The A, B, & C's of Serums

The world of skincare continues to grow more complex, with new trending products and ingredients launching almost on a weekly basis. There are so many to choose from that finding your perfect skincare routine can often feel overwhelming. How many serums do you really need, which active ingredients are right for you, and which ones can be used together? Let’s explore this. 

The best way to build an effective skincare routine is to start with the foundations and work your way up based on an understanding of key active ingredients. While there are dozens of beauty trends that come and go, there are a number of active ingredients which have been used in dermatology for decades and stand the test of time. These are your vitamins A, B, and C, and each one is a skin health powerhouse in its own right. Understanding the benefits of each of these will allow you to design your ideal skin routine at home based on your unique skin needs. 

Vitamin A

There are many forms of vitamin A, including tretinoin, retinaldehyde, and retinol esters, with retinol being the most popular form used in skincare formulations. Vitamin A is suited to both oily and dry skin and has been found to be effective against the visible signs of ageing, plumping and brightening the skin’s appearance and smoothing its texture. 

However, vitamin A can be a volatile and reactive ingredient, which is why expert formulation is crucial. For the best possible efficacy and reduced chance of sensitivity, advanced vitamin A products will incorporate encapsulation systems, which allows for a better delivery method. 

Aspect’s Retinol Brulee contains two encapsulated forms of vitamin A, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate, to gently but effectively address a wide number of skin concerns.  

We’ve paired these with a plethora of plant-derived antioxidants plus vitamin E to help protect skin from free radical damage, support barrier function, and further reduce sensitivity. Those prone to sensitivity may choose to avoid using vitamin A products alongside those containing glycolic or salicylic, which in combination, may prove too much for delicate complexions.

Vitamin B

Brightening, balancing, and barrier-boosting, vitamin B acts like a Berocca for the skin, optimising its repair functions and providing an overall health kick. 

There are several forms of vitamin B often used in skincare, including vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and B5 (panthenol). 

Aspect’s Extreme B17 combines both of these alongside Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) plus fatty acids and glycerin to further assist with hydration and moisture and fortify barrier function. 

Vitamin C

Another active ingredient that comes in many forms, vitamin C, can also be quite reactive and unstable, prone to oxidisation. Once again, this is why expert product formulation is essential when it comes to vitamin C skincare. 

When this is achieved, vitamin C can be one of the most potent and multifunctional ingredients. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radical damage that may lead to visible signs of ageing.  

Alongside the always brightening and protective Aspect Extreme C 20, an often-overlooked Vitamin C multitasker is Aspect’s Jungle Brew. A favourite for many of our Aspect skin clinics, Jungle Brew contains a clinically verified strength of Vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.  Mixed with Canadian Willowherb, Copaiba Balsam, and Acai Berry extracts, Jungle Brew simultaneously assists in soothing and brightening the skin, making it suitable for those with concerns of oily or acne-prone skin, especially those prone to post-breakout pigmentation and scarring.  

Which Serum Is Right For My Skin Type?

Choosing the right skincare products is no longer about selecting based on skin type. It’s about choosing products that contain ingredients that will help address your needs. This method will provide the best possible chance of correcting your concerns and achieving the results you’re hoping for. Some ingredients may not be suitable for everyone. However, there is another type of serum that is suitable for all skin types and can be used to boost the actions of those above - and that is antioxidants. Our most popular is Aspect’s Super PD Complex, which combines some of the most potent plant-derived enzymes, Plankton Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract and Micrococcus Lysate for powerful antioxidant protection. Best of all - any and all skin types, conditions, and ages can benefit from these. And, of course, the final step in skincare, but perhaps the most critical - daily use of SPF. All Aspect products are formulated and developed by using the latest cutting-edge science, technology and ingredients with your skin in mind. 

Still confused about your skincare? All of our Aspect stockist clinics are deeply passionate about skin health and would love to support you on your skin journey. Click here to locate your nearest clinic and take one step closer to happier, healthier, more youthful glowing skin!