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What are Serums and How to Use Them.

Serums are used by men and women all around the world as part of their everyday skincare routine, helping to keep the face and body looking and feeling great. But, what is a serum – and what makes a body serum special? Here’s everything you need to know about this skincare marvel, which packs in nourishment and gives you healthier, hydrated skin:

What are Serums?

Skin care serums are used to target troublesome skin problems, such as dryness and flakiness, dull, tired-looking skin, or patches of sensitive skin. Serums can have a thick, almost gel-like feel to them, and work by tackling the issue right at the source. Remember that healthy skin on the inside shows on the outside! You can get facial serums, as well as body serums – using the right product on the right area of the body will make a big difference.

How Do Serums Work?

Often with dry skin issues, the underlying problem is that the skin’s protective surface barrier isn’t functioning properly – this is where serums come in. Serums are often concentrated with active ingredients  that penetrate  into the top layers of skin to renew lipids – the layers in and around skin cells which form a barrier to keep moisture locked in. Serums can maximize the skin’s natural renewal cycle overtime, so that soft, hydrated skin isn’t just temporary.

How Should I Use Body Serums?

The great news is that using a serum is simple. You can apply them just as you would a normal body lotion. It may feel richer and thicker than a normal body lotion or moisturizer, but the serum will quickly sink into your skin and leave it feeling smooth and soft. Always apply serums after cleansing skin, and before any additional creams or lotions you use as part of your skin care regime. This will allow the serum to get to work penetrating deep down.

What's the Best Type of Serum for Dry Skin?

There are lots of different types of body serums on the shelves, so it’s important to find the one that’s right for you. For dry skin, look out for serums with ingredients that not only lock in moisture but also help to heal dry skin. Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums contain a unique formula of PPAR activators – those little particles that help to boost the skin’s natural renewal cycle – as well as Elastomers for a silky, smooth application, and micro-droplets of our original ‘Wonder Jelly’.

These micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly seal in moisture deep down by forming a protective barrier between cells in damaged or dry skin. With a combination of these three ‘wonder’ ingredients, Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums are great for everyday moisturization of dry skin.

Which Type of Serum is Best for Sensitive Skin?

For extremely sensitive or dry skin, it’s a good idea to use a combination of a moisturizer and a serum to help keep your skin healthy. The serum helps to brighten and rejuvenate, adding nutrients deep down, and the moisturizer hydrates and nourishes skin at the surface. Look for a serum that is dermatologically tested and gentle on skin, like Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Advanced Relief Healing Serum. For people with chronic skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, it’s advisable to use a serum or moisturizer prescribed by your doctor.

Can I Buy Skin Brightening Serums?

Yes! If you’re suffering with dull, tired skin, think about a skin brightening serum to help replace that lost glow. A serum formulated with petroleum jelly can help facilitate rejuvenation of dry, damaged skin cells. The range of Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums are great for restoring a healthy looking glow. Micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly in the serums’ formula lock in moisture to repair the skin’s barrier and speed up the skin’s natural regeneration process. Try Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Radiance Restore Healing Serum with pure cocoa butter to rejuvenate dry, dull skin.

Just remember, don’t rush into buying a body serum; take some time to figure out what your skincare troubles are, and choose a serum to target the problem directly.

Find more healthy skin tips and facts on the Skin Health page.

The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.

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