Skin Care Routine – Serums

Welcome back to our Skin Care Routine Series

where we’re highlighting the steps of our primping practice and shouting out some of our clean beauty faves. If you’ve been following along, so far we’ve cleansed and toned the skin, washing away impurities and priming the skin for further treatment.

Missed our earlier posts on cleansing and toning? Check them out here: Skin Care Routine – Cleansers, and here: Skin Care Routine – Toners

Skin Care Routine – Serums

With a clean slate, now’s the time to apply products that will nourish, replenish, and repair the skin. And when it comes to skincare that delivers healthy ingredients to skin’s deepest layers, nothing can beat a serum. You’ve heard us fangirling over them on the blog before, but let’s take a closer look at these potent potions and what makes them so great.

What exactly is a serum?

Serums are lightweight, liquid moisturizers with a high concentration of active ingredients. The real MVP in your routine, serums leave out the heavier oils and butters found in moisturizers, allowing them to work their magic in deeper layers of the skin. Serums are highly effective for all skin types, easily-absorbed and non-greasy.

How do I use a serum?

Serums should be applied to clean, toned skin, before your moisturizer or any other facial oil. A little goes a long way when it comes to serums, just 2 or 3 drops pressed into the skin is enough per use. Because of their lightweight nature, we like to let our serums sink in a minute or two before applying moisturizers or any other kind of sealant that might hinder absorption of the tiny nutritive molecules that serums have to offer.

Ready for a pro tip?  You can mix or layer serums together for a double dose of skin nourishment. Most serums play well together, allowing you to address multiple issues at once (also, good luck trying to pick just one serum…). Mix serums of the same consistency together, or layer when one is heavier than another, starting with the lightweight one first. And finally, as awesome as serums are, they only moisturize to a certain extent, so be sure to follow up with a dedicated moisturizer. You can also mix your serums with a lightweight moisturizer if applying them alone proves to be too intense.

OK, I get the hype and need a serum in my life. What’s the best one for me?

Echoing our previous posts in the series, choosing the best products for your skin care routine comes down to understanding your skin and what your goals are (yes, we totally have #skingoals). The good news is that there is a serum for literally every skin woe or hope there is. Hydrating? Yep. Reparative? Gotcha. Brightening? Duh.

When it comes to serums, we pray at the altar of Odacite’s Serum Concentrates, a veritable periodic table of plant-based serums. These best-sellers are our go-to when it comes to effective, targeted skincare and we regularly have to resist the urge to collect them all. Some of our Odacite favorites include:

Ro + Y Rosehip Ylang Ylang for wrinkle reversal and anti-aging
Gt + L Green Tea Lemongrass for skin radiance and luminescence
Po + R Pomegranate Rose Geranium for hydration
Jo + L Jojoba Lavender for oily or congested skin

Another serum we love is the Vitamin C Facial Serum by One Love. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin-C make it a highly coveted serum ingredient, and we love the synergistic boost it gets with the addition of Vitamin E and green tea in One Love’s formulation.

Are you already clearing space in your cabinet for your new serum friends?

We thought so.

Need help with your Skin Care Routine?

We’re here to help you find the right serum for you – stop by the store, give us a buzz, or reach out on social media to let us know what you’re looking for. We can get you going on your skin care routine.

And stay tuned for the next installment of our skin care routine series!