What is a skin serum?
A serum, or concentrate, is a lightweight skin care product with a high concentration of active ingredients. It is designed to be applied to clean skin, before your moisturiser, so that it can be absorbed straight into the skin’s surface. Molecules in serums are small, to ensure they can penetrate the skin’s surface effectively.
A serum can address and target specific skin concerns. For example; lines and wrinkles. They tend to contain a high dose of anti-ageing ingredients. They are expensive when compared with a moisturiser, but they are concentrated so you only need a little each day. Drop for drop they prove good value.
Although a serum is likely to contain moisturising and hydrating ingredients, it isn’t a moisturiser. Adding a moisturiser over the top of this product will keep the expensive ingredients in and keep skin hydrated throughout the day or night. They are designed to work together.
How do I choose the right serum for my skin?
You need to look at the ingredients within the serum to see if they address your own skin concerns. Our Ingredient and Question of The Month blogs can tell you more about the major ingredients found in skin care products. There are details, below, on the concentrates from Pevonia.
Certain ingredients are great for dry skin, others for acne-prone skin, those suffering from redness, helping to lighten sun spots, etc.
What order do I use products in?
Cleanser * Toner * Serum * Moisturiser.
For daytime use, either use an SPF product between the serum and moisturiser, or choose a moisturiser with SPF. Alternatively, use an SPF product within your make-up routine.
Within the product range, you will see that Pevonia uses the description ‘serum’, ‘concentrate’ and ‘intensifier’ within home care. These have 10% active ingredients. As a comparison, serums bought on the High Street have up to 0.2%. Pevonia’s professional line refers to ampoules, which are used within facials, these have an even higher concentration of active ingredients, at 12%.
A high level of active ingredients can cause a reaction in skin not used to them. Your therapist is the best person to assist you in making an informed choice on the products to use.
Vitaminic (Award winner)
High in Vitamins A and E, and containing Squalane (from Spanish Green Olives), Azulene (from German Chamomile) and Mandarin Orange Oil, Vitaminic Concentrate has a natural blue colour and a refreshing citrus scent. It is revitalising and nourishing whilst being excellent in combating free-radicals. This is an ideal treatment for dry, dehydrated skin where it will also smooth fine lines.
A light textured, micro-emulsified, gel containing Propolis, Lavender Cera, Vetiver Oil and Glycerin. This concentrate is desensitising and decongesting. It controls bacteria and breakouts whilst strengthening fragile skin. Soothing Propolis is excellent to combat microcirculation problems, and for skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema.
“C” Complexe with Oxyzomes
This intensive, anti-oxidant, serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and features Oxyzomes with stabilised Vitamin C and a time-release mechanism. With this serum, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced, the complexion rejuvenated and skin apears lightened and more youthful. It’s great for smokers and those with environmentally-stressed skin.
This light gel concentrate provides immediate relief, comfort and coolness to individuals suffering from rosacea. Green Tea and Liquorice are combined with Aloe Vera, Chamomile and other ingredients to improve skin's blotchiness, redness, congestion and sensitivity. For best results use before RS2 Care Cream.
Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Intensive Serum
Accelerated repairing serum for signs of ageing. It helps to rejuvenate, smooth and hydrate skin while improving elasticity. Ingredients include; Hyaluronic Acid, Marine Collagen along with Argan and Comfrey Root Plant Stem Cells.
Age-Correction Intensifier – Collagen & Myoxy-Caviar
This potent anti-ageing Intensifier works to significantly decrease the skin’s deterioration and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Featuring a highly concentrated formula, this unique blend unites: Collagen Polypeptides, Caviar Extract and Hibiscus Esculentus Extract.
Age-Correction Intensifier – Elastin & Sorghum
Key actives visibly firm and rejuvenate the skin, helping to prevent premature slackening of the skin for a firmer, hydrated, and more youthful, appearance. This Intensifier is formulated with a high concentration of Sorghum, rich in Vitamins B2 and C. This aqueous, light-textured bio-micro gel is recommended for all skin types with lack of lustre and loss of elasticity.
Intensifier – Micro-Pores™ Bio-Active Serum
To address the concerns of oily skin and enlarged pores, natural ingredients (Biochanin A and a Peptide Extract) proven to decrease sebum production are found in this serum. It also includes Red Clover Flower Extract, used to treat various skin conditions. This deeply hydrating microemulsified gel also helps to deliver a matte and even complexion. Also good for post-acneic skin.
Micro-Retinol™ Essential Serum
Ideal for mature skin of all types, except sensitive. The serum contains Vitamins C and E, along with Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid. The micro-emulsion reaches deeper layers of the skin to intensely repair, smooth and brighten. It protects against free-radical damage and is deeply moisturising. Skin is left visibly regenerated.
Find out more about these products by contacting SK Clinic + Spa.
By Kati Vardon - PR & Marketing Executive