What’s So Great About Serums?
Dr. Baumann says, “Serums are great because they are usually the one thing in your regimen that treats special concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation and rosacea with antioxidants. Antioxidants can calm down inflammation, speed up the exfoliation process, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and repair sun damage.” Lucky for you, the hardest part is figuring out what concern to address and you’ve already got that covered.
Skin Types & Concerns
To fight irritation and calm redness, Baumann recommends looking for products with soothing ingredients such as grape seed oil, feverfew, soy, resveratol, caffeine, and green tea. Avoid ingredients that may react poorly with sensitive skin like glycolic acid, citrus, lactic acid, and hydroquinone.
Unlike your sensitive friends, you can afford to use serums with a bit more punch. Baumann says to look for serums with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, willow bark, fever few and soy, which will treat acne and keep skin hydrated, not oily.
Because resistant skin can be hard to treat, serums are particularly useful. Baumann suggests looking for ingredients that are known to have skin-lightening properties, such as vitamin c, kojic acid, licorice root, hydroquinone, and glycolic acid.
For the most anti-aging and moisturizing impact, Baumann says, “non-sensitive types can use serums that include vitamin c, hydroquinone, idebenone, CoQ10, or glycolic acid.” On the other hand, “Sensitive types should look for ingredients that are anti-inflammatory like feverfew, soy, grape seed oil extract, green tea, caffeine, and resveratol.”