Common Mistakes People Make While Applying Skin Serums
Serums are an effective way to provide your skin with unique ingredients that will make it healthy and glowing! And we definitely love them!
But if you are someone who bought a serum for glowing skin and stopped using it after a while because it wasn't fulfilling its promises, then the chances are you either bought the wrong serum or didn't use it right.
Save yourself from the following common mistakes that are restricting your serum from working its magic!
Not choosing the right serum for your skin
As stated above, serums are specially designed to provide a high concentration of active ingredients that can help with special problems. And as your skin is different and requires different elements to fight different conditions, it is important to find the right face serum for your skin. Choosing a suitable serum includes knowing some things. For example - what's your skin type - is it oil or dry? What do you want your serum to do? - Do you want it to help with acne, or do you want it to help with the signs of ageing? What are the ingredients in a serum?
Failing to pick the suitable serum might end up harming your skin rather than doing any good.
Applying serum on an unclean skin
This is a sin! Be it any skincare product - a moisturizer, serum face mask or toner. One must never apply any product to dirty or unwashed skin.
And when it comes to applying a serum - it's a blunder. One thing that makes serums effective is their ability to seep into the skin and work their magic. Unfortunately, when you apply it on a face full of dirt, pollution or oil, you end up trapping all the impurities in your skin pores. This will result in acne breakouts.
Wrong order of application
As stated above, cleaning your face is step one of any skincare routine; you need to know when to apply your face serum. Applying the serum incorrectly will simply reduce its ability to get active on your skin. If you are someone who uses toner, then apply it after cleaning your face and then go for a serum. It is important to apply a moisturizer after a serum because it will help seal the goodness of your serum, prevent moisture loss, and take care of your skin barrier. Follow this order: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Moisturize.
If you use night creams or face oils, you can use them after you are done with the above.
At this point, we would like to raise a popular misconception about serums that they also work as a moisturizer. While serums can moisturize your skin, they are not moisturizers. A moisturizer is an all-purpose product, whereas a serum focuses on one specific skincare concern. You cannot replace one with another.
Not using the right quantity
The question is - how much is enough? Using too much serum will overdose your pores (also the wastage), and using too little will not do anything! The correct way is to use 2-3 drops or a pea-sized amount of face serum for your whole face and neck. You can drop a small amount on your fingertips and then spread it to your face.
Rubbing the face serum instead of patting it
How we apply a skincare product is actually responsible for how it works on your skin. While it is so much easier to just slap some serum into your hands and rub it all over your face, it is not the right way of applying a serum. This way, you end up wasting too much product as it much of it winds up on your palms instead of your face. The right way is to pump some product onto your fingertips and then press it into your skin. Apply it in an upward motion and avoid rubbing or tugging your skin. This pressing motion will help with product penetration, so you'll get more results with less product.
Using the wrong combination of face serums
The market is overflowing with skincare actives. However, it is not necessary to pair your serums, but if you are doing that, then you should be aware of the combinations that work together and those that do not. For example, you can use Hyaluronic Acid with vitamin C or retinol, but you should not use retinol with vitamin C. Additionally, it is also essential to identify which serum is an AM serum and which one works best at night. This will make your combination serums work better.
The key to any successful skincare routine lies in consistency. So make a routine and do not skip serum application. This will make the serum work its magic efficiently.
In the end, we would like to say that serums are worth every penny, and you must include them in your skincare.