Just bought your favorite facial serum and don't know how to use it? We got you covered.
Face Serums can be your next ultimate skincare partner. They pack active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, pro-vitamins, and minerals that can help moisturize and hydrate your skin from within. As a result, you'll get a vibrant glow, improved clarity, and balance in your skin's natural moisture process.
But the thing is, not everyone knows how to use it. Do we have to mix it with a moisturizer or use it in raw form?
There are just so many questions…
If you’re one of those, worry not! Using face serum is extremely easy and only require 5 steps to complete.
How to Apply Serum on Face?
Although applying face serum just takes a handful of steps, it is recommended that you first cleanse your skin, apply moisturizer, and then use the facial serum for a complete skin makeover.
Step 1: Cleanse your Skin
To allow your skin to absorb these active ingredients effectively, a face serum should be applied to clean and clear.
Step 2: Apply Toner or Water
Often overlooked, the next step is to apply the correct layer of essentials.
A toner, water, or mist balances your skin's PH level and adds hydration. Not only do they help rebalance your skin but also prepare your skin for the successful use of face serum.
Apply a toner (Like Lavender or Rose Facial Toner) onto a cotton pad or the palms of your hands. Gently rub it and apply in an upward motion on your skin. Your pores will become vibrant after just one use.
Note: If you have no toner, use Rose water.
Step 3: Apply the Face Serum
Now for the main part, how to use face serum.
First of all, we recommend you to follow the instructions that come with the packaging. All face serums are formulated with different ingredients and should be applied as per the company's instructions.
In general, less is more when it comes to face serums.
If the face serum you are using comes with a bottle dropper, dispense 3-4 drops or a pea-sized amount onto your palms.
Gently rub the serum to activate the ingredients. Lightly press your palms onto the skin and pat inwards and outwards in slow motion
Make sure the serum covers your full face and neck. Avoid rubbing on your eyes or any other sensitive part.
Step 4: Wait for the ingredients to dissolve
Once you're done with the application part, wait for a little. Let the ingredients dissolve onto the skin.
A well-formulated serum will take only 2-3 minutes to dissolve onto your skin. If the serum leaves your skin too oily or sticky, it's most likely not doing its job.
Step 5: Moisturizer
While a serum is a perfect hydrating agent, they aren't intended to replace your daily night cream or moisturizers.
In fact, some face serums recommend you to use separate moisturizers as they only contain hydrating ingredients.
You can use any moisturizer you want, it can be a cream, an oil, butter, or anything. Think of it as the final step that seals your serum properties and makes sure all the essential nutrients are locked.
It also gives you an extra layer of protection and hydrates your skin for a dewy glow. Just make sure you don't use too much quantity. It will make your face dripping wet.
The correct way to Apply Skincare Products
Now to summarize the topic, here's the correct and most beneficial way how you can use facial products. If you don't have certain products on the list, just skip them and move on to the next one.
- Exfoliator (Optional)
- Facial Essence (Toner)
- Face Serum
- Eye cream
- Makeup (Foundation, powder, primer, concealer, etc.)
The Final Note
A face serum can be your next secret weapon to achieving perfect skin. As they are made of active ingredients, they have more influence on your skin than moisturizers or creams. But the thing is, you can't use them all the time.
Their ingredients can be irritating, especially if you don't know how to use them properly.
Keep the above steps in mind once you start using one. Don't forget to cleanse your skin and use a moisturizer afterward.
Happy skin-caring ❤️
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I use a face serum?
Most face serums are safe to use twice daily - Once in the morning and once before bedtime. But remember to check the instructions that come with the packaging. Some serums only require one application daily, so bear that in mind.
How much face serum to use?
You only require 3-4 drops of face serum. If it comes in a bottle, then a pea-sized amount of the serum is sufficient for your face.
How long should I leave the serum on my face?
To allow the serum ingredients to absorb onto your skin fully, wait for 3-5 minutes before you use a moisturizer. A well-formulated serum quickly disappears into your skin. If they leave your skin oily, they are not doing their job.
Can I leave face serum overnight?
It is perfectly fine to leave your face serum overnight. Once you're done with your cleansing, apply the serum and some moisturizer. Use a night cream if you want, and then just sleep tight.