Facial oils are considered emollients. Emollients are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate it. They strenghten the outer layer of the skin by helping form a protective barrier.
This means that moisture is retained within the skin and potentially harmful irritants and microbes are kept out. Scientific studies have shown that certain plant oils may also provide strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, and anti-aging effects. (For more details on the skincare benefits of the plant-based oils in Elemental Renewal Serum, read our review here.)
Oil-based serum application routine
Apply a few drops of serum to cleansed skin on face, neck, and decolletage, and gently massage in a circular motion with your fingertips until fully absorbed. Apply the serum in an upward direction as indicated in the diagram below. The serum can be used any time but to get maximum benefit we recommend applying it just before going to sleep at night.
Layering Skincare Products
Elemental Renewal Serum can be layered with other products as part of your daily beauty routine. Layering is a technique which originated in South Korea, which involves applying multiple skincare products on top of each other. Doing so allows you to customize the application according to the area or condition of the skin.
For example, some areas of the skin or face may be drier than others and benefit from the anti-aging effects of a serum combined with a balm to help retain moisture, and help the recovery of skin in that area. I have a slightly oily T-zone, but my cheeks tend to be dry. Here is an example of how I apply Five Elements products
Process: First, clean your skin gently, and pat dry with a towel (1) (products like activated carbon soap are hypoallergenic and useful for gently removing dirt and impurities during this step). Next, apply products in order of thickness, for example serum (2), followed by day cream (3), followed by a balm (4).
The serum is applied to normal and dry areas, whereas the balm is only applied to dry areas. Oily areas can forgoe the balm and serum and simply apply the day cream. Note that only a small amount of each product is required as the products spread well. You can customize the area of application according to your skin type.
To get the best benefit from these products try and incorporate the above steps into your daily beauty routine. Try this out after a few weeks and let us know how you feel about the results!
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