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What do serum's actually do?
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:44 pm      Reply with quote
I did a search on serum's and have been reading up on different "serum's" as you all call it.

1) But I am a bit confused on what it does?

2) It sounds as though serum's are the combination of the physical properties of natural oils, with the effects of lotions with vitamins?

3) Also, how is it applied after washing? Is it applied, mixed with your lotions and daily oils, or by itself?

4) Are there serums to treat blemishes and reduce oil production (the same way natural oils do etc)

I hope you can tell me more, I'm very fascinated in knowing!
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:49 pm      Reply with quote
The short answer is that different serums do different things depending on what actives they contain. There are acne serums, anti-oxidant serums, aha serums, etc. etc. etc.

They're applied directly to your skin and not generally mixed with other serums, lotions or creams. Occasionally, a particular skincare provider will produce "serum-like" products and recommend that you add them to a more all purpose or universal formula that they market. But, in my experience, when that is done, they refer to the secondary product as a "booster."
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:50 pm      Reply with quote
There are many types of serums.. wattery serums, thick liquid serums.. etc. Serums come in many kind of textures.
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:20 pm      Reply with quote
"Serum" is really a misnomer. But, with regard to skincare products, a serum is a solution made up of one or more actives with the same or complementary (or synergistic) properties to target a specific problem or skin condition.

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Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:02 pm      Reply with quote
Thank you all for replying. I read each answer... and it begs me to question: What defines "actives"? Is it basically the chemicals in them are continually working?

I'm looking for a serum that works with continually helping with blemishes and oily skin. How would I begin, and are they also available at drug stores or only online?
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