Do you prefer an oil-based serum or water-based serum? Well, we are more prefering the water-based serum. Why?
Here are the reason!
Water-based serums usually contain a base of H2O or aloe. These products are targeted for high amounts of vitamin C or hyaluronic acid. Both ingredients are water soluble, meaning it can pass through the skins barrier with ease.
When looking for a water based serum, aloe is the best choice of first ingredient as it is more hydrating then a simple water base. Also be sure to keep an eye on the active ingredient list. The lower it is on the package the less active your serum will be. Vitamin C can also be listed as L-ascorbic acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. I would recommend using this type of serum during the day if it’s for hydration and brightening purposes. If you are trying to treat lines or acne with a higher concentration of ingredients, save this for the night time. It’s true your skin is repairing all day, but at night it doesn’t have to fight against the elements which may degrade the product’s effectiveness.
Try a water based serum with salicylic or lactic acid to zap those zits and help with post acne marks. If you suffer from pigmentation from the sun or acne, try a serum with a high content of licorice root extract, vitamin c, glycolic, or a botanical based brighter like white peony. Many products on the market have claims to reverse every freckle and sun spot on your face. While they may help lighten, the real reverser is a microdermabrasion treatment or a spa grade facial peel. Since you have just removed a layer or two of skin, your serum may even start to work better! The ingredients can penetrate deeper without dead skin cells or clogged pores getting in the way.