • Anti-inflammatories, including zinc, arnica, aloe vera and goldenseal, neutralize redness and prevent inflammatory cell damage.
  • Hydrators such as ceramides, amino acids and essential fatty acids strengthen the skin’s barrier and help build strong cell membranes. These ingredients protect against dryness and fine lines by replenishing naturally occurring skin lipids, improving moisture retention and protecting skin from the environment.

The right time to use a serum depends on the formula and your skincare routine.

A serum can be applied in the morning, at night or both, but Dr. Charles advises against applying a serum in the evening time if you are already applying a topical retinoid. The combination of the two products may lead to irritation.

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