Are You Getting The Most From Your Serums?

August 21, 2020

Are You Getting The Most From Your Serums?

Follow These Skincare Steps For Glowy Skin & A Peaceful Mind

When you bring a high-quality, ethically sourced skin serum into your routine, it can rejuvenate your cells with scents that illuminate your soul.

There’s just nothing like the power of vibrant self-care practices that are full of the world’s highest-quality botanicals. 

When it comes to serums, though, there is a catch… 

Even the world’s best serums won’t do much at all if you’re using them incorrectly.

And the truth is, even the most discerning skincare aficionados and wellness seekers have been reading, hearing about, and using serums for so long now, they might not realize they’ve breezed past the fundamentals of making the most of their plast-powered potential.

We want to make sure you’re completely equipped to get the most out of your serums and your skincare in general. 

With the right routine — and a deep understanding of the WHY behind it all — you’ll see skin-boosting, luminous results incredibly quickly. 

Why The Order You Layer Products In Matters

Layering on your products in the correct order —  cleanse, mist, serum, moisturizer — is a must. 

When you follow this cleanse, mist, serum, moisturizer guide, you’re applying your products beginning with the thinnest, and finishing off your routine with the thickest, heaviest product. 

Why is this the order that everyone from healers to plant medicine experts to dermatologists agree on whole heartedly? Your skin’s goal will always be to protect your skin at all costs — which means it’s automatic reaction is to keep out all those skincare products you’re trying so hard to apply... 

Because only a very small amount of skincare ingredients can penetrate the skin, it’s important to be strategic about their application. When you apply products in the correct order, you’ll see the best results from your skin care regimen because the heavier products (like moisturizer) won’t block the effectiveness of the thinner products like mist and toner you’ll use earlier in your routine.

Keep on reading to discover the serum skincare essentials you need to know as we move through your ideal skincare routine.

This Skincare Regimen Boost Your Serum’s Effectiveness

Step 1: Cleanse.

Before you apply your favorite face serum, cleanse your skin with a high-quality cleanser. An effective cleanser removes not only makeup, but gets rid of invisible dirt and debris — clearing the way for your skin to absorb your favorite products later on in your routine.

Step 2: Apply Mist/Toner.

Next, mist your face, neck, and décolletage to hydrate and refresh your complexion — after cleansing, and anytime throughout the day.

This step is a must. Did you know that when your skin is damp with a high-quality mist, it’s 10x more permeable than dry skin alone? This makes it all the more welcoming to your favorite botanical face serum.

Step 3: Apply Serum.

After you’ve cleansed and dampened your skin, it’s time for the main event — your facial serum.

While the skin is still moist, apply a few drops of your favorite facial serum to your face, neck and décolletage.

Make sure you choose the serum that matches with your skin’s needs. For example:

  • Our Skin Charm™ Glow Serum’s highly targeted blend works to restore healthy cellular function to address many visible signs of skin decline.
  • Radiant Rose Glow Serum directly supports a healthy inflammatory response, a smooth even-toned complexion, superior hydration, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Radiant Glow Antioxidant Serum’s blend of artisanal and wildcrafted nut, seed, and plant oils regenerates and repairs damaged skin — including acne-prone, dry, chapped, and sunburned skin.

Lightly cover, not drench, your entire face and neck with your favorite serum.The exact amount you’ll need will vary depending on your skin’s characteristics and the product you’re using. 

If you’re unsure how much to use, start out with a pea-sized amount and add more as needed. Using a dropper for your serum? Try 3-4 drops. 

There are two different application techniques you’ll want to try:

  • Apply the serum with your fingertips. Gently tap, pat, and smooth the serum onto your skin. Avoid rubbing too hard — just let the product absorb on its own once you’ve smoothed it out.
  • Apply the serum with your palms. Apply two pumps or 3-4 drops of serum into your palm. To warm and activate the serum, softly rub your palms together. Pat the serum on your skin, using outwards and upwards motions until it’s fully applied to your face and neck.

It’s easy to forget this part: wait five minutes for the serum to fully absorb.

Step 4: Moisturize.

While many face serums contain moisturizing elements that leave your skin feeling soft and supple, they shouldn't actually replace your moisturizer. Instead, your serum and moisturizer support one another, each empowering the other to do its job more effectively.

Applying your moisturizer to your face and neck is the last skincare routine step — the finishing touch that seals in your serum and its nutrients.

This extra layer of moisture hydrates your skin for a supple, dewy glow.

Bonus step: Store Your Serum With Care

Get the most from face serum and extend its life when you store it in a cool, dry place.

If you’re still looking for that perfect face serum to complete your skincare, check out our best face serums and find your perfect match.

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