Serums are packed with supercharged ingredients that penetrate the skin in ways that regular moisturizers cannot and their price tag often reflects this. For some, these uber-products are well worth the investment because they provide numerous benefits such as smoothing fine lines, increasing firmness, speeding cell turnover, boosting brightness, and correcting discoloration. The catch is that if you use them incorrectly, they won’t work as well. However, improper use of the product can cause it to work against you or prevent you from reaping all of the benefits. Here are some possible explanations for why your serum isn’t working or doing its job.
You are not properly storing your serum.
Heat and sunlight cause oxidation, which can reduce the serum’s potency. When the product’s color changes from clear to brown or has a rancid odor, you’ll notice it. If you see this with the one you’re currently using, it’s time to replace it. An oxidized serum is no longer capable of combating free radicals. Choose products that are packaged in opaque, airtight bottles/containers. This helps to keep the product fresh and avoids overexposure to air. You should also keep it in a cool, dark place and out of direct sunlight.
You are combining it with the incorrect ingredients.
If you use Vitamin C serum, a highly unstable acid, it should not be combined with other acids (AHAs and BHAs). Mixing them can upset your skin’s pH balance and reduce the serum’s effectiveness. If you want to use acids or exfoliating ingredients, do so separately or at different times of the day. The following foods should not be combined with vitamin C:
- AHAs and BHAs (lactic, glycolic, salicylic acid)
- Niacinamide Retinol (Vitamin B3)
- Soap-based cleansers
- benzoyl peroxide
You are not using adequate sun protection.
The majority of the serums are best used during the day to protect your skin from UV rays and pollution. The only drawback is that serums with higher concentrations can make you more susceptible to sun exposure. The effects of your antioxidant serum may be negated if you do not wear sun protection. Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure can also cause skin darkening and premature aging. Always combine your serum with sun protection. Layer it under your broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher during the day. These products can help neutralize free radicals and provide additional protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
You don't use it every day.
It is best to use the product daily to achieve the best results. It should be used after cleanser but before moisturizer and sunscreen. It is usually recommended that you use it during the day to protect yourself from further sun damage. When applying it in the morning, make sure to layer it under sunscreen. If your skin can handle it, you can use the serum daily and at night. Because the product is applied at night, it has fewer factors and products to contend with such as makeup, sunscreen, UV rays, pollution, which can aid in skin repair.
Choosing the right serum can be difficult, but Thaicare makes it easier. It has a serum for every skin need. Choose one that is designed specifically for your skin concern.