WHY USE A SERUM OR CONCENTRATE?
What is a skin serum?
A serum, or concentrate, is a lightweight skin care product with a high concentration of active ingredients. It is designed to be applied to clean skin, before your moisturiser, so that it can be absorbed straight into the skin’s surface. Molecules in serums are small, to ensure they can penetrate the skin’s surface effectively.
A serum can address and target specific skin concerns. For example; lines and wrinkles. They tend to contain a high dose of anti-ageing ingredients. They are expensive when compared with a moisturiser, but they are concentrated so you only need a little each day. Drop for drop they prove good value.
Although a serum is likely to contain moisturising and hydrating ingredients, it isn’t a moisturiser. Adding a moisturiser over the top of this product will keep the expensive ingredients in and keep skin hydrated throughout the day or night. They are designed to work together.
How do I choose the right serum for my skin?
You need to look at the ingredients within the serum to see if they address your own skin concerns. Our Ingredient and Question of The Month blogs can tell you more about the major ingredients found in skin care products. There are details, below, on the concentrates from Pevonia.
Certain ingredients are great for dry skin, others for acne-prone skin, those suffering from redness, helping to lighten sun spots, etc.
Here is a table which shows which Serum/Concentrate is recommended for which Skin Type:
|Skin Type||Product||Main Ingredients||Usage||Benefits||Who Needs It|
|Dry Skin||Vitaminic Concentrate||Squalane, Vitamins A & E, Azulene, Mandarin Essential Oil||1-2 x/day||Revitalising, nourishing, eases excessive dryness, smooths fine lines, anti-free radicals.||For those with dry, dehydrated skin that feels tight, rough, flaky or irritated with uneven skin tone and texture and who are concerned with preventing signs of ageing.|
|Sensitive Skin||Soothing Propolis Concentrate||Propolis, Lavender, Vetiver Oil||1-2 x/day||Desensitising, anti-bacterial, healing, controls occasional breakouts, strengthens fragile skin.||For those with sensitive, hypersensitive and allergy-prone skin, whose skin is fragile, gets red or easily irritated, has occasional breakouts. Soothes inflamed acne skin, great for burns and after waxing..|
|Combination Skin||“C” Complexe with Oxyzomes||Vitamin C with Oxyzomes, Hyaluronic Acid||1-2 x/day||Anti-free radicals, corrects and prevents photo damage, reduces fine lines, firming, restoring.||For those who want to prevent and correct fine lines and uneven skin colour. A must for those exposed to smoke, environmental pollutants and high stress.|
|Rosacea/ Sensitivity/ Dilated Capillaries||RS2 Concentrate||Green Tea, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licquorice), Olibanum, French Rose Essential Oil||1-2 x/day||Immediate comforting, cooling, decongesting, reduces skin heat, strengthens capillaries.||For those with hypersensitive skin and microcirculation problems, caused by rosacea, who desire a deep repair treatment.|
|Preventive/Anti-Ageing/Mature||Collagen & Myoxy-Caviar® Intensifier||Marine Collagen, Caviar Extract, Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Jonquil||1-2 x/day||Smooths lines, plumps and deeply hydrates.||For those who want to prevent or repair fine lines and wrinkles, and those with skin that feels tight, dry and dehydrated.|
|Preventive/Anti-Ageing/Mature||Elastin & Sorghum Intensifier||Marine Elastin, Sorghum, Jasmine Oil||1-2 x/day||Smooths texture, improves elasticity, firms, deeply hydrates.||For someone who wants to prevent and repair loose or sagging skin and has a tendency to feel tight or dehydrated.|
|Preventive/Anti-Ageing/Mature||Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Serum||Hyaluronic Acid, Marine Collagen, Hibiscus Esculentus, Panthenol||1-2 x/day||Deeply hydrating, de-ageing; plumps lines and wrinkles, enhances cellular performance, a great make-up base for smooth, radiant skin.||For those concerned with dehydration, loss of elasticity, visible lines and wrinkles and a dull appearance.|
|Preventive/De-Ageing/Corrective/ Mature||Micro-Retinol Essential Serum||Retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lemon Peel Oil||1 x at night||Rejuvenates, refines and smooths skin texture, lightens hyperpigmentation, reduces lines and wrinkles.||For those with advanced signs of ageing and sun damage exhibited by wrinkles, loose and sagging skin and uneven skin tone or dark spots. Great for those who really want smoother, firmer skin and are not sensitive or acne-prone.|
|Preventive/De-Ageing/Mature||Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Intensive Serum||Argania Spinosa Culture Extract, Symphytum Root Culture Extract, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Vit. C||1-2 x/day||Accelerates repair, smoothing, hydrating, rejuvenating, revitalising.||For mature skin with severe ageing signs or those who want to avoid them. Great for those who want reduced lines and wrinkle depth, a smoother skin surface, and long-term protection of the skin’s naturally repairing stem cells.|
What order do I use products in?
Cleanser * Toner * Serum * Moisturiser.
For daytime use, either use an SPF product between the serum and moisturiser, or choose a moisturiser with SPF. Alternatively, use an SPF product within your make-up routine.
Within the product range, you will see that Pevonia uses the description ‘serum’, ‘concentrate’ and ‘intensifier’ within home care. These have 10% active ingredients. As a comparison, serums bought on the High Street have up to 0.2%.
Pevonia’s professional line refers to ampoules, which are used within facials, these have an even higher concentration of active ingredients, at 12%. Your therapist is the best person to assist you in making an informed choice on the products to use when having a professional facial in the spa/salon.
- Vitaminic Concentrate (Award winner)
High in Vitamins A and E, and containing Squalane (from Spanish Green Olives), Azulene (from German Chamomile) and Mandarin Orange Oil, Vitaminic Concentrate has a natural blue colour and a refreshing citrus scent. It is revitalising and nourishing whilst being excellent in combating free-radicals. This is an ideal treatment for dry, dehydrated skin where it will also smooth fine lines.
A light textured, micro-emulsified, gel containing Propolis, Lavender Cera, Vetiver Oil and Glycerin. This concentrate is desensitising and decongesting. It controls bacteria and breakouts whilst strengthening fragile skin. Soothing Propolis is excellent to combat microcirculation problems, and for skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema.
This intensive, anti-oxidant, serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and features Oxyzomes with stabilised Vitamin C and a time-release mechanism. With this serum, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced, the complexion rejuvenated and skin appears lightened and more youthful. It’s great for smokers and those with environmentally-stressed skin.
This light gel concentrate provides immediate relief, comfort and coolness to individuals suffering from rosacea. Green Tea and Liquorice are combined with Aloe Vera, Chamomile and other ingredients to improve skin’s blotchiness, redness, congestion and sensitivity. For best results use before RS2 Care Cream
This potent anti-ageing Intensifier works to significantly decrease the skin’s deterioration and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Featuring a highly concentrated formula, this unique blend unites: Collagen Polypeptides, Caviar Extract and Hibiscus Esculentus Extract.
Key actives visibly firm and rejuvenate the skin, helping to prevent premature slackening of the skin for a firmer, hydrated, and more youthful, appearance. This Intensifier is formulated with a high concentration of Sorghum, rich in Vitamins B2 and C. This aqueous, light-textured bio-micro gel is recommended for all skin types with lack of lustre and loss of elasticity.
50% of Hyaluronic Acid existing in the body is located in the skin. However, its concentration starts declining with age, contributing to dehydration, dull appearance, and the accelerated onset of lines and wrinkles. Pevonia’s unique formulation delivers fragmented micro-particles of botanical Hyaluronic Acid from Sugar Beets, guaranteed for absorption and combined with the powerful duo of Marine Collagen and Hibiscus Esculentus extracts for optimum hydrating and skin smoothing results. Skin texture is rendered softer, plumper, and firmer, while looking healthier, resilient, luminous, and supple. Ideal for use as an active hydrating ingredient for dehydrated, dry, and mature skin. Recommended for all skin types, including sensitive.
Ideal for mature skin of all types, except sensitive. The serum contains Vitamins C and E, along with Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid. The micro-emulsion reaches deeper layers of the skin to intensely repair, smooth and brighten. It protects against free-radical damage and is deeply moisturising. Skin is left visibly regenerated.
Accelerated repairing serum for signs of ageing. It helps to rejuvenate, smooth and hydrate skin while improving elasticity. Ingredients include; Hyaluronic Acid, Marine Collagen along with Argan and Comfrey Root Plant Stem Cells.