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The Essential Status Of A Serum In Your Skincare


If you are in your mid-twenties or concerned with slowing down the impact of premature aging, it’s time to welcome a high functioning serum, your skincare secret weapon.

Think of a serum as a nutrient rich, lightweight, quick absorbing skin saviour. Serums contain combinations of targeted active ingredients and antioxidants that nourish, repair and protect the skin, whilst also improving and regulating other skin concerns. 

The reason why it’s different to a moisturiser is that serums usually contain higher concentrations of ingredients with smaller molecules that can penetrate deeper beneath the skin. 

Moisturisers aim to deliver hydration, but do not usually contain as many nutrients and actives as a serum.

Why use a serum & the best to try

1. Anti-aging effects

Retinol is a wonder ingredient when it comes to reversing the clock and rewinding visible signs of aging. For a gentle, natural and effective approach, our Stemlab Anti Aging Retinol Serum has been consciously crafted with a proven, plant-derived vegan retinol known as Retinyl Palmitate (aka Vitamin A) at a stable and safe 1% concentration.  

It helps to strengthen the elasticity of your skin and boost cellular turnover to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and other skin damage. Used in the evening, this serum helps your skin’s natural cellular repair process – think of it as an extra line of skin defence. 

2. Protect & repair your skin

Serums rich in antioxidants can help protect your skin from free radicals (pollution, UVA damage, etc) to improve skin health. Many serums contain active ingredients such as Niacinamide (including our Repair & Glow Serum). Niacinamide is a well-known anti-inflammatory that helps calm redness and improves skin texture and tone. 

Opting for a serum that contains Retinol or Sea Buckthorn Berry (a supernatural ingredient that contains more than double the amount of Vitamin C found in an orange) will assist in repairing pigmentation and sun damage, resulting in more radiant skin tone and texture. 

Retinol is even capable of reducing the appearance of scars (i.e. those caused by acne).

3. Confidently clear skin

Give your confidence a boost by choosing a serum that contains antibacterial ingredients or inclusions such as Retinol and/or Niacinamide and Vitamin E. These can regulate oil, cleanse and purify pores and heal and protect skin for fewer breakouts. The added benefit is that clearer skin from serum use also means smoother skin texture and a more refined tone. 

4. Quench skin with a hydration boost

All skin types can benefit from extra moisture, which also plays a key part in maintaining a healthy skin barrier and slowing the signs of aging. Dehydration lines can eventually become permanent wrinkles if left untreated!

Most serums will contain hydrating inclusions, such as retinol or hyaluronic acid and you can seek out effective plant-based actives and antioxidants which boost moisture levels in the skin and prevent dehydration.

Used in conjunction with a skin routine targeted to your concerns and skin type, including cleanser, toner, (your serum here!) and a moisturiser (plus a high factor SPF during the day), you can expect to see real improvements and healthier skin with consistent use.

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