Posted on October 23 2016
We all know the basics about moisturizers, toners and cleansers. And we also ‘think’ that we know what serums are. A water-like thingy that you put on the face. And you might also won’t be minding using it whenever you feel like.
It’s about time we learned a thing or two about these true workhorses of any product line. Serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturising with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin.
Moisturisers, cleansing waters, serum-mists, purifying essences—they all sort of look, feel and sound the same. So here’s a breakdown of the distinctions:
- MOISTURISERS and creams are richer and create a barrier on top of the skin to keep all that good stuff in. Serums can be full of moisturizing ingredients to help skin retain moisture. But, that doesn't make them moisturizers in the traditional sense.
- Toners, also called softeners which help to balance your skin's pH levels and prep your skin with a bit of hydration so it can better absorb the following treatments. It can be applied with your fingertips or a cotton pad.
- Essences aid in cell turnover, leading to smoother texture over time, provide the skin with nourishing vitamins and for best absorption, should be patted on the skin with your hands.
- While toners and essences can be considered as prep before the main treatment, SERUM is an ultra-concentrated essence designed to target a specific skin concern, be it dark spots, large pores, wrinkles or acne. Goodbye, signs of ageing!
Now that we know the basics, let’s have a look at 5 different serums and see how they benefit your skin:
The Body Shop Drops Of Youth- Youth Concentrate
Designed to combat the first signs of ageing, Drops of Youth™ enhances the skin's condition, leaving it looking fresher, smoother and healthier.
This serum contains absolutely no silicon or parabens, and an amazing 99% of its ingredients are natural in origin. In this little bottle, science, nature and technology combine!
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum (Rs 1850/-):
Concentrated with Thermal Spa Water and enriched with hyaluronic acid, Aqualia Thermal Serum soothes and helps protect the skin from daily aggressions. Skin is left intensely hydrated.
For women with sensitive, dehydrated normal to combination skin looking for long-lasting effective and sensorial hydration.
Avene Sensitive White Whitening Essence (Rs 2350/-)
Avene Sensitive White line combines effective ingredients carefully selected in high-tolerence formulas: Myrtle extract, plant-based extract rich in anti-radical polyphenols. It regulates the skin's pigmentation process for a deep whitening effect. Ascorbyl glucoside, stabilized Vitamin C precursor, for a surface whitening effect.
Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Pore Minimising Serum (Rs 1200/-):
The Pore Minimising Serum absorbs excess sebum, unclogs and minimises pores. Enriched with Baikal Powder, a genuine source of purity, this serum refines and mattifies combination or oily skin textures.
Biotique Bio Dandelion Ageless Lightening
This lightening serum is a rare combination of pure dandelion, rich in Vitamin E and minerals, blended with nutmeg oil. Used regularly, it helps brighten skin, fade dark spots and ease away wrinkles for a flawless complexion.
Fuschia Firm and Lift Serum (Rs 1250/-):
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