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What is Face Serum?
In this blog post, we explain exactly what face serum is and why women and men are choosing to use it.
If you’re just starting a skin care regimen or are still a relative newbie to the world of skin care products, chances are you don’t know the answer to this question. However, we bet you have asked: “How do I look younger?” That’s where face serum comes in.
Those lines and wrinkles that keep your face from looking its best pop up from structural changes brought about by intrinsic and environmentally induced factors. The skin’s hyaluronic acid (HA) content begins to decrease as early as age 20 and is reduced to half by age 50. In addition to lines and wrinkles, skin with lower levels of HA is also drier and more prone to a range of other issues (see claim: "Clinical manifestations of this reduction in HA levels include a diminished endogenous skin moisturizing capacity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.")
What Exactly Are Serums?
To fight these issues as well as brown spots and general dullness, men and women use serums as a supplement to moisturizers. Serums are light, easily absorbed, oil- or water-based liquids that are spread onto the skin.
Isn’t That Pretty Much the Same Thing as a Moisturizer?
No. Serums differ from moisturizers, lotions and creams in that they are highly concentrated formulations engineered to sink into the skin quickly. Once absorbed, they deliver an intensive dose of ingredients that can usher in better anti-aging effects than typical moisturizers and sunscreen.
What Does the Science Say?
A 2011 study published by The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology sought to evaluate the effect of serum in resisting dry skin and signs of aging. Thirty-two women with various skin types from normal to dry skin either applied a serum and a moisturizer, or just the latter, over a two-week period.
The results were clear, as those who combined use of the facial hydrating serum with moisturizer showed markedly better improvements—reduction in dryness and softer skin—than those who only employed moisturizer (See Abstract.) This is certainly good news for the many women and men eager to fend off dry, thin and flattened skin that makes you feel older than you really are.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Serums are typically most effective when applied to skin before moisturizing but after cleansing (See section entitled How do you choose and use a skin serum?)
As far as what constitutes a serum, some contain one main ingredient while others are combination formulas high in vitamins C and E and ferulic acid. Some serums use antioxidants to target wrinkles and still others take on blotchiness and discoloration with formulas that brighten and lighten dark patches of skin.
Can I Use My Girlfriend’s or Wife’s Serum?
To channel your elementary school teacher, you can do anything you want. Getting away from semantics and back to the point at hand, you can but you likely won’t get the desired results. Because they have inherently different skin, men and women need different skin care products.
Women have long had their choice of face serums offered by companies such as Lancôme, L'Oréal and Clinique. However, the men’s skin care industry has notoriously lagged behind for decades.
The good news is that this is finally beginning to change, with Tiege Hanley leading the way in the men’s skin care industry. With a growing number of high-quality skin care products formulated specifically for guys, Tiege Hanley is revolutionizing the way guys think about their skin care routine.
So, can you use your girlfriend’s or wife’s serum? You could, but you now have the option to choose a powerful face serum formulated specifically for your skin. With Tiege Hanley’s AM/PM Firming Serum, you can finally use a serum that is designed specifically to penetrate a men’s thicker skin.
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Why Tiege Hanley?
Regardless of skin type, age or ethnicity, Tiege Hanley’s dye- and fragrance-free serum formula achieves results without irritating even the most sensitive skin. There are no pore-clogging ingredients that can cause acne for those with oily skin, and those afflicted by dry skin are also protected by several super-hydrating ingredients.
Lastly, serums are normally some of the most expensive skin care products because of their formulation and mission to quickly enter the skin and get to work. By selling directly to guys like you, however, Tiege Hanley cuts out the middleman to offer affordable solutions.
Now that you can write your own essay on serums, think more seriously about getting on board with one of Tiege Hanley’s skin care systems that will have your skin looking and feeling better than ever.