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4 Reasons to Try Using a Face Serum


4 Reasons to Try Using a Face Serum 4 Reasons to Try Using a Face Serum 4 Reasons to Try Using a Face Serum

By now, you probably think you have your skin care routine down pat. Cleanse, tone, moisturize—what more could there be? Well, if you’re not using a serum, you could be missing out. Typically, serums are applied between cleansing and moisturizing. Why, exactly, should you use one, though? Keep reading to find out all that serum can do, how to use a serum as part of your skin care routine, and get product picks from L’Oréal Paris.

1. Use a Serum to…Help Brighten the Look of Dull Skin

As you age, your skin can start to lose the look of radiance. Instead of reaching for your highlighter, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum, which is formulated with golden micro-reflectors to help illuminate the look of skin. Apply this serum to cleansed skin morning and night. Want to put together an anti-aging skin care routine? Try our 5-step L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect routine, including serum, eye cream, and more.

2. Use a Serum to…Help Minimize the Appearance of Dark Spots

Daily UV exposure and aging can result in the appearance of dull skin and discolorations like dark spots. The L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector helps skin look more luminous immediately and helps fade the appearance ofdark spots with continued use over time. Apply it over your face morning and night after cleansing. Before heading out for the day, be sure to take sun protection measures—apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade whenever possible, and cover up any exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat.

3. Use a Serum to…Help Address Signs of Aging

Serum can play an important role in your anti-aging skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum can help skin look more radiant immediately and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles with continued use over time. Apply it after cleansing, then follow up with the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Deep-Acting Moisturizer.

4. Use a Serum to…Help Boost Hydration

As you mature, your skin can gradually lose essential nutrients. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Serum helps replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier and helps skin appear more radiant. Apply it daily on freshly cleansed skin. You can use it as a lightweight replacement to moisturizer, or you can follow up with a moisturizer. Place 2-3 drops into your hand and gently smooth it over your entire face and neck and until thoroughly absorbed. If you’re following up with a moisturizer, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm Face, Neck, & Chest.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Using Serum

Now that you know all about the benefits of using a serum in your skin care routine, it’s time to learn how to apply it. Follow our guide to layering serum as part of your beauty regimen.

Step 1: Cleanser. Cleansing your complexion should be the first step in your routine, as this helps get rid of any dirt, excess oils, or impurities sitting on the surface of your skin.

Step 2: Serum. It’s go time! Apply a thin layer of your serum of choice onto your skin.

Step 3: Eye cream. Once you’re done applying serum, lightly dab on your favorite eye cream.

Step 4: Moisturizer. No skin care routine would be complete without moisturizer! Pick one that’s formulated for your skin type.

Step 5: Broad-spectrum sunscreen. In the morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before going outside—and remember to follow those other sun protection measures we told you about as well.

And that’s it! Looking for a serum to add to your skin care routine? Here’s our guide to the best serums from L’Oréal Paris.