Anti-aging Serum: All Your Questions Answered
Thanks to the advances of science, and innovation by skincare professionals, you can choose from a wide range of anti-aging treatments. You need not have wrinkles or discoloration to actively participate in an anti-aging regimen — many smart consumers begin caring for and protecting their skin at a young age.
An anti-aging serum consists of small molecules that penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver potent active ingredients that delay the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, and hyper-pigmentation.
Incorporating a serum into your skincare routine can be crucial to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. The application of a high-quality serum is arguably the most important step in any anti-aging skincare routine. While a gentle cleanser, hydrating moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen are all important, a high-quality serum is where you should invest if you want to ensure that your skin will withstand the tests of time.
Neolastin's Face & Neck Regenerative Serum contains high hyaluronic acid levels, which attract moisture to your skin and retains it, keeping skin hydrated, while peptides help reduce skin laxity. In addition, our pioneering Neolastin Complex (Nuflex) and other active ingredients form a barrier against environmental stressors and promote the body's natural production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin in the under-layers of skin, helping skin retain its youthful appearance.
If you think you're too young for an anti-aging serum, think again. Dermatologists and estheticians alike agree that you need to start young if you're serious about preventing premature aging. So, while many assume anti-aging serums are only for those in their 30s or older, it's actually essential to start in your 20s.
In your 20s or 30s, you should think of using an anti-aging serum proactively as a way to retain your youthful glow, brighten your complexion, even texture, and prevent the onset of wrinkles. In your 40s and beyond, antioxidant-rich, collagen- and elastin-boosting serums will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of sagging skin, and firm and tighten the skin of the face and neck.
A good skincare routine that includes an anti-aging serum will keep your skin looking fresh and youthful for years to come, but the bottom line is that it's best to start while you're young. The goal is to slow down the aging process before it can even get started. Plus, making proper skincare a habit when you are young will only help your skin that much more as you get older.
If you're already using a moisturizer, you might be wondering if you still need a serum. Serums and moisturizers both benefit the skin in many, but different ways. While moisturizers soften the skin and prevent water loss, serums contain higher concentrations of powerful anti-aging ingredients. The serum's smaller molecules also penetrate the skin more deeply for advanced hydration. So, while serums are not meant to replace a moisturizer, they can – and should – be used to boost its hydrating effects to help your skin look fresh and rejuvenated.
Although a high-quality anti-aging serum is typically more expensive than other skincare products, they're packed with potent ingredients, so a little will go a long way. On average, it will take approximately seven to eight weeks to see how your skin responds to a serum. Depending on the serum and your skin's condition, you could even see initial results — such as plump, hydrated skin — in just a few days.
As a general rule of thumb, you should apply skincare products from the thinnest consistency to the thickest or liquids to creams. You'll also want to use the products with skin-penetrating ingredients, like serums, first and finish with products that sit on the top layers of your skin, like moisturizers.
After cleansing and exfoliating:
- Use your fingertips to gently apply a dime-sized amount of serum to your face, neck, and décolletage.
- Lightly tap, pat, and massage the serum into your skin.
- Avoid tugging, rubbing, or pulling on your skin.
- After you've applied the serum, wait at least 5 minutes for the product to be fully absorbed before applying eye cream and moisturizer.
In the mornings, always remember that your skincare routine isn't complete until you've applied a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face, neck, and hands.
To get the optimal effects of any anti-aging serum, apply the product both morning and night, after cleansing and before moisturizing.