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Answers to All Your Questions About the Facial Serum Trend

By October 22, 2019May 11th, 2023Skin Care

Facial serums are touted as light, quickly absorbing liquids that are extremely popular in the world of dermatology right now. But how do they really work?

What Is Serum?


Serums are designed to deliver strong, nourishing ingredients directly into the skin. Most serums are composed of small molecules that can deeply penetrate the skin and contain a high concentration of powerful active ingredients. Some serums, like our Revision Vitamin K Serum, are specially designed to reduce the appearance of redness and bruising or to deliver specific vitamins to the skin.

When Should You Apply Serum?

To get the best results from a serum, following the recommended application instructions is crucial. Most serums are designed to be applied after exfoliating and cleansing, but before moisturizing. This allows the ingredients to penetrate the skin while it’s most receptive. In general, we find that a good rule of thumb for what order to apply skincare products is from thinnest to thickest—in other words, moisturizing products should be used during the last few steps of a skincare regimen.

How Long Does Serum Take to Work?

It may be a few days to weeks before you see changes in your skin from applying serums. However, you should give serums time to work during the application. Allow a few minutes to pass so that the product settles into your skin before moving onto moisturizer. This can help the serum penetrate your skin fully without adding extra residue to the mix.

How Much Serum Should You Apply?

Because serums are so concentrated, they also tend to be somewhat more expensive. Luckily, this also means that you don’t need to apply quite as much. In fact, we recommend starting with low amounts of serum so that you can see how your skin reacts and avoid the risk of overdoing it. Fortunately, many serum applicators include droppers or small pumps that help you conserve the product and achieve better results. Once you start to see results, you can decide whether to increase or decrease the amount used.

Facial serums are a good product to include in your routine to keep your skin feeling healthy and young, as well as to help treat specific problems. For more information about skincare products or cosmetic procedures, call The Dermatology Clinic at (225) 769-7546 to learn more today.