After all that Halloween makeup you abused your face with PLUS the dry chilly dehydrating autumn air, your skin is definitely ready for a little extra TLC.
Sometimes a moisturizer just isn’t enough and you need to up your skincare ante with a facial serum.
Serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients than most other skin care products, are thinner than a moisturizer and can penetrate deep into the layers of your skin that your typical moisturizer can’t reach.
They are meant to be used underneath your moisturizer NOT as a replacement for it.
Moist skin is ten times more permeable than dry skin. After cleansing leave the skin damp and apply your serum. By leaving your skin damp the active ingredients in your serum will penetrate deeper within the skin giving you better results. Moisturizers are meant to create a protective barrier over the skin to keep moisture in the skin from evaporating and keeping environmental irritants and debris out. Serums, while meant to hydrate, should never be used alone as they don’t contain the protective properties that moisturizers do.
Day and Night.
There are two serums that I am absolutely obsessed with, Amore Pacific All Day Balancing Care Serum and Omorovicza Gold Night Drops. Why two serum’s? Because our skin has different needs at different times of the day.
During the day, skin is subject to damaging UV rays, pollution, environmental stresses, and makeup, so products designed for use during the day are primarily focused on protection and support.
At night our skin does its repairing, restoring, and regenerating while we sleep, so night skin-care products are focused on moisture and recovery. They contain powerful, slow-absorbing ingredients that are designed to penetrate over the course of several hours and have the highest concentrations of anti-aging compounds ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid, which are able to do their work without interference from SPF’s which we use during the day.
The Amore Pacific exclusive Balancycle Complex™ utilizes White Birch Sap, Musk Mallow Extract and other Asian Botanicals to balance the skin’s natural rhythm. By fortifying skin’s condition against environmental aggressors such as pollution, lack of sleep, and stress, this skincare essential helps to reduce sebum production and enhance moisture levels while returning skin to a youthful, healthy and more rested appearance.
What Does it Do: The serum contains the patented Bmal1 and Balancycle Complex TM to regulate the circadian rhythm. The Circadian rhythm is also known as the ‘biological clock’ of 24 hours. Lack of sleep and stress causes tired looking skin due to the disruption of the biorhythm. In addition, 10 kinds of Asian Botanical extracts acts an anti oxidants and provides moisture to the skin, and balancing it while normalizing the skin turnover cycle giving you soft moist skin all day long.
How To Use: 1-2 pumps each morning on cleansed skin.
Where to buy: Available at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com
Gold Night Drops. This rich and powerful anti-aging treatment harnesses the anti-inflammatory properties of gold to repair, contour and lift skin overnight. A transformative anti-aging night serum, Gold Night Drops works in three stages to resurface wrinkles, repair & strengthen, and hydrate & nourish the skin at night when skin is most receptive to healing.
What Does it Do: reduce free radical damage, correct and reverse photo aging and sun damage, strengthen and firm the skin, and restore hydration levels to the skin for totally youthful results. Leaves skin softer, plumper and more radiant.
How To Use: Apply 1-2 drops to the face and décolletage after cleansing in the evening.
Where to Buy: Available at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com
You are a girl after my own heart! I’m a product junkie and was just thinking about trying some new serums. Definitely going with these two per your recommendation! Thanks!
I cannot believe I didn’t know serums aren’t supposed to be used alone! Ugggggggggggggggggggh.
I’m so make-up clueless. I’ve been using a serum sample I received as a moisturizer. Thank you for letting me know how I should really use it!!
Love the Omorovicza Line…will definitely check out the Amore Pacific line. Am always looking for a great serum. Especially during the cold weather, chapped skin months!