Serums are highly sought after skincare treatment products. A quality serum contains the optimal dose of performance ingredients. Each formulation has an effective delivery system to get those important actives deep down into your skin where they can do the most good.
Basically there are three different types of serums. You should combine theses three types to get the most out of your skincare routine. Today our focus will be on repair serums.
Exfoliating serums are basically acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) include Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid,Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid and Mandelic Acid. These acids have varying molecular sizes that affect their potency and their ability to penetrate the skin. For example Glycolic has the smallest molecule so it gets deeper into the skin and is the best at clearing pores. Lactic Acid is gentler but more hydrating. Alpha Hydroxy Acids work by dissolving the bonds between dead surface cells to loosen these cells and expedite their exfoliation. They help stimulate the production of newer, fresher cells. After using an AHA at night your skin will feel noticeably in the morning. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are similar, but are oil soluble and can permeate sebum in clogged pores while inducing an antibacterial effect that is beneficial for problem skin. Retinoids are Vitamin A derived acids that speeds up cell turnover and help reorganize surface cell layers. That means it softens lines, helps clear pores and blemishes and brightens pigmentation making skin look younger and and smoother, reviving its natural glow. In the lower layers it stimulates new collagen and supports the dermal matrix, improving firmness and the strength of the skin. Retinoids don't work as fast as AHAs but they result in dramatic improvements for the skin. Unless you have very sensitive skin, everyone should include a retinol serum and AHAs as part of their nighttime skincare routine, albeit not on the same nights.
Antioxidant Serums are skin protective serums that should be applied in the morning, to reduce oxidative damage caused by sun and other environmental agers and to increase the efficacy of your sunscreen. Vitamin C is one such antioxidant that helps protect against sun damage, brightens the skin and is critical for new collagen formation. Other antioxidant serums include super foods; fruits and vegetables that inherently possess protective chemicals that are passed on to you to protect your skin. An important characteristic of antioxidants are the polyphenols they contain. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They're packed with antioxidants with the ability to reduce the subtle inflammation that repetitively assaults the skin, a major factor when it comes to skin aging. Our C & E Antioxidant Serum has been the one constant in my skincare routine over 40 years and has had the most profound effect. Though most clients tolerate Vitamin C very well, very sensitive skins may not. This is when botanical based superfoods can work their magic at keeping pro-aging free radicals from causing damage.
But... damage happens. You've stayed out in the sun too long, been exposed to a polluted environment, eaten the wrong foods, missed your required amount of sleep, or been under prolonged stress. There are numerous repair serums that beef up your ability to correct damage within your skin due to extrinsic as well as intrinsic factors.
With so many serums out their how do you know which one is going to work best for you? Here at LONGEVITY we offer twelve specialty serums. We realize that might be a bit confusing so here is a brief explanation of who should be using which serum: