Skincare treatments are evolving everyday, more and more products are being launched into the market like serums, concentrates, day creams, eye creams etc. and sometimes the consumer finds it a bit overwhelming. What i find is that company’s don’t really explain properly why you should use a serum or a night cream, or why you shouldn’t use your day cream under the eyes.
There are so many myths out there about what exactly all this skincare products actually do, so i figured i would do a breakdown of products and explain why you should use a product for specific areas.
A serum is a very light, concentrate skincare product which usually will contain up to 50% more active ingredients then your normal moisturiser. It should be used under your current moisturiser (morning and evening) and it has properties like improving radiance, anti-aging, skin booster, pore minimising etc depending on your skin needs.
What will not do is moisturise! It has no hydrating properties so don’t use it by itself, a serum its merely a boost to your day/night treatments.
This should be a staple on your skincare routine. A moisturiser has a targeted action, depending again on your skin needs (matifying, hydrating, anti-aging) and it is a very effective barrier against the environment, pollution or sun.
Speaking of the sun, always choose a day moisturiser with an SPF factor – look for a complex protection UVA and UVB. Most day creams will protect against UVB (against burning), neglecting the UVA which actually causes aging, skin cancer or pigmentation spots.
If your favorite day moisturiser doesn’t include an SPF, use a foundation with one or add a specific SPF product on top.
Sometimes with a richer texture (aldo you can find night lotions too), a night cream will replenish, regenerate and basically help the skin to keep its renewing properties at its peak. New generations of night treatments, even give skin extra hours of sleep or have aromatherapy properties to give you a restful night.
Also, according to experts (La Roche Posay for example) it is not recommended to use your day moisturiser with SPF during night time. It was discovered that the ingredients that protect against the sun rays (basically they reflect them) have the tendency to bounce in the skin and loosen the collagen fibres.
An eye cream has smaller molecules, making it better absorbed in the sensitive skin around the eye. A lot of people ask me why can i not use my normal day cream around the eye as well? Because it will be to aggressive and to rich, side effects including milia (little white bumps under the skin) or even bags. Recently i heard about a lady who had to have an eye bag removal surgery and they find cream in the bags (not sure if it is an urban myth or not).
Also an eye cream has a targeted action, that a general cream doesn’t: fading dark circles, bags and removing puffiness.
Hope this was helpfull :).