Serums, serums, serums. Everybody is talking about serums. But are they really that big of a deal? The short answer is yes. Serums rock. That is why we even offer a few serums of our own here at Mint & Needle. And if you’d like the long answer for why serums are so great, then keep reading.
What are serums?
Serums are topical products that consist of concentrated amounts of active ingredients. However, not all serums are created equal. Some serums have lower concentrations, or don’t use quality ingredients. It is important to use serums that have a potent medical grade antioxidant, like the ones we offer in our store.
What are the benefits of using serums?
While moisturizers can provide some added ingredients to help with skincare, serums have a more watery consistency, which allows them to absorb into the skin much more effectively. And because they are so light, they are great for people with sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin as they don’t feel heavy or greasy. If you have ever had issues with using certain moisturizers, then serums could be a game changer for you! With serums, you no longer have to choose between treating your acne and using anti-aging products.
In addition to being light, they are also packed with concentrated active ingredients, meaning they offer a much bigger impact than moisturizers with added ingredients. This higher concentration typically leads to quicker and more visible results than other skincare products.
The benefits you get ultimately depend on which specific serums you use. For example, serums containing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, or Vitamin C will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. Ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide and Glycolic Acid will help to prevent and heal acne.
Serums that Mint & Needle recommends:
Our Youth Serum is an advanced formula that has all kinds of collagen stimulating goodness in one bottle! It’s advanced formula contains a powerful copper complex, Hyaluronic Acid, and Niacinamide, to fight against signs of aging and improve fine lines and wrinkles.
Our Acne Control Serum contains two acne-fighting musts: Benzoyl Peroxide and Glycolic Acid. These two ingredients provide a powerful defense against the bacteria that causes acne on the skin’s surface, resulting in an acne-fighting, blemish-removing powerhouse. It also reduces sebum production and gently exfoliates, which increases cellular turnover and leaves your skin looking matte and refined. It can also be used as a spot treatment to quickly and effectively heal active blemishes.
Our Vitamin C Serum contains (you guessed it) Vitamin C, but also Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. The two vitamins work together to boost collagen production, protect from antioxidants, and treat dark spots on the skin’s surface. The Ferulic Acid adds extra protection from free radicals to your skin. Altogether, this is a great anti-aging serum that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also improving your skin tone. And while it works to improve your skin’s appearance as it is now, it is also preventative and helps to protect the photo-aging of your skin.
Serums aren’t only for your face! Our Hair Repair Serum is a rejuvenating complex designed to address temporary hair thinning caused by stress, fatigue, pregnancy, medication, or seasonal changes. This advanced formula contains peptides, vitamins, and proteins that support the scalp’s natural microcirculation to create healthy conditions for new hair growth. These ingredients also stimulate keratin production and improve hair follicle anchoring, which helps your hair appear fuller, thicker, and more lustrous.
How do I use serums in my routine?
If you’re interested in incorporating serums into your routine, it is important that you apply them in the right order with the rest of your products. (Click here to read more about perfecting the order of your skincare routine.)
Serums should be applied after you wash your face and after using any toner or cleansing pads. It is best to apply serums to damp skin, since it’s more permeable than dry skin, so that more of those concentrated active ingredients get absorbed. Because serums consist of concentrated ingredients, you only need 3 to 5 small drops. Press the product into your skin and let it absorb until your skin no longer feels sticky or damp. Then follow with your moisturizer (and of course SPF if it’s morning). It is very important to not apply after putting on moisturizer, because the moisturizer will act as a barrier and not allow the serum to absorb into your skin.
We hope you found this information helpful, and that you finally understand why everyone and their sister is talking about serums!