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THE SCIENCE OF SERUMS: HOW TO FIND THE BEST ONE FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

When it comes to skincare, serums have emerged as powerhouse products, beloved for their ability to deliver potent ingredients into the skin. Unlike heavier creams or lotions, serums are lightweight, fast-absorbing, and directly designed to target specific skin concerns with high concentrations of active ingredients. Understanding the science behind serums and how to select the right one for your skin type can transform your skincare routine and help you achieve a more radiant complexion.

The following post serves as an introduction into the world of serums and offers tips for choosing the perfect match for your skin type.

What Are Serums?

Serums are essentially lightweight moisturisers that penetrate deeply to deliver active ingredients into your skin. By omitting many of the thicker ingredients found in traditional moisturisers, serums can pack a much higher concentration of active ingredients—which is where the magic happens! Typically water-based, serums help address common skin issues such as wrinkles, sun damage, dullness, enlarged pores, and dehydration without heavy ingredients that can clog pores.

The Science Behind Serums

Serums are designed to efficiently deliver high concentrations of active compounds directly to the skin's deeper layers, thanks to their light texture and small molecular structure. This direct delivery system allows serums to effectively address an array of complex skin issues. Ingredients commonly found in serums penetrate quickly to repair and enhance the skin from within. By targeting skin concerns at the source, serums facilitate noticeable improvements in skin's texture, elasticity, and overall appearance, leading to a healthier, more vibrant complexion.

Choosing the Right Serum for Your Skin Type

Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: If you have oily skin, a serum containing niacinamide, salicylic acid, or hyaluronic acid might be just what you're looking for. Niacinamide balances sebum production, minimises the appearance of enlarged pores, and offers anti-inflammatory benefits, making it suitable for oily skin prone to breakouts. Salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and reduce excess oil, making it perfect for combating acne and maintaining a clear complexion. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid provides necessary hydration without adding oiliness, ensuring the skin remains moisturised and balanced. DMK’S Acu Crème is formulated for congested, acne-prone skin in order to purify and decongest the skin while providing moisture and nourishment.

Dry and Dehydrated Skin: For dry or dehydrated skin, serums containing hyaluronic acid, glycerine, or peptides are beneficial. Hyaluronic acid provides deep hydration by helping the skin retain its moisture, glycerin acts as a humectant, attracting moisture from the environment to keep skin hydrated and peptides promote collagen production, enhancing skin’s elasticity and reducing wrinkles. These key ingredients help achieve hydrated, smooth, and youthful-looking skin. If your skin is in need of moisture, try Sothys Intensive Hydrating Serum. This iconic Sothys formula combines 4 sources of hyaluronic acid with 2 patented Sothys active ingredients to sustainably boost the mechanisms of hydration. DMK Hydroloc Cream is another excellent option. It’s a lipid-rich lubricating cream whose natural sealants grab moisture and increase hydration in the skin.

Sensitive Skin: For sensitive skin, the key is to find serums that soothe and reduce inflammation without causing irritation. Ingredients like chamomile, argan oil, and aloe vera are known for their calming properties. Sothys Ultra-lipid SOS Serum is designed to instantly alleviate discomfort and rebalance the skin's natural ecosystem. Skin swiftly feels more at ease and visibly calmer with this innovative and nourishing formula that aims to restore the skin's protective barrier, safeguard the skin's microbiota, and provide immediate comfort to the skin.

Aging Skin: To combat signs of aging, opt for serums rich in antioxidants, retinol, and/or peptides. Antioxidants protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, retinol stimulates collagen production, and peptides support skin elasticity and firmness. DMK’S Biogen C Biogen was one of Danné’s flagship formulas and became known as the ‘beauty flash cream,’ used to calm, rejuvenate, and replenish depleted and stressed skin. This lipid, vitamin C, and antioxidant-rich cream improves tissue oxygenation, restores hydration, and strengthens weakened capillaries. It also helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Biogen C is a pick-me-up cream designed for those wanting to look refreshed and maintain a vital, youthful glow.

Tips for Using Serums

Serums are all different and should be applied as instructed on the packaging. Generally speaking, however, you’ll want to apply your serum to clean, damp skin. Usually the best time to apply is after cleansing but before moisturising, while your skin is still damp as this enhances absorption .Gently pat the serum into your skin with your fingertips without pulling or stretching the skin. If you're using multiple serums, start with the thinnest consistency and work your way up to the thickest.

Ready to get started with serums? By understanding your skin type and the specific issues you want to address, you can select a serum that works harmoniously with your skin, paving the way for a healthier, more radiant complexion. If you have any questions about the serums Chleo offers and want to learn more, contact us today!