Over the last eight years, face serums have become the most hyped up skincare product in the beauty world. Beauty brands have been releasing tons of these magic potions in the market, but do we really need them?

Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Pie Calayan tells us everything we should know before buying a bottle. (via PEP.ph)


"Since layering is the hype of skincare today and everyone you know would swear by serums, it is not bad to add a layer of serum to your skin care regimen."

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A face serum is actually the lightweight version of a moisturizer packed with a high-concentration of active ingredients—from anti-aging elements, antioxidants, and skin lighteners, among many others.

This skincare product is also quickly absorbed by our skin.

"Face serums have higher concentrations of active ingredients which deeply penetrate the skin, therefore smaller amounts or even just a drop can work the whole face," says Dr. Pie.

There are two different types of face serum in the market: water-based and oil-based.


Dr. Pie added, "Best time to apply serum is twice a day after cleansing and toning in the morning, and before moisturizer at night."

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But don’t just get any serum out there. It’s important to consider your skin type so you know which one will work best for you.

The celebrity dermatologist explained, "If you have oily skin, serums work best alone. For normal to combination skin, you may layer with a lightweight moisturizer or anti-aging cream. For dry skin, you may layer with heavier textured cream."

Water-based face serums are typically applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Meanwhile, the oil-based type should be applied after your moisturizer. This will help boost your moisturizer's hydrating effect throughout the whole day.

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Due to the active ingredients that work hard on your skin, a bottle can be expensive. So before you decide to get one, identify first what skin or beauty problem you want to solve.


Dr. Pie shares that "to improve skin tone and texture, get a serum with antioxidants. To firm the skin, serum with peptides works best.

"To brighten and regenerate the skin, serums with retinols work best. To renew the skin overnight, serums with growth factors work best.

"To improve elasticity, serums with alpha and beta hydroxy acids work best and those with unique botanicals."

Pond's Age Miracle Serum, PHP649


Burt's Bees Radiance Serum, PHP1,595, Beauty Bar

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate PHP2,895, Rockwell


Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, PHP5,800, in Rustan's

La Mer The Regenerating Serum, $335 (around PHP18,650) in Rustan's


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This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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