How to Choose the Best Natural Serum for Sensitive and Acne-Prone Skin
A sensitive skin needs more attention and care than a normal skin (or even oily or dry skin). Why? Because potentially, ANY ingredient MAY trigger an allergic reaction, redness, irritation, and hypersensitivity. Even a natural ingredient can be too harsh, sometimes, for a sensitive skin.
That is why, you need to know which ingredients (chemical or natural) are potentially too much to handle for your precious skin, and also, sometimes you will find well, on your own skin, which ones you SHOULD never use (as they will cause you troubles).
To help you with that task, we thought to detail more about serums, what you should look for in a serum when you buy it, what a natural, good serum should and should NOT contain, and other important details.
What is a Serum?
What you first knew about serums was that they were some concentrated, chemical solutions, in a small vial, that did something powerful. Maybe, you first heard of the word “serum” from the spy movies of your childhood, the “Truth Serum” being that solution injected in a secret agent to spill out all the secrets?
Well, if you think about it, a facial serum does the same to your skin. This concentrated, precious combo of potent natural ingredients (we’re talking about natural serums here, right?) is rubbed into your face (“injected” manually, with your fingers pressed onto your skin) to take the true glow and health out of your skin.
A serum is a clear, lightweight liquid with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, without fibers, large molecules, or viscous matter in it. It is designed to be easily absorbed into the skin, being able to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin.
Serums are a keeper. Why? Think about it. Cleansers get washed away immediately from your skin and moisturizers are thick and stay on top of your skin, as a protective barrier.
Serums, instead, is “sandwiched” between these two, and goes deep, deep inside your skin. They nourish it, act as a treatment, and replenish it with goodies. Cleansers prepare the way for serums to get in, while moisturizers seal them in. Sounds like a good deal!
Basically, a natural serum contains all (or mostly all) natural ingredients to help skin renew, regenerate, treat, heal, and repair, depending on the purpose.
What to Look for in a Serum?
But serums do contain higher quality, higher concentrated ingredients, they don’t contain fillers, as they are used as an essence for skin. Essential ingredients only, and that’s it.
You have to make sure that the ingredients are good for your skin type, address acne, are as natural as they can be, don’t harm your skin, and make your skin healthier.
What Does a Good Natural Serum Need to Contain?
Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E fight against those little naughty free radicals that want to turn your skin into a battlefield. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and helps fading acne scars and spots.
Anti-age Retinol (vitamin A)
Scars and spots remover – Vitamin C
Anti-inflammatories like Aloe Vera, Zinc, Licorice, Green tea that will prevent swelling, cell damage, irritation, redness, unclog pores and regulate sebum production.
Anti-bacterial agents like Tea tree oil, Lavender oil. These essential oils are gentle, non-irritant, soothing and calming for your sensitive skin.
Salicylic acid which is a phenolic acid and is used as a key ingredient in anti-acne, seborrheic dermatitis, keratosis products. It acts as an exfoliant, anti-inflammatory.
Hydrating ingredients such as amino acids, essential fatty acids that help build your natural skin’s barrier and regenerate skin cells (plant-derived hyaluronic acid). They keep the moisture inside your skin, where it belongs and prevent dryness. Hyaluronic acid is one of these ingredients.
What a Serum Doesn’t Contain?
A serum won’t include (and need)
- thickening agents
- ingredients that form a tight barrier over your pores in order to trap the moisture inside, like moisturizers do (petrolatum, mineral oils)
A Serum is Small and Pricey. Do You Really Need it?
You should not be intimidated by a hefty price tag. Especially when it’s about a skin care product that is natural, has priceless ingredients in it, it has healing properties, is concentrated, it has great reviews and it helped others tremendously to get a clear, blemish free, smooth skin. It will “pay back” at the end.
Note that the most expensive, outrageously priced serums aren’t necessarily the best.
Do you really need it? Can’t you just stay with the other products? Cleansers, toners, facial masks, scrubs, moisturizers, day and night creams, aren’t they enough?
The fewer problems you have with your skin, the less makeup you will need to apply to cover them. Hence, you will cut off the money spent on covering products, as you will need less and less.
Also, the better your skin looks without makeup, the more amazing and glowing you will look with a minimal makeup. Think of the cuts here, too.
At the end, of course, that you will look like a natural beauty just as you are, makeup-free, when your skin looks great thanks to the natural, botanical, healing skin care products you have used, including serum.
Think makeup-free enthusiast talented artist Alicia Keys! She also struggled with skin care problems just like you. But she overcame them with a little bit of conscious dairy-free diet, all-natural skin products, and no makeup at all.
More is not better, but less is more!
Don’t smear the whole bottle on your face the night before your prom or an important event at work, as it won’t have effects as if you were to use it little by little for a whole month or two, but it sure can cause damage to your already sensitive skin.
The basic rule is, don’t exaggerate. Little by little, step by step makes you go far away, in terms of healing and visible, significant, positive results. Which you will not observe if you pour the whole bottle on at once, out of desperation.
Use only very little, as indicating in the directions of the product. Don’t overuse it, so you don’t overuse your skin and damage it. Remember, it has a higher concentration.
How to Use it?
- Wash your face with a natural cleanser. Rinse and pat dry.
- Apply a few drops of your chosen best natural serum on your face (jawline, neck, chest or back). You may need more drops if the area is larger. Be very, very economic with your serum. Apply it as it would be gold and diamonds serum.
- Apply one tiny drop here and there on your face and then start spreading them with light, yet firm strokes on your face. At the end, tap with your fingers the serum into your face, to help it go deeper in the skin.
- Let it sink in for 5 minutes.
- Apply your natural moisturizer.
- Continue with makeup or go to sleep (depending if it’s morning or evening).