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How To Correctly Use Face Serum

Face serum is effective at healing and protecting your skin. Here's how to use it correctly and safely.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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If you’re looking for a face serum or have recently purchased one, you’re probably excited to try it out and see what type of results you get. However, if you’re new to serums or skincare in general, you may need to do a bit of research on how best to apply the product correctly.

You’re in the right place, continue reading for the best instructions for getting the most out of your face serum.

The role of face serum

Before you dive in, let’s remind ourselves of what face serum is and what it does. Serum is designed to be a comprehensive way to treat the skin on the face. Over time, due to daily stresses and environmental factors like pollution and sunlight, the facial skin can get damaged and worn out. Serum, using powerful ingredients like vitamins and retinol, penetrates the surface of the skin to rejuvenate and heal as much of it as possible. When used consistently at the right times, serum can restore a youthful glow to the skin and fortify it from future harm.

How to apply face serum

In order to correctly apply face serum to induce the best results, there are a few steps to take.

#1 – Cleanse the face

Before you apply the serum you must make sure your skin is primed and correctly prepared. To do this, find a gentle face cleanser and wash the skin thoroughly. This will help to remove any surface dirt and allow the serum to do its work unimpeded.

#2 – Apply moisture

Next, using a cotton wipe or just your hands, rub some clean water into your face. Don’t splash too much on, just use a thin layer to add some moisture to the skin’s surface. This will further prepare the skin for the serum as damp skin allows products to be more impactful.

#3 – Apply face serum

Depending on which type of serum you have, there may be specific instructions on the packaging that you should follow.

Otherwise, squeeze 3-4 drops out of the serum dropper onto your hand. Use your fingertips to transfer the serum from your hand to your face and gently rub it in. Remember, serums use potent ingredients so it’s important to not use too much that it causes irritation.

Once you have gently rubbed the serum in all the desired areas of the face, allow it to sit and the skin will begin to absorb it.

#4 – Wait

Patience is key. To allow the serum to work most effectively, wait for at least 5 minutes before touching or applying anything else to the face. Your skin needs to work uninterrupted in order to properly absorb and process the serum’s ingredients. Wait.

#5 – Apply a moisturizer

Once you have given sufficient time for the serum to get to work, you’ll need to supply your face with much-needed moisture. While serums are excellent at healing skin, they tend to be light on moisturizing elements, so the skin will need a nice little top-up once a serum has been used. You can use whichever moisturizer you prefer, but again, moderation is key, don’t drown your face in too much otherwise, you may interfere with the work the serum has done.

Final word

Facial serums are excellent at what they do and we recommend incorporating them into any good daily skincare routine.

The application process may seem simple, but it requires care and patience to be the most effective. Good luck in your face serum journey.

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