How to Choose the Right Face Serum for Your Skin

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Facial Serums work in deep hydration and take your skin care goals to the next level. Feasible in an enormous range in the market, finding a suitable serum based on your skin type is often difficult.

We are often confused about which serum to be used for dry skin, ageing, acne, dullness and many more. One of the difficult choices is to choose between Oil-based and Water-based serum.

Here is an insightful guide to facial serums to ensure that you incorporate them correctly.

Serum Texture

oil vs water serum

The viscosity of the serums has a vital role in the duration of absorption in the skin. Water-based serums usually have actives and extract in the aqua base, making them lightweight and quick-absorbing. The oil-based serum is a mixture of oils or infusion of herbs in oil which are rich in texture and ensure deeper penetration in the skin.

Ingredient Used

The primary function of serum basis benefit is in terms of ingredients and their utility. As per the broad categorisation, one must note that ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol and Niacinamide are water-based. In contrast, Vitamin E and other essential fatty acids derived from ingredients like Sesame, Coconut, Jojoba, Olive, Almond and so on are oil-based. When the skin requires nourishment, one must look for an oil-based hydrating base for skin rejuvenation.

Skin Concern

In Ayurveda, Dry skin is associated with Vata dosha. Dryness occurs mainly in mature skin and should be balanced with oil-based serums. Your skin will achieve deep hydration and will look moisturised and nourished.

The imbalance of Pitta Dosha in the body increases heat levels and produces excess sebum that leads to acne-prone skin. Therefore, one should use a hydrating water-based serum.

Oil is related to Kapha dosha in the skin, common in teenage skin. Exfoliation and water-based ingredients help unclog pores and keep skin moisturised. Serum rich in Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacin can be used daily, while specific actives like Retinol, A.H.A. & B.H.A. can be used only 1-2 times a week.

Therefore, select the serums accordingly to meet desired results. To know more about your Ayurvedic Skin Type, sign up for the Dosha Quiz.

Vara Pitta Kapha

Time to Use

Serums are always applied on cleansed skin to reap all its benefits. As a thumb rule, water-based serums are well suited for day skincare, while oil-based serums are better catered to achieving night skincare goals.

During the day, we get exposed to dust, dirt and pollution, so an oil-based serum, when applied during the day, may attract these to the skin and clog the pores; therefore, stick to water-based serums instead. During the night, our skin undergoes a repair process making it an ideal time for absorbing essential nutrients that boost collagen in the skin.

Incorporating Serums in Your Skincare

Finally, when you decide on the best-suited serum, be mindful of ensuring you use it regularly.
Follow a skincare regime while using the serum.

Cleanse your face

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