Mistakes That May Be Making Your Serums Less Effective
Applying After Moisturizer
Applying moisturizer or sunscreen before your serums will make the serum less effective as these products sit on the skin, blocking product penetration. Instead, apply your serum before your moisturizer to allow it to work better for longer.
Not Cleansing Or Exfoliating
Serums need to be able to penetrate your skin’s layers in order to work effectively, which is why it’s important to cleanse your skin before applying. Additionally, exfoliating a few times a week will help your serums work deeper into your pores.
Not Being Consistent
Most serums are designed for daily use, twice a day, and you need to keep using them consistently for the full effect. It’s also important to use the right amount — usually a pea-sized dab or around three to four drops.
Using The Wrong Serum
Different serums address different skincare needs, so it’s necessary to understand your skin concerns so you can choose the right serum for you. For example, exfoliating serums are great for acne-prone skin, while brightening serums work well on dark spots.
Mixing The Wrong Serums
While it’s tempting to make a serum cocktail, not all serums work well with each other. Mixing specific serums together could dilute them, rendering them ineffective, or could create a combo that’s too strong and damaging to your skin.