5 Best Face Serums and How to Use Them

5 Best Face Serums and How to Use Them featured by top US beauty blog, Outfits & Outings


My newfound love for face serums is one that can’t be beat! It takes a long time for me to get into a consistent routine of doing something, but when I start seeing results I can’t help but stick to that routine like it’s my job. I used to get SO frustrated with my dull skin, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I had that dull skin feeling. I am SO excited for today’s post all about the best face serums I love, the order in which I apply them, and how I get the best use out of them!

A few quick tips: Consistency is key with face serums! Figure out a beauty routine that works for you and do your best to stick to it. It’s ok to build your serum collection over time. Don’t feel like you have to drop a bunch of money all at once! Here’s the thing about face serums: most of them are not cheap, but a small bottle lasts so long because you’re only using a few drops each time. Your skin will feel great as soon as the products are applied, but I’ve found that I start to see the real results about a month after consistently applying!

5 Best Face Serums and How to Use Them featured by top US beauty blog, Outfits & Outings

How cute is this makeup pouch!? You can customize it with your initials, and I have a matching pouch for my jewelry for travel. Talk about an incredible gift idea. (I have a post with all of my travel favorites coming soon, so stay tuned for more on these!)

5 Best Face Serums and How to Use Them featured by top US beauty blog, Outfits & Outings

Okay, so there are actually a few more than what the picture above shows. Most importantly, Herbivore Lapis Oil. I actually started using that when I had a crazy allergic reaction on my face from Dior Foundation last year. It is perfect for unbalanced skin! I use when it is “that time of the month” or anytime I have breakouts and it really is amazing.

Let’s talk about the products that made the lineup and what they do! These are listed in the order in which I use them!

My Top 5 Best Face Serums:

  1. Herbivore Prism (AM & PM): A super lightweight serum featuring a rainbow of natural fruit acids and hydrators to exfoliate, smooth, and clarify skin.
  2. CE Ferulic (AM & PM): A vitamin C serum that provides environmental protection, lightens lines, firms skin and brightens your complexion.
  3. Drunk Elephant Luxury Facial Oil (AM & PM): Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness, with a marked improvement in skin’s elastic feel. It is naturally anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin.
  4. Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil (PM Every other night): A next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin.
  5. Pineapple C Bright Serum (AM & PM)

How do I Know what Face Serum to Put on First?

It can take a while to figure out the perfect order to apply the serums, but a good rule of thumb is to go from thinnest consistency to the thickest! For example, Pineapple C Bright Serum is more goopy than the others so I always apply it last.

5 Best Face Serums and How to Use Them featured by top US beauty blog, Outfits & Outings

This technically isn’t a serum, but Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial mask is a product I use every once in a while when I’m feeling like an over achiever. When I do chose to use this, I put the mask on, wait 15 minutes, wash it off, then begin my serum routine. It leaves my skin feeling SO smooth, but I don’t recommend using it every single day. What exactly is it? Sukari Babyfacial is a pro-quality “facial” that resurfaces skin to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone, and a more youthful-looking appearance.

A few more details on the Babyfacial:

– 25% AHA Blend (Glycolic + (T) Tartaric, (L) Lactic, (C) Citric Acids): Exfoliates surface dead skin cells and revs up surface turnover to smooth and brighten the appearance of skin.
– Gram/Chick Pea Flour: Balances and brightens skin’s appearance while combating dullness.
– Pumpkin Ferment Extract: A rich source of fatty acids and antioxidant components, carotene, lutein, and carotenoids; contains naturally occurring enzymes that aid in gentle exfoliation.

5 Best Face Serums and How to Use Them featured by top US beauty blog, Outfits & Outings

How to Get the Most Out of your Face Serums:

As I mentioned earlier, serums aren’t cheap. So how do we get the most out of them and make sure our skin is really benefiting from them?

  1. Use a facial roller. Using a jade or rose quartz crystal roller boosts blood circulation, reduce swelling, and helps your skincare products penetrate deeper. You can even stick it in the fridge or freezer to de-puff. For a long time I thought these were just another random thing for companies to sell to people, but I really notice a difference when I use my jade roller with my serums. To be honest you don’t need a fancy one. The only downside to a cheap one is sometimes they’re a little noisy/squeaky when it rolls compared to a nicer one that glides a little bit better.
  2. Use a carrier oil. Certain serums feel like they just don’t spread very well over my face. This is one of the reasons I love using Drunk Elephant Luxury Oil because it acts as a carrier oil and helps me spread the other serums better if that makes sense.
  3. Cleanse and Exfoliate well. Don’t just wipe your makeup off with a makeup wipe, even though I know it’s tempting! Cleansing and then using a good scrub will help those serums really sink in.
  4. Dermaplaning! Oh my goodness if you have never tried this, you have to! Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that will remove peach fuzz and dead skin. It is the best feeling ever. I have had it done professionally, and I also use these razors for a little little DIY dermaplaning action. Obviously, the less peach fuzz and dead skin, the easier it is for your serums to do their job.

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