99% Are Using Serum the Wrong Way, So We Tell You How To Choose & Apply Serum to Get the Results You Want (headline)
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Confused about choosing and applying a serum? Or you are the proud owner of many but yet not sure which serum to apply first and how much. You’re not alone. Despite it appearing on Instagram feed all of last year, serum still remains a mystery to many.
So, What’s A Serum Anyway?!
It’s a light, fast-absorbing liquid that has a high percentage of skincare warriors called active ingredients. The most popular active ingredients are Vitamin C, Retinol (a form of Vitamin A), Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid. The serums are usually made with one or two actives, targeted to give specific skin or hair solutions.
Because serums are easy to apply and get absorbed in the skin quickly, it’s the most powerful way of seeing results fast. No wonder serums have a cult following among the superstars and models. Think of serum as your SECRET WEAPON on your beauty shelf!
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How To Choose the Right Serum?
The best serum really is all about the results you are looking for.
Best Serum for Glowing Skin
If a selfie-worthy radiance is your goal, the best serum to get is with Vitamin C, alpha arbutin, retinol, and/or hyaluronic acid.
Best Serum for Dry Skin
Hydration is what you need. That’s why a serum with Hyaluronic acid and Vitamins A as well as E should top your list.
Best Serum for Oily Skin
Serums containing salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) are great for balancing excess oil on the skin. Hyaluronic acid can also hydrate oily skin with minimal emollient residue.
Best Serum for Acne-Prone Skin
Struggling with acne and want to prevent future breakouts? Your go-to serum should have acne-busting actives Salicylic & Glycolic Acid.
Best Serum for Sensitive Skin
A great alternative to skin-irritant creams! Look for anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe, white lotus, & camellia.
Best Anti-Ageing Serum
Retinol, natural alpha arbutin, and hyaluronic acid are your best friends to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Best Serum to Reduce Acne Scars & Pits/Pigmentation
Niacinamide combined with alpha arbutin is a magical blend for a serum to remove dark acne pits, scars, and dark spots.
Best Serum for Thinning Hair
Active plant-based ingredients Redensyl and Anagain have been breakthroughs in revitalizing hair growth. Best to thicken eyebrows too!
Everybody knows about cleansing, toning, and moisturizing but a great serum will target the specific skin or hair concern that you have and give you 2X the results. Thanks to online shopping, you can buy serums easily from the convenience of your own home.
How to Apply Serum?
A serum is a great first step after cleansing and before moisturizing because the skin soaks up the powerful active ingredients like a sponge and gets sealed in when a moisturizer or face cream is applied. Here’s the best way to apply a serum:
Step 1: Cleanse your skin with a face wash.
Step 2: Put a few drops directly on your face with the dropper or on your fingertips.
Step 3: Smooth into the skin gently.
Pro-Tip: In the morning, follow it up with sunscreen. In the night, you can follow it up with a moisturizer, night cream, and under eye cream if you are using these products.
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Vitamin C Night Serum
I want to use 2 serums…but I’m confused how to apply it?
Need help layering serums for your skin? At Pilgrim, we have a serum for several specific skin and hair concerns, whether it is busting acne or preserving a youthful glow. Use our guide to know how to layer serums the right way.
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Layering Your Serums
3 Different Ways
You can apply one in the morning and one in the evening or alternate using the two on different days.
2. Buy A Multitasking Serum
Invest in a good multitasking serum that has retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C so that you don’t have to mix and match.
3. Apply The Most Beneficial One First
If your concern is about dark spots and you want to also plump up your skin, apply a skin clarifying serum first and then a hydrating serum.
Word of Caution: Certain products should not be mixed together such as peels, retinol, and acne-treatment products. It is advisable to read the instructions for serum applications before overloading your skin with actives.
What People are Saying about Pilgrim Serums & Why You Should Try It Too
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RETINOL & HYALURONIC ACID LIFT & FIRM SERUM
Nothing has helped my skin the way this product has turned it around completely. My skin had started to develop lines around the eyes, which became more prominent when I smiled. I also had a large patch of tanning on my forehead. Within 10 days then there were signs of improvement. The lines have faded considerably and the patch is completely gone. Worth a try for sure.
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SALICYLIC & GLYCOLIC ACID ANTI-ACNE SERUM
Another wonderful product from my favourite natural skincare brand. The Anti-Acne serum works wonders and controls the acne very well. I have tried many products in the past but used to always get an odd pimple here or there. My skin is improving day by day and the compliments are just flowing. I love how the serum is not oily and can be worn under makeup as well.
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“Pilgrim Vitamin C Serum For Face: Best Vitamin C Face Serums To Fight Dark Spots And Uneven Skin”
This serum from Pilgrim comes with the goodness of antioxidant properties of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, which eventually helps the skin in preventing free-radical damage. It makes your skin brighter and gives a youthful glow, thereby deeply nourishing it.
The Pilgrim Code
Pilgrim is “Clean Compatible”. Not just free of harmful and toxic chemicals but uses only those ingredients that either enhance the health of our hair & skin or support the effectiveness of formulations. The ubiquitous Toxic 20 chemicals are often the root cause of imbalance of our skin-hair health. When eliminated from our products altogether (“clean break”), our body has the ability to reset and return to its natural & healthy state.
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As teenagers, many of us had skin pore generating habits like popping pimples, often without realizing what we were actually doing to our skin. Pores can be really annoying and embarrassing for both men and women. The skin of the face is more sensitive than the body. So, even the most innocent daily activity can cause unwanted breakouts.
What are the bad habits that lead to clogged pores?
The pores clogged with dead skin cells and sebum can develop into pimples. Here are 9 habits that might be clogging your pores. If you have any of these habits, change it immediately, and let your skin breathe.
Not washing your face at night
It is hard to think about your skin when you are exhausted. Not washing your face at night can have some severe consequences. Washing your face not only removes makeup but the dirt and dust that your face accumulated throughout the day.
Use Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Wash to clean your face every day. It will clean your skin and calm it down while ensuring that the protective barrier of the skin is not sloughed off.
Dead skin cells that are present on our skin are one of the main reasons behind clogged pores. You don’t need to exfoliate daily, but to get rid of the outer dead layer of the skin, it is important to exfoliate once or twice a week. Use a gentle face scrub to exfoliate your skin.
Not taking a bath after a workout
Working out does not cause breakouts, but all that sweat after a workout gets mixed with dirt and sits on your skin. The bacteria on the skin start to proliferate because of all the perspiration left behind. This causes rashes and breakouts.
Touching your face
Many people have the habit of touching their face too often. By constantly touching your face, you are transferring the many allergens, oils, and bacteria from your hands to your skin, which can clog pores. Dermatologist recommends keeping your hands off your face as much as possible or better use sanitizer before touching your face to prevent the breakouts.
Talking on the phone
If you spend a lot of time on your phone and worry about your acne as well, then your phone is to be blamed. Phones are indeed filthy collecting bacteria, oil, and makeup and can transfer dirt and bacteria on your face. Wipe your phone every day or better use headphones to talk.
Not washing your bed sheets
If you are one of the people who don’t mind sleeping on dirty pillowcases and bed sheets, your skin might be facing some tough times. Bed sheets and pillows can easily harbor an accumulation of dirt and oil, transferring that all to your skin at night, leading to clogged pores.
Sleeping with Makeup on
Makeup resting on your face covers the skin and does not give it any room to breathe, which means allowing pollutants, oil, and makeup to settle into your pores while you sleep. It coats your skin and leads to clogging of the pores. So, before going to bed, get rid of all the makeup residue. Also, avoid using expired makeup products. It is a good practice to use Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum before going to sleep. This is a non-greasy formula for fighting off premature aging and environmental damage.
Not washing makeup brushes
Washing your face is the basic step in getting rid of the clogged pores and washing your brushes is the second. Not cleaning your makeup brushes can lead to bacteria build-up. This causes irritation of the skin and breakouts as bacteria continue to grow on your skin.
People think that tanned skin looks better and helps with the clogged pores. In reality, it is one of the reasons for clogged pores. During Sun tanning, the skin tissues get damaged. So, sun tanning actually leads to more clogged pores. The pores become larger and saggier.
You can try some topical creams containing natural ingredients. Remember to always use non-comedogenic moisturizing cream and sunscreen before going out.
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Face packs and masks are essential during summer. The onset of summer not only brings fun and frolic associated with outdoor activities but a lot of skin problems too. For people with dry skin, it is hard to lock all the moisture. The high humidity levels can cause peeling and cracking of the dry skin. Summer acne, rashes, sun allergy, and insect bites can make you want to hide and cover-up. All the pollution, dirt, and UV rays can make skin lusterless, boring, and dull. The cumulative effects of sun exposure can increase the risk of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Fortunately, most of the summer skin damage is easy to treat. You can have the best summer with these amazing face packs. They lock in the moisture and improve the condition of the skin. Here are some more reasons why you should apply for a summer face pack this summer:
Face masks not only improve your skin’s overall appearance, but they can also be therapeutic. Some summer face pack that are infused with essential oils like rosemary and mint can stimulate your senses and your spirit.
We recommend the clay-based Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Mask that can help in drawing out irritants, excess oil, and pollutants and preventing breakouts. It will leave your skin supple and smooth.
- When you are using a skin mask, you can set some ‘me’ time for yourself. Have a warm water bath, light some candles, put on soothing music, and let the magic begin. It will give you a wonderful experience that will relax your spirit and mind.
Deep cleansing –
Cleansing is an important part of your skincare routine. It removes dirt, makeup, oil, and other impurities from the skin. But, with a face mask, the cleansing process can be taken to a completely new level. A good facial mask will be drawing out impurities hiding under the epidermis’ top layer. It can be said that a mask helps the skin through a complete detoxing process. You will be able to notice immediate changes in your skin.
Unclog pores –
As mentioned-above, masks can help in absorbing excess oils and removing dirt. They also help in removing the dead skin cells accumulated on the skin. Once all the debris is removed from the skin’s surface, your pores will get unclogged too. Clogged pores are a common skin issue. Impurities can get trapped in the pores and are pushed down into the pores where it can lead to the development of bacteria. It can soon turn into blemish, breakouts, or a giant pimple. Using a face mask regularly will help in keeping the skin clean and pores unclogged.
Glowing skin –
Masks can also aid in stimulating blood circulation. The mask dries on the skin and starts to harden. When this mask is removed, it leads to an expansion in the skin’s blood vessels, resulting in an overall improvement in the skin tone. You will have a smoother and softer skin along with a refreshed appearance and a radiant glow.
Help your skincare regimen –When you use masks, it helps other skin care products work better. It helps your serums, day lotions, and night products get absorbed deeper and quicker. This is why a face mask is a must. When you use a skin mask on a regular basis, you are ensuring that your hydrating, toning and protecting products are performing better and giving the results at a faster pace.
Applying a face mask in simple steps
Step 1: It will be a mess. So, be prepared for it. If you are applying the mask in the tub, you can just cover your face, throat, and neck, and just relax. If not, you have to pull back your hair so that it doesn’t get tangled with the face mask. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.
Step 2: Start by cleansing your face. Use a cleanser for removing all the surface dirt, makeup, and oil before applying the mask. This will ensure that your skin gets all the benefits your mask can deliver. We recommend Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Wash, it is a powerful and gentle cleanser that will not disturb your pH or strip the moisture barrier from the skin. It will help in maintaining the youth of your skin and getting a bouncy and clear skin.
Step 3: Use damp hands while applying the mask directly to your damp skin. You should not rub the face mask into your skin directly. Apply it like you would add frosting to a cupcake. Avoid the eye area, and keep the nostrils clear. The mask can be extended from the face to your neck and throat. You don’t want to end up with a young-looking face with an old, wrinkly neck.
Step 4: Use these 10 minutes for relaxing, styling your hair, checking your email, or doing anything that you want. Just don’t forget to keep track of time and make sure to follow the directions. If the directions say that the mask should be left on for up to 15 minutes, you have to do exactly the same. Don’t extend the time for 20 or 30 minutes. The benefits of the product are tied to the usage directions. You have to follow them properly.
Step 5: The last step is removing the mask. Masks are created to adhere to the skin. Don’t be too rough while removing it. You can use a washcloth and plenty of water for washing away the mask gently. Don’t rub. Just pat the skin dry using a towel.
Before you apply the summer face pack, you can dab some eye cream or eye gel around the eyes. It will protect this delicate area from getting dehydrated because of the face mask. Also, when the face mask gets dried and you have to take it off, you can place a wet, warm washcloth on the face and hold it for a few seconds. Repeat this a couple of times for loosening and dissolving the face mask from the skin. This will make the process of rinsing off the face mask gentler for the skin.
A skin mask is an important part of a good skin care regimen. In just a few minutes, you will be able to see and feel a noticeable transformation.
Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Mask with Yugdugu & White Lotus
Unlock complete skincare with our Volcanic Lava Ash Face Mask. This clay-based mask boosts microcirculation and brings up nutrients right up to the skin from within. The volcanic lava ash gently draws out excess oil, pollutants and irritants from within the pores and deep cleans.
Lazy winter days filled with cozy blankets, crusty toasts by the fireside with endless hot beverages are just perfect until you realize your skin is a mess with no sound explanation. The low humidity and freezing temperature in winter can give you a winter itch. The moisture content in your skin drops as the temperature drops, which can cause skin irritation. Many people experience this problem during the winter season.
Our skin’s outer layer contains natural oils, which keep your skin smooth, soft, and moisturized. Low temperature can strip your skin of essential moisture, which can be intensified with blower and heating equipment used in the home. Some of the other causes include a viral infection or sensitivity to fragrance-based products. These extreme conditions can strip your body of natural oil, causing dry skin and irritation. Symptoms may include sensitivity, flaking, itching, and redness. When the weather is extreme, you will have to put some extra effort to keep your skin at its best. Here are some tips you can follow for your skin and make the most out of this season.
Avoid hot water bath-
Frequent hot baths or showers can strip your skin of natural oils and cause skin irritation. Instead, use lukewarm water to keep your skin hydrated and bathe for not more than 10 minutes.
Be wise with products-
Avoid using fragranced soaps for a bath as they can lead to winter itch skin. Instead, go for soaps that contain moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and glycerin. Shampoos, conditioners, detergents with a lot of fragrance can aggravate your skin conditions. So, buy only fragrance-free products.
Go with natural products like the Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner. Its alcohol-free formula puts all the moisture back in your skin cell. The White Lotus purifies the pores and hydrates your skin while the Witch Hazel replenishes the moisture, soothes skin irritations, shrinks pores, and prevents blemishes.
Lastly, Camellia flowers nourish the skin and moisturize it. It is a must product for achieving a firmer and brighter skin.
Moisturize your skin–
After you come out of the shower, pat dry and moisturize your skin with winter care moisturizing cream while your skin is still damp. Use heavy creams or an oil-based moisturizer to help seal water in the skin and preserve moisture. You can also choose a cream with Aloe Vera gel or vitamin E extracts. Apply a generous amount of the moisturizer and reapply it whenever you wash your hands. It is a crucial step for winter skin protection. Apart from the moisturizer, don’t forget to treat your skin with a night serum. We recommend Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum that is the best non-greasy and easily-absorbed formula for fighting against signs of environmental damage and premature aging. Often referred to as ‘Liquid Gold’, it will repair your skin while you are asleep.
The prolonged exposure to the sun can also cause skin irritation, as in winter snow can reflect up to 75% of UV light. So, make sure that you apply sunscreen before going out. Reapply it after every two hours.
Use lukewarm water for shaving, it will make your hair soft. Use only organic-based shaving gel that contains soothing ingredients such as moisturizing oils and aloe vera. Wash with cold water to seal off the pores and pat dry with a clean towel. Remember to apply moisturizer to replace the lost moisture and soothe the skin.
Oiling your body throughout the winter season is one of the best ways to prevent skin irritation. In winter, skin irritation is caused by a lack of moisture and cracked skin. Oil heals the cracked skin and supplies moisture to it. If you have oily skin, it would be better to use baby oil. However, for dry skin, you can use olive oil, castor oil, or just mustard skin.
Use a humidifier to help retain the lost moisture in the air due to the continuous use of the blower. Place it in the areas where you spend most of the time to get the best results.
Protect your hands-
Give a little special attention to your hands, they are more prone to developing dryness as they are more exposed to harsh weather. Cover your hands with gloves before going out and always carry a hand cream. Apply a hand cream whenever you wash your hands and make sure it includes sunblock ingredients for winter skin protection against sun exposure.
Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids to neutralize your skin and prevent dehydration in your skin cells. Also, eat lots of fresh fruits and green veggies to keep your skin hydrated. Add sweet potato, walnuts, and oranges to your diet to relieve dry, itchy skin. Drink 7 to 8 glasses of water every day to keep your skin hydrated, which helps fight skin irritation and rashes.
Wear loose-fitting clothes made from soft, smooth, and natural fabrics. It will help prevent extra heat from being confined against the skin and reduce skin irritation.
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Hair care in summer is as important as skincare. The scorching sun during summer is as harmful to your hair as it is for your skin. Within a few days of the hot season, your manageable and shiny hair starts looking damaged and dull. However, that doesn’t mean your hair will remain unmanageable throughout the season. With some extra care and caution during the summer season, you can protect your hair and maintain its healthiness.
Shampoo and Conditioning
During the hot summer days, you may feel the urge to shampoo your hair every day. While that may seem a comforting option, it isn’t beneficial as it can result in your scalp drying up.
It might be worse if you are someone who sweats the most in your scalp, eventually making your hair sweaty and greasy. In that case, you should choose mild shampoos. Pilgrim Sulfate Free Shampoo works best in that regard.
If you shampoo frequently, one of the best hair care tips in summer is to apply the shampoo on your scalp rather than in your hair. Also, you shouldn’t forget about conditioning your hair. The sun rays end up drying out your hair and you can restore some of the moisture by using a conditioner.
You should oil massage your scalp frequently during the summer months. It is an excellent way of removing dirt and dust from your scalp. These dirt particles usually accumulate more during the summer season. Not just that, oil massages help improve the blood circulation in your scalp and also strengthen your hair’s roots. You can rinse off your hair 30-45 minutes after applying the oil.
Take care of your hair before swimming
Summers are the best time to hit the swimming pool and have a good enjoyable exercise. However, you need to make sure you protect your hair before going in for a splash. Hair care in summer before swimming involves not shampooing your hair before you go swimming. This is because doing so would eliminate the protective oils present in your hair, which will make your hair vulnerable to the chemicals and salt present in the pool water. Before you wear a swimming cap, you can apply some leave-in conditioner. After you are done swimming, cleanse your hair with a good shampoo. It diminishes the harmful effects that chlorine in the pool water has.
Minimize heat exposure
You should avoid hairstyling methods that require you to apply extra heat to your hair. You should minimize the use of curlers and hair straighteners. Even hair dryers should be used as less as possible. Try to allow the hair to dry naturally. If possible, wash your hair 30 minutes sooner for that. Summer care for skin and hair always means keeping things as normal as possible.
Split ends tend to form up more during the hot season. Dry hair tips or split ends aren’t healthy for your hair and they don’t even look good. So, summer can be the ideal time for a haircut. Not only will it get rid of the split ends, but you also get a new look during the summer season. If you do not want your hair’s length to be any shorter, you can always choose to trim off only the split ends of your hair.
Guard your hair
If you want your hair to remain healthy, you need to screen it from the unbearable sun rays. A great way of doing so would be covering your hair with a scarf whenever you go out. You can also use a leave-in conditioner if you prefer not to wear a scarf. If your job requires you to stay outdoors for long hours, make sure your hair care products contain adequate SPF amounts. You should also apply hair masks that suit your hair. However, when you are home, make sure you wash your hair.
Tie up your hair
The heat during summer causes your hair to dry up and make it frizzier. Tying up your hair when going outside is a good way of controlling it. This is one of the best tips for hair care in the summer. If you tie up your hair, it doesn’t mean you can’t style it. There are many styles you can try out: ponytails, braids, buns, or knots. Tying up your hair not only prevents your hair from getting frizzy, but it also reduces sweating.
Drink enough fluids
No matter how good your hair care in summer is, you won’t get any results if you don’t drink water in adequate amounts. Drinking water and other fluids in sufficient amounts are helpful for both your hair and your skin. Also, include fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet for lustrous and healthy hair.
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