Welcome to Our Facial Serum Comparison Tables
In this section you will find comparison tables for the following facial serum comparisons:
On this page I explain more about the three different types of serums we review here and why you might chose one serum over another.
Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C Serums
Hyaluronic Acid Serums are the first category that we review. In fact these should really be renamed ‘Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C’, because whilst these serums have Hyaluronic Acid as their first key ingredient, they also have a good punch of Vitamin C as well. The overall purpose of these Hyaluronic Acid serums, is to give your skin an intense pulse of hydration and to do this – they focus on Hyaluronic Acid, which is a super hydrator.
Hyaluronic Acid is actually a carbohydrate, not an acid, and has been recently called ‘the fountain of youth’. This is due to the fact that it can absorb more than 1000 times its own weight in water and delivers this moisture deep within your skin. Consistently applying a serum that is high in low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid will give your skin a softer, suppler and more velvety feel, because your skin is being deeply hydrated.
Think of a baby’s skin, how soft and smooth it feels to your fingers, one of the main reasons that a baby’s skin feels like this is because of the high levels of hyaluronic acid in their skin. Over time, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid decreases and our skin becomes drier and tougher. We lose the softness of youth and that beautiful feeling of suppleness and vitality.
So when the main key ingredient in your serum is Hyaluronic Acid, the primary purpose of these serums is to super hydrate your skin. Hyaluronic Acid is also vital to the production of collagen in your skin, because collagen needs to be bathed in a bath of nourishing fluid to work properly.
The greater the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin, the more fluid around the collagen cells and the better they work. So a Hyaluronic Acid Serum can actually stimulate collagen to be produced, as well as re-hydrating your skin.
Usually, Hyaluronic Acid Serums also include other moisturizing ingredients to pump up the moisture content of your skin even more, and of course, they can include lots of antioxidants. As you can see however, the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid stem from its super hydrating properties, which plumps up your skin and also gives your skin more definition, due to increased collagen production.
The antioxidants in these serums, serve the secondary purpose of reversing the damage to your skin, caused by free radicals and environmental pollution. So for example, vitamin c serum benefits include protecting your skin from sun damage, as well as reducing any sun spots or age spots you might have on your face or neck. A combined Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Serum, gives you the best of both worlds – with benefits from both Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C in your serum. First there is an emphasis on hydration and second, an emphasis on reversing the signs of free radical damage.
Take home message: The benefits of a Hyaluronic Acid Serum – If your main issue is with dry and rough textured skin with a loss of definition, then select a Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C serum and then look for other luscious ingredients to help attack other problems you may have with your skin.
Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serums
If your main issue is that you have damage to your skin caused by excessive sun exposure or you have sun spots, age spots, liver spots, skin discolorations and uneven skin tones, then you want serums in the second category – a‘Vitamin C with Hyaluronic Acid’ Serum.
This is because with Vitamin C as the main key ingredient, these serums focus on reversing the signs of aging and improving the tone and brightness of your skin first and moisturizing your skin second. The benefits of a Vitamin C Serum and the other antioxidants that are included in many of these serums, are in cellular repair, reversing free radical damage and healing wounds and minor scars.
Vitamin C in particular, also helps to promote the production of collagen, which means you have a double boost of collagen stimulating ingredients when you select a Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Collagen gives your skin its elasticity, so your skin looker younger, with less fine lines and wrinkles, more hydration and a lovely velvety feel with a smoother skin tone and fewer discolorations.
Take home message: The benefits of a Vitamin C Serum – If your main problem is sun damage, with lots of age spots or sun spots, then select a serum where the first ingredient is Vitamin C and then decide on the secondary ingredients based on the other skin problems you want to address.
Glycolic Acid Serums
If you suffer from dull or tired skin or skin that has lots of blackheads or blocked pores, then a Glycolic Acid Serum is a good addition to your beauty regime. It’s also very useful if you suffer from acne or have very dry and flaky skin. The reason that Glycolic Acid Serums are so good is because they have strong exfoliant properties. This means that they help to remove the dead cells from the top layer of your skin and give you a fresher and brighter complexion.
These exfoliant properties is also why Glycolic Acid Serums are popular with people suffering from acne, because all the debris is cleared out of their pores, greatly reducing their acne and in many instances, clearing it completely. Exfoliation also helps to reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots.
Low concentrations of Glycolic Acid (10% or less) have been cleared by the FDA as safe for use in over the counter, skin care products. More moderate amounts of Glycolic Acid (10% to 50%) should be administered by medical physicians and above 50%, by physicians.
Take home message: The benefits of a Glycolic Acid Serum – If you main concern is acne, blocked pores or dull looking skin, then a Glycolic Acid Serum will really brighten and freshen your complexion.
For more information on alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid read our article here.
Many people actually use all three of these serums, because they want the super hydration benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, the potent antioxidant benefits of a Vitamin C Serum and the fabulous exfoliation from Glycolic Acid Serums. Many people use the Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C Serum in the morning and then the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serum at night. That way, you have the best of both worlds.
If you want to add a Glycolic Acid Serum to your night time beauty regime, you can either alternate with Vitamin C or use the Glycolic Acid Serum first and then finish with the Vitamin C Serum.
These serums are relatively inexpensive – we have seen some serums selling for hundreds of dollars, yet they have the same ingredients as many of the serums reviewed here. Given the affordable price point of these serums and the fact that so many customers rave about these serums, it just makes sense to buy 2 at a time (to reduce shipping costs).
This makes them a very cost affordable solution to keeping your skin, healthy, fresh and youthful, for as long as possible 🙂
We all deserve to look the best we can, so let this be the day that you treat yourself to a fabulous anti-aging and rejuvenative youth serum and help your skin look more radiant, youthful and vibrant than ever!
Hyaluronic acid serums have become very popular in the skincare industry, simply because they have such a remarkable effect on your complexion. When an ingredient this good comes along, everyone wants to jump on the band-wagon!
The cooler autumn temperatures and lower humidity levels cause your skin to loose some of its moisture, so autumn is all about hydration and repairing any damage caused during summer. It’s also a good time to prepare your skin for the ravages of the cold winter months yet to arrive.
There are many factors that are essential to maintaining a youthful complexion, but collagen production is the key element! The problem is that as you age, the amount of collagen in your skin decreases, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. The solution is to increase the production of collagen in your skin.