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May 162011
 

Serums or concentrates are used for skin care. They are available at beauty shops and do not require a prescription. Serums are ten times more active substances than cream. They are a quick and effective solution for many cosmetic problems. They moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. If used along with massage, they penetrate deep into the skin and the beneficial effect stays for months.

The use of serums is quite safe but still one must be on guard and buy from trustworthy salons so that you get genuine products. Some unscrupulous stores over charge, so a little bit of research regarding quality and price, is necessary. Serums can be used to moisturize, nourish, revitalise and lift up skin. They are anti inflammatory and anti stress and are quite soothing. Specific serums are available for specific problems, so choose the one you need.

The most commonly used serums are collagen serum, Vitamin E serum and Vitamin C serum.

  • Collagen serum is used to provide nutrients to the skin to counteract the effects of aging on the skin. It delays the formation of wrinkles and softens the skin especially if it is dry.
  • Vitamin E serum protects the skin from the effects of sun, smoke and dust and effectively moisturises the skin.
  • Vitamin C serves to hydrate the skin, increasing its water retaining capacity. It encourages the formation of collagen in the skin.

If unable to decide on which serum you need, consult a dermatologist. Do not get mislead by advertisements which promise a hoard of benefits. Use problem specific serums. They should not change character or get oxidized easily.

Be extra careful when choosing a serum to use around the eyes because the skin there is thinner than the rest of the face. The Ph of the serums meant for the face can be around 5.45 but near the eyes it should be around 7. This is the Ph of tears present in the eyes. The dosage of active components in a serum used near the eyes should be carefully calculated. So use a good brand of serum.

The use of a serum which causes an allergy should be discontinued immediately. Most serums are in the form of emulsions so if your face is very oily, avoid using a serum. Try a water based serum accompanied by an antiseptic concentrate. This will prevent acne.

It is best to start taking care of your skin when you are still young. Do not take your skin for granted. When you spot a problem related to premature aging or aging in general, you can turn to serums to help turn back the clock.