BOOSTERS, SERUMS AND ESSENCES: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Skin is complicated. It’s the largest organ of the body with unique needs and concerns.This can make it difficult to find a good skin care routine. A good skin care routine requires some important essential products- cleanser, exfoliant, day cream with SPF and night cream but sometimes, your skin requires a little extra to tackle specific skincare concerns such as reducing and preventing further signs of ageing, pigmentation spots, dehydration and enlarged pores. Our boosters, serums and essences contain high concentrations of ingredients and have been specially developed to provide a targeted solution for specific skin concerns.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOOSTERS, SERUMS AND ESSENCES?
The difference between boosters, serums and essences may seem subtle but choosing the right one for your skin can have exceptional results. It is important to note that how we (Paula’s Choice) define and formulate our boosters, serums and essences may differ to other companies. Therefore, we recommend not to use the following descriptions for all products called 'boosters', 'serums' or 'essences'. This information will breakdown the differences between these unique products and the benefits they can provide to your skin.
Paula's Choice boosters contain a high concentration of one crucial ingredient for your skin plus a combination of other active ingredients (because no matter how good it may be, one ingredient is never enough). These crucial ingredients are found in other Paula's Choice products, but scientific research has shown that higher concentrations of these ingredients ensure better results in case of persistent skin problems. There are 7 boosters that target a specific skin care concerns:
- Peptide Booster: 8 anti-ageing peptides which visibly strengthen the skin and train skin cells to act like younger, healthier cells.
- C15 Super Booster: 15% stabilised vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid for dramatically brighter, more even toned complexion.
- 10% Niacinamide Booster: Visibly minimises pore size and refines skin’s texture.
- Hyaluronic Acid Booster: : Instantly smooths skin and visibly plumps fine lines and wrinkles.
- 1% Retinol Booster: concentrated 1% Retinol improves the appearance of wrinkles, reduce pore size and improve skin tone.
- Moisture Renewal Oil Booster: Nourishing blend of plant oils to instantly smooth and restore dry and flaky skin.
- C25 Super Booster: High concentration of 25% ascorbic acid targets stubborn brown spots, red marks and wrinkles.
Our boosters have a lightweight texture so you can easily combine them with the other products in your skin care routine. You can apply them directly to your skin or mix with your night cream and serum. Our boosters are also gentle enough to be used around your eye area.
Our serums are designed to complement your day and night cream. They contain an additional blend of powerful antioxidants and skin-supporting ingredients that renew and restore your skin. Our serums are also formulated in different textures to cater to every skin type. If you have normal, oily or combined skin, opt for a serum with a lightweight texture. For dry and sensitive skin, a serum with a rich, soothing formula is a good choice.
Although boosters, serums and essences can be a good addition to the rest of your skin care routine, in most cases they are not substitutes for a day or night cream. But if, for example, you have very oily skin, you could choose to use only a serum.
It is important to note that these products do not replace the need for daily sun protection. Always end your daytime routine with an SPF moisturiser of factor 30 or higher.
Our Resist Anti-Aging Brightening Essence works very differently to our serums and boosters. It has a water-light formula and contains a blend of powerful brightening ingredients that improve stubborn skin discoloration.
Consistent use of this essence will result in brighter, more radiant looking skin and a more even toned complexion.
Due to its lightweight texture, this essence can easily be combined with other products in your routine such as your serum or booster. It can also be used with any of our skin-brightening products such as the C15 Super Booster for even more superior results.
ADD BOOSTERS, SERUMS AND ESSENCES TO YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE.
Boosters, serums and essences are versatile products that you can use in many ways. You can apply them on alternate days or every day. In the morning and/or evening. They can be applied separately or mixed together. There really is no single right way; you can figure out what best works for you and your skin.
The following is an example of how you can add these products to your morning and evening routine. Do not mix boosters, serums and essences with your day cream with SPF as this reduces the effectiveness of your sun protection. You always use a day cream with SPF as the last product in your morning routine.
Morning and evening routine
Step 1: Cleanse skin with a mild facial cleanser.
Step 2: Tone.
Step 3: Exfoliate with an AHA or BHA product. You can also perform this step once a day.
Step 4: Apply one or more boosters in succession or mix them with your serum and / or essence.
Step 5: Apply the essence.
Step 6: Apply serum.
Step 7: Finally apply a day cream with at least SPF 30 that is suitable for your skin. In the evening, end your routine with a nighttime moisturiser.
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