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Korean Skin Care: Step 7 - Serums

Hello hello everyone!
Sorry this card is late. I actually had a few samples of some different things mailed to me the day I was suppose to make this card. I wanted to be able to make this card with reviews of those products. This way I had more than just a couple to talk about. :)
Let's go ahead and get started! Woo!
This card is going to focus on a couple different types of serums. There are serums formulated for different skin types so bare that in mind. I just use random ones and test them out. If I don't like it, I don't use it again, haha. Typically when using these types of products you will pair it with an essence but I don't use those so I didn't touch base on those. However I will make a card about them here in the future as I had some samples of them.
If you missed a step click the song lyric links below:
Step 1: All
Step 2: Mine
Step 3: Her
Step 4: Mind
Step 5: All
Step 6 - Mud/Clay Masks: Mine
Step 6 - Sheet Masks: Her
Step 6 - Black Head Removing Masks: Mind
Step 6 - Moisture Masks: Maybe I'm Jealous
If you are already tagged I will continue to tag you as these cards are created. If you want to be tagged for future cards please just leave a comment requesting it. Though if you are currently tagged and wish to be removed from the tag list, please let me know.
Feel free to ask me questions about anything but my answers will mostly be experience/opinion based, I AM NOT A DERMATOLOGIST :P
My 언니 @MichalJamerson will also make comments and she is also a great resource :)
Also just an FYI, my skin type is very very sensitive that leans more toward the dry side.
Now let's get started! ヾ(。・ω・)シ
In case you don't know what serums are here are some of the great things you should know! Also Ampoule and Serums are more or less the same thing. Ampoule's are more concentrated than Serums, and Serums are more concentrated then Essence. Essences also tend to have a more formulated and specific purpose. I am going to talk a little about all of them.
1. Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin.
2. Just because a serum is really expensive doesn't mean it is better than another. More expensive serums do tend to have more nutrients in them but not always. Be sure to do your research.
3. Depending on your skin care routine depends on the time when you should use your serum. I use mine as the step before essence/moisturizer. Depending on your skin care routine you may use your serum at a different time.
4. If you have a chronic skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, serums may cause aggravation. ***If you have these types of skin conditions I would highly suggest you talk to a dermatologist on a skin regimen that is right for you rather than discovering it on your own.
5. *** One of the most important - Do not over use a serum. Serums are very concentrated products so a little goes a long way. If you over use you can actually cause irritation to your skin.
The way I use serums is by taking 3 tiny drops from the dropper. I put a drop on each cheek and one on my forehead. These drops are very small. If I feel like I need more than i will put a little more on my skin. I gently rub the product all over my face and neck and then lightly pat my face. By patting my face I'm making sure the product gets deep into my skin.
Depending on the type of serum you decide to use you may use it differently.
The first serum I bought I was a little weirded out. Not going to lie. I was mostly weirded out because it had the phrase "Snail Repair" in the title. I don't know about you but thinking of the work snail I think of slugs and that nasty slime.
However this product is Uh-May-Zing.
Like holy goodness I love it so much.
The Snail Repair serum by Mizon is a great price, lasts forever, and really delivers. This product evened my skin tone, lessened the size of my pores, brought bounce into my skin and reduced the sight of dark circles/lines around my eyes.
(Now I don't want you guys thinking I'm like wrinkly and old, I'm in my early 20s. I just have some serious smile lines around my eyes, a good problem to have really :D )
I'm glad this was the first serum I purchased because it was a great experience. It was really sensitive on my skin and I didn't have any break outs. In face I think it helped to prevent future break outs.
I stopped using it for a few weeks a while back just to see how much my skin would change and I was really shocked how much my skin changed. My skin became dryer, it didn't hold moisture as well, it broke out (probably because my skin was creating more oil to keep it soft), and my dark circles were more prominent. I could almost go without an eye cream if I used this serum regularly but I don't use it regularly. I alternate it with another.
If you are interested in purchasing this product click here
The other serum I use regularly and alternate with the one above is a Vitamin C serum. I added this into my skin care routine because the sun is evil and all it wants to do is damage your beautiful face (haha). This serum helps protect you (lightly) from the damaging sun.
Things such as sun damage are known as free radicals. Free radicals are known for causing premature aging. Vitamin C helps to protect against that by providing potent antioxidants to your skin. Other free radicals are pollution, oxygen and of course the sun.
Vitamin C also helps to increase the collagen production of your skin creating firmer skin. Because it does this it does give a tiny bit of an anti aging benefit. It helps to fade post break out marks and helps clear up break outs (I noticed this when I started using it. Breakouts were also fewer). Vitamin C also helps even out the tone of your skin.
I use this product more often seeing as how it is summer but I make sure to also use the other at least a couple times a week. The way I use this product is different than that of the regular serums. This one is very watery so I actually have it in a spritzer bottle and I spritz my skin a couple of times and pat in the moisture. I don't want to use too much because it is also very concentrated.
If you are interested in purchasing this product click here
A product I got to sample and really liked and will probably add to my routine is a Blackhead Power Liquid. This is actually a product you would use after your toner or even prior to your toner. I haven't used this type of product before.
In the few days I got to use this product I did notice a difference in my blackheads. I was really satisfied. This product is meant to penetrate deeply into the pores in order help reduce the formation of blackheads while still providing moisture to the skin. I didn't notice much moisture coming from this product so doing my usual routine to provide extra moisture to my skin was required. I didn't have any random breakouts from adding a new product to my routine like I usually do either, so that was nice.
I'll probably purchase this product here in the near future because I've been looking for something that will work great for blackheads and I have a feeling this could be what I want. I just need to try it out for a longer period.
If you would also like to try this product click here
Hopefully this was useful information. I would suggest adding a serum of some sort to your skin care routine because there are a lot of benefits to them.
Of course, these are my own opinions/experiences with these products. Feel free to ask questions but remember I'm not an expert
Next Time: Essence (I don't really use these but I wanted to touch base on them)
Tags ヽ(〃・ω・)ノ
I use estee lauder Advanced Night Repair. it's like oxygen to me.
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