Danielle DeRosa is first and currently the only licensed medical aesthetician on staff at a Vermont hospital. In her role at the UVM Medical Center, she helps patients deal with skin changes due to aging and medical conditions and diseases, such as skin cancer.

For those who want to improve and protect their skin, adding a serum is one simple way to do that.

What is a Serum?

A serum is the concentrated version of a moisturizer, only it leaves out the sealing ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oils, or similar ingredients and allows water to evaporate off your skin, whereas a moisturizer prevents water from evaporating off your skin.

Are there different serums to choose from?

The answer is YES! There are many different types of serums out there. There are Vitamin C serums that help target wrinkles and sun damage, there are calming serums that help calm or prevent redness or irritation, there are age renewal serums that help with skin complexion and texture, and some that do all of the above! The important thing to consider is choosing a serum that is best for your skin condition, because everyone is different.

Some serums do make your skin sensitive to the sun, which may result in sunburned skin or other skin damage.

How do you apply a serum?

Serums are usually applied 1-2 times daily under a moisturizer. You can also include the neck and chest. Less is more when it comes to serums, so a few drops is all you may need. Gently pat drops over all desired areas.

Where can you find a serum?

If you are already using a skin care line, they probably carry at least one serum. Places to look for serums can include your local health food markets, supermarkets, drug stores, beauty supply stores, or make up counters often have them. Most places skin care lines are sold you will probably find one. Some retailers have samples to try which is a great chance for you to try the product and see if you and your skin like it!

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