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What Is a Hydrating Serum?

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  • Written By: C.B. Fox
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 01 May 2018
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A hydrating serum is a topical treatment used to moisturize skin. Many different companies sell these products, and a number of different ingredients, natural and synthetic, can be used in these serums. These products can be used by anyone, though they are designed for people with dry skin.

A number of different ingredients that are designed to provide extra moisture and nutrients to the skin are included in hydrating serums. Glycerin is often included to help heal damaged skin. Vitamins, such as vitamin E or K may also be included in order to promote skin health. Each brand may include different ingredients, so some may be more effective than others for an individual person’s skin type.

The best way to use a hydrating serum is to apply a few drops to the face and neck, making sure to spread it out evenly. After the hydrating serum is applied, a regular moisturizer should be used. When used along with another moisturizer, a hydrating serum helps make the moisturizer more effective. The serum allows the skin to absorb more moisture and to hold onto it for longer.

It is also possible to use a hydrating serum alone. When used alone, a hydrating serum is considered to be a very light moisturizer. While the product does not add much moisture to the skin on its own, it is light weight and does not clog pores. People with oily skin can benefit from the use of this serum without the addition of a regular moisturizer. A hydrating serum can also be used to alleviate the sensation of tightness in the skin which may occur when the skin is unable to hold onto moisture.

Hydrating serums are mainly used by people who have very dry skin. Their composition is especially beneficial for those whose skin needs extra moisture and for those who are older and have increasingly dry skin. They can be used to make the skin look more youthful and to increase the health of the skin. While the serum may not reverse the appearance of aging, it can help to slow the effects of age and prevent further damage to the skin.

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