Mischo Beauty School: Serums 101

I believe in serums and am amazed at how the skin benefits from them! A serum is simply a highly concentrated treatment of active ingredients used to penetrate and treat various skin conditions such as dehydration, stress, environmental damage, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues or loss of elasticity.

They're usually made up of vitamins, lipids or antioxidants and are usually the consistency of a thin liquid. To allow for maximum penetration into the skin, they're formulated with smaller molecules which make them extremely effective. They can be used both day and night and are usually applied under a moisturizer, but can be used alone. During a facial an esthetician might apply a serum under your mask or before the application of your moisturizer, depending on your specific skincare needs.

So, do you need to use a serum? Well, I would suggest following a skincare regimen first. Once you're consistent with your regimen, really begin to pay attention to your skin and make note- for example- of dehydrated areas, loss of elasticity and dullness. If your skincare regimen doesn't correct these issues, then I'd highly suggest investing in a serum!

Questions? Love your skin.



Lyssa said...

This is very helpful--I recently purchased The Body Shop's Vitamin E Serum. I have always heard women with beautiful skin say they apply vitamin E to their face. I was too scared to use the oil because I wasnt sure how my combination/mostly oily skin could handle it, so I was happy to find it in a serum-form. I have been using it for about a wk now and find that it is very helpful.

March 11, 2010 at 9:20 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Lyssa: So happy to hear that- thank you! Glad you were able to find one that's working for you! :)

March 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Nicole said...

I was given a serum by my dermatologist and after a week I was able to see a big difference is my skin. My skin stayed moisturized all day but not oily, it was one of the best skin treatments that I invested in.

March 11, 2010 at 7:49 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Nicole: Good! So happy to hear that- they do really work. :)

March 11, 2010 at 7:58 PM

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