SERUMS & CORRECTIVES


SERUMS & CORRECTIVES 101:

Serums and correctives encompass products that are highly concentrated and designed to supplement our skincare. They typically come in a liquid or gel form and are designed to go on before moisturizer. We can also apply serums under a mask to boost the results. The blends are numerous and there is one for just about every skin type or concern.


Serums provide an extra potency that most of your other products do not. Using a serum helps you take skincare to the next level, and more aggressively target specific concerns. Serums can be used to treat aging skin, texture, uneven pigment, dehydration and more. 

HOW TO TREAT:

Depending on the serum, usage will vary greatly, so we want to make sure we follow directions. Some serums can be used daily, while others are potent enough that you might only use them every couple of days. Some are meant to be used in the morning, whereas some are designed to be used at night. 


With serums, what seems to be universally true is that a little goes a long way. Because of the high concentration of actives and a lack of filler ingredients, you may only need a pea-sized amount.


You can also blend serums to address multiple concerns at once, or dilute a serum by cocktailing it into your moisturizer or SPF. This can be helpful when starting a new serum, as a strong serum can sometimes be irritating and you may need to buffer it. Once your skin adjusts, you can apply directly. Always apply before your moisturizer and SPF, as serums tend to be more of a liquid consistency and absorb quicker. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

Because serums are so diverse, it can be overwhelming to try and choose the right one. So, let's talk a little about what is used to treat what. From there, you should have a better idea of what you need. You may also choose to use more than one serum to address your specific issues.


For Hydration: Remembering that even oily/acne skin types need hydration, a hydrating serum is an important part of any Glowtocol. Hyaluronic acid is one of our favorite ingredients for dry skin, as it helps bind moisture and can help improve everything from fine lines to texture. You can also look for ingredients like phospholipids, panthenol and allantoin to help protect the skin.


For Aging Skin: In addition to the hydrating ingredients listed above, peptides are one of the best things to look for in an anti-aging serum. There is no such thing as a bad peptide. They help stimulate collagen, plump fine lines, firm texture and keep the skin performing at a youthful rate. 


For Redness and Irritation: Preventing inflammation can be helpful not only to sensitive skin but also skin that is blotchy or irritated from a breakout. Look for ingredients like aloe, chamomile, red marine algae, licorice root, green tea, white tea and zinc. 


For Dull Skin or Discoloration: Vitamin C rules when it comes to treating hyperpigmented, sun-damaged or dull skin. It is a powerful brightening ingredient, which helps treat existing damage and suppress excess melanin production that causes dark spots. Vitamin C is a great line of defense against aging and is also a crucial step in our daily Glowtocol.


For Exfoliation and Texture: Although it falls more under the category of exfoliation, you can address texture issues with an exfoliating serum. Look for ingredients like glycolic, malic, lactic and tartaric acid which help digest dead skin cells and promote a smoother appearance. Just be mindful to use alpha-hydroxy acids like these in moderation. Using them too much can strip and sensitize the skin.

TIPS & TRICKS:

At The Glowtocol we love the idea of "cocktailing" our products. We've already discussed blending serums or buffering them with a cream. But before we get too excited playing chemistry set with our products, you should know there are a few combos to avoid:


{Vitamin C + Copper Peptides or Alpha-Hydroxy Acids}: Too many actives at once. Can be too irritating for the skin. 


{Alphahydroxy Acids + Retinol}: Because both are exfoliating, you can end up with too much of a good thing and strip the skin. Additionally, both cause photosensitivity, making you more susceptible to a sunburn without proper SPF.


{BHAs + AHAs}: Beta-Hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, is a potent acne-fighter but be careful using it in conjunction with other exfoliating acids like glycolic. Both at once can be too much, so stick to one or the other for treating breakouts.

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