Serum and Essence Guide – Which Will Work For You?

If you haven’t added serums and essences to your daily skincare routine, you are truly missing out! What is the benefit of using an essence and serum in skin care routine you ask? Serums are truly a magic potion in a bottle. They are highly potent and target your concerns in a more specific and effective manner. As compared to the other products in your skincare routine, serums are jam-packed up to 70% of active ingredients as compared to the 5-10% in other products.

Essences on the other hand are very lightweight in texture. They sink in to the skin easily and help nourish and benefit your skin. Let’s more about how one should choose an essence or serum for the face. Along with understanding the benefits of essences and serums for different skin types.

Oily skin type

It is a myth that you don’t need to hydrate oily skin. Oily skin also needs nourishment and hydration. If facial oils are not your jam, a lightweight water-based essence can work wonders for your skin. Salicylic acid for oily skin accelerates skin renewal and mildly exfoliates to refine pores and skin texture.

The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence is a miracle potion that helps you brighten your skin. This facial essence containing salicylic acid has a micronized technology that reveals crystal clear and bright skin. The lightweight texture of this essence with salicylic acid seeps up to 10 layers deep into your skin*.

If you don’t really know what salicylic acid is, we are here to help you out. If you are afraid of incorporating salicylic acid into your skincare routine and unsure of how to use salicylic acid on face and when to apply salicylic acid, we have that covered for you as well. You can use this salicylic acid product twice a day. Simply take a few drops of the essence and gently pat it on your skin. using a facial essence is a good product to start with. This product gives you all the benefits of salicylic acid and helps your get visibly brighter, glowing and youthful skin in just 15 minutes – This is what salicylic acid does to the skin. This facial essence is suitable for all skin types.

Acne prone skin

If you are on the lookout for some antibacterial action in your serum, you can go for a serum that's rich in antibacterial active ingredients and purifying essential oils: grapefruit, rosemary, lavender, geranium, thyme and tea tree are all good ones to look out for. Expect them to regulate sebum production, kill any nasty, zit-causing germs and even out skin tone. Remember, if you only get oily on your t-zone, you can just apply this serum there and smooth a hydrating serum onto your cheeks. Look out for formulations listed as non-comedogenic, which means they won't clog pores.

An easy way to incorporate serums and essences into your skincare routine is by using sheet masks that are drenched in a serum or essence. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Sheet Mask is a sheet mask, which controls oil production on your skin and accelerate skin renewal. This sheet mask is drenched in essence. It has up to 30x more absorption power than normal face masks**. It helps deliver more essence onto the skin for quick results. This sheet mask is suitable for oily, combination, dry, normal and even sensitive and acne prone skin.

Dry skin

If your skin is dry, it lacks sufficient lipids (natural oils, fatty acids) and needs help on the barrier front, so choose s formula that's rich in nourishing ingredients to repair the hydrolipidic barrier. Incorporating hyaluronic acid into your skin care routine will help you plump up dry skin and also nourish it deeply. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a hydrating serum that helps in deeply moisturising the skin. It adds radiance and glow to your skin. This hyaluronic acid serum is suitable for all skin types and can be used daily as it boosts your skin’s radiance by 42%***and lead to visible results in no time! It is suitable for all skin types and is validated by dermatologists.. Other oils that are beneficial for dry skin are almond, avocado, apricot, mango, and argan. It's also worth looking for products that contain vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative damage) and niacinamide (AKA vitamin B3, which improves skin elasticity and increases ceramide levels in the skin).

Glowing skin

Essences and serums for different skin types, work differently. So if you are looking to have plump and glowy skin opt for serums rich in hyaluronic acid or LHA (lipohydroxy acid). It gives normal to combination skin an added moisture boost and helps them glow. Hyaluronic acid hydrates parched complexions and can retain 1,000 times its own weight in water within the cells of the skin. LHA, meanwhile, reduces dark blemishes thanks to a gentle targeted exfoliating action and its ability to regulate melanin. It also brightens the complexion by reflecting light off on the surface of the skin.

Mature skin

It can get overwhelming when you try to decide on how to choose a face serum. If you are looking for a serum for mature skin, keep in mind that it has to deal with a number of issues - wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, loss of fat and lack of plumpness. Salicylic acid for ageing skin is a great ingredient. It boosts the regeneration of skin and brightens it with regular use. You can also use serums that are rich in hyaluronic acid, retinol and antioxidants on mature skin. To make up for a lack of lipids, look for serums that are enriched with omegas 6 and 9.

*Within epidermis in the stratum corneum layer
**30X more absorbing capacity as compared to dry tissue weight
***Basis an Instrumental test