How to Choose a Serum Based on Your Skin Type
Sure, you could slap on a cream moisturizer after you wash your face and call it a day, but if you could enhance the benefits of your skincare routine tenfold by introducing a serum into the mix, wouldn’t you? If you haven’t yet hopped on board the serum train, it’s high time to find a seat as the category is steadily growing—a clear indicator that consumers are demanding a hefty and diverse supply, a movement likely informed by the sheer efficacy and proven science behind the formulas.
Confused how these differ from traditional moisturizers? Serums are loaded with active ingredients packaged in small molecules carried in lightweight formulas so that they drive deeper into the skin. This doesn’t discount the need for a moisturizer though—the richer, lipid-based formulas of creams create a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture from escaping and help repair the delicate top layers. But without applying a serum first, your skin is missing out on a stronger delivery system and complexion-refreshing nutrients you wouldn’t get from a moisturizer alone.
It’s important to note, though, that you can’t pick up any old bottle of serum at the store and expect your desired outcome. Different formulations are intended for different needs (as is the case with all skincare), so we turned to Alexandra Gold, PA-C and Brittney Danberry, PA-C of Schweiger Dermatology in Manhattan for their thoughts on the best serums for every skin type.
Source: Byrdie – How to Choose a Serum Based on Your Skin Type By, Lindsey Metrus