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Skincare Ingredients That Really Work
The word “serum” shows up a lot on product labels that promise smoother and brighter skin. But what are serums, and do they really work? A good serum is a light, easily absorbed oil or water-based liquid that comes in a small bottle with a dropper or small pump. It’s highly concentrated, and only a few drops will deliver an intensive dose of ingredients that can address common skin complaints. It is applied on clean skin before moisturizer and sunscreen. Dr. Abigail Waldman, instructor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, recommends serums for anyone who is concerned about aging (Harvard Women’s Health Watch, May 2018).
The active ingredients in serums treat different conditions: Vitamin C can help prevent brown spots, reverse some sun damage, and stimulate collagen growth. Hyaluronic acid helps skin retain needed moisture. Vitamin A (retinol) helps skin shed dead cells. Vitamin B3 helps firm the skin and restore elasticity Collagen peptides and stem cells help with signs of aging. And serums with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide help clear acne
As a Master aesthetician, I can help you select the best serums for your skin. I’m happy to consult with you about what to use and what to avoid.