As a potent form of skincare, serums are one of those products you want to know exactly what they’re doing. This class of product generally focuses on nourishing the skin to help it maintain an overall better level of health. Think of it as high quality support for your skin that helps to make up for those times when your care was just a bit lacking. They need to be used appropriately though. You have to apply them right after you’ve finished cleaning your face, but before you apply any other products to make the most of them. You’ll otherwise run into the problem where the serum can’t penetrate past either grime and oil or other products to reach your skin. Using them correctly can be the key to helping damaged skin recover though. With that in mind, it seems fitting to look at some of the best ingredients to find in your facial serums and what exactly they’re capable of doing for your skin.

Vitamin C
If you want your skin to be as healthy as possible, this vitamin is one of the best ingredients to find in your serum. A healthy dose of topical vitamin C has been shown to be able to affect the skin. It is particularly important to those of us who are looking for a serum with anti-aging properties. Vitamin C, once properly processed by the body, is useful in the construction and reinforcing of collagen I the skin. As a primary structural protein in the skin, collagen is responsible for helping to keep our skin firm and youthful. Its gradual loss is what leads to the formation and deepening of wrinkles over time. It is relatively easy to ensure that the skin is getting enough vitamin C with a serum. It works best when used in conjunction with other ingredients that support collagen formation and an overall skin healthy lifestyle. Most people do get noticeable results in relatively short order, though.

Retinol and retinoids are all derivatives of a form of vitamin A. This, along with vitamin C, is one of the big three vitamins that are skin friendly. You generally want them in relative abundance in your skincare if you’re interested in keeping your skin healthy. Depending on its form, vitamin A can contribute different things to your skin. The most common benefits are ones that help to support your skin’s natural healing process. Retinol and its relatives are all potent antioxidants in their own right. This allows them to help neutralize free radicals in your skin that lead to consistent, low-level damage happening to your skin constantly. In many ways, this simple fact alone makes them an excellent addition to any serum as it boosts your skin’s overall potential health dramatically. You do get other benefits though. Retinol and its relatives are also known for having a slight soothing effect on inflamed skin. You’ll always want to remember to apply a moisturizer after using a retinol product though as they can dry out the skin slightly.

Vitamin E
As another important vitamin, E is one of those things you want to see in your skincare products. The vitamin is particularly adept at supporting your skin’s health just like the other two we’ve highlighted. E is known for helping to boost collagen production in the skin and has also shown to be connected to elastin production as well. Both of these proteins are necessary for helping to keep your skin healthy. Collagen, as we highlighted before, provides for the bulk of the structure in your skin. Elastin is its counterpart and equally necessary to ensure that your skin remains youthful. Much as you might expect from its name, elastin is what allows your skin to “snap back” into place when it has been previously disturbed. Loss of elastin leads to drooping skin that is less able to hold any sort of shape and leads to increased wrinkles. That makes vitamin E incredibly useful in both normal skincare products and anti-aging ones.

Serum, as a highly potent products, are there to help give you the boost that your skin needs when it needs it. Most of the time we try to use multiple products to get the right nourishment to our skin. Serums are a way to avoid that providing we use them properly. Vitamins A, C, and E are all good ingredients to see in these products. The vitamins might appear in varied forms, but you can be sure that they’ll help support healthy skin.

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