Facial Serums…Yet another ploy by the beauty industry for an easy sell? Or an essential step to add to your skincare regime?
So… why a serum?Serums will enhance your skincare in a way your classic moisturiser just isn’t able to, simply by the way it’s structured. Serums are made using smaller molecules and these molecules are able to truly penetrate the skin and offer its benefits on the deepest level. Heavier creams on the other hand tend to so sit on the outermost layer of the skin for surface level benefits.
Nourishing your skin in this way gives it the building blocks it needs to function most efficiently and respond effectively to the active ingredients in your skincare that get you the best results such as Retinol and Vitamin C.
The importance of “hydrating” the skinSerums can be bursting with moisturising ingredients to help skin retain moisture. Why should our skin need this extra moisture? Because almost everything is working against us to draw it from our skin:
- Seasonal changes bring about fluctuations in temperate and humidity which will dehydrate your skin. Then you look to the ways we try to regulate our body temperature (hot showers, cold air conditioning) which further acerbate the drying effects to your skin.
- Our everyday lifestyle choices… yes, that coffee you need to get you moving in the morning contributes to the dehydration of your skin. Other things such as lack of sleep, hot showers, soaps and detergents, sun exposure, salty or chlorinated water can all add to decreased moisture in the skin.
- Our skincare can dry our skin out. Sounds counterproductive, right? Unfortunately, those active ingredients that get you results against challenging skin conditions such as pigmentation can have drying effects to the skin.
- Your skin type… some skin types just lean towards the dry side of things. Believe it or not, even those with oily skin types can be dehydrated. The over-production of oil can be a dehydrated skin attempting to compensate.
- Fine lines and surface wrinkles
- Increased sensitivity
The importance of “protecting” the skinYour skin has a kind of built in defense, otherwise known as a “Lipid Barrier”. Your Lipid Barrier acts as a protective barrier against the world and all its’ harsh aggressors.
- Free radicals found in the environment such as air pollution will damage our skin and cause it to age prematurely – these also happen to be pretty much unavoidable in our modern day-lifestyle.
- Many of the same lifestyle factors mentioned that can contribute to dehydration can also lead to a damaged lipid barrier, UV exposure, lack of sleep, hot showers, and, well, you know the drill by now.
- The initial dryness bought on by active ingredients in your skincare can deplete your lipids, in turn causing a weakened barrier.
- Skincare self-sabotage aka cleansers that are stripping on the skin, over-exfoliating and over-use of active ingredients.
- Age is also a contributor, since your ability to produce oil diminishes over time. This makes it harder to replenish the lipids that are so essential to the integrity of our skin’s barrier.
- Genetics can mean we are predisposed to certain conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. These inflammatory skin conditions are generally accompanied by a weak skin barrier and keeps it from functioning properly.
- Dryness (lack of oil)
- Dehydration (lack of water)
- Reactions to products/sudden sensitivity to existing products
- Increased breakouts
What should we be looking for in our Serums then?Hyaluronic Acid
This is a naturally occurring molecule found in the skin and in the connective tissue of the body. It works as a moisture binder by attaching itself to water in the cells to make them plumper. Its ability to hold 1000x its weight in water helps to retain moisture in the skin keeping you consistently hydrated throughout the day.
This multi-tasking hero works to strengthen the skins protective lipid- barrier while also acting as an anti-inflammatory agent for stronger, more resilient skin. It will assist in regulating oil production, minimising the appearance of pores while maintaining adequate moisture levels in the skin and fighting against any harmful bacteria.
A provitamin that can be readily converted by the body into Vitamin B5. It is both a humectant and an emollient to attract and bind water to the skin while sealing the cracks in the skin and keeping moisture locked in. Alongside it’s hydrating benefits, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and is involved in activating the proliferation of cells that are important for wound healing and restoring the function of the skin barrier.
No need to look any further…The Secret Serum is a multi-tasking skin saviour that covers all of the above.
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Secret Base
The Secret Serum was designed by doctors as the as the perfect complement to every skincare routine, fulfilling that missing piece our skin never knew it wanted, but has always needed.