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What is a serum, and do I really need one?

What is a serum, and do I really need one?

Serums. So, you’ve heard of them, you’ve seen them, and your best friend has one but if you’re being completely honest, you’re not entirely sure on them. I mean, you understand that cleansers cleanse, moisturisers moisturise, toners tone…but what exactly are serums? What do they do? And more importantly, do you really need one?


Skincare should never stress you out (that would pretty much defeat it’s benefits) so we’ve pulled together the facts for you to clear up any confusion. Treat the below like a serum bible and pass on the knowledge, it’s about time everyone knew what these miracle workers can do.

What is a serum?

You need to think of serums as the MVP’s of the skincare world. They have a gel-like consistency and contain a high concentration of performance ingredients – and in our case, our core ingredient Silver Chitosan aka ‘Formula 47’. You apply them directly after cleansing with the purpose of delivering a supercharged shot of incredible ingredients right into your skin.

What do they do and how do they do it?

Serums have a lipid-soluble base which allows the active ingredients to penetrate into the epidermis instead of lying on the surface. What this means (in regular English) is that because they are lighter and thinner than moisturisers, they can quickly soak right into the skin and work on a deeper level.
This makes them great for targeting specific concerns such as clearing blemishes, fading brown spots and scars, firming the skin and encouraging a youthful complexion – the list goes on and on. If it’s results that you’re after, then you don’t want to miss out this step in your skincare routine. Goodbye, acne. See you later, signs of aging.

When should I start using a serum and how often?

With serums, it’s not really about the age you are but more about the condition of your skin. If you have a particular issue that you want sorted or you want to maintain a high level of skin health, then a serum is 100% for you. We recommend using our serums twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This allows for the best results, leaving skin rejuvenated, firm and hydrated.

Do I have to use a serum AND a moisturiser? 

Of course you can use both a serum and a moisturiser – the world is your oyster. There are no set rules with skincare regimes, and you’ve got to find one that suits your skin. Our serums have a much more powerful and potent ingredient list than most moisturisers however, which often provides levels of hydration that means our customers don’t feel the need to use a moisturiser alongside one. Sometimes too many chefs spoil the broth, right? 

So, do I really need one and which 47skin serum is the right one for me?

A skincare routine void of serums is a huge missed opportunity for skin improvement. If you want to really see a difference in your complexion, then yes – you really do need one. Take a quick look below to see which from our range is best for you and why not give it a try? The results will speak for themselves.

  • For spots, scars and uneven skin tone – Anti-Blemish and Scar Repair serum
  • Designed especially for people with problematic skin and scarring, this one is for you. Thanks to an intense hit from our patented ‘Formula 47’, you’ll see a reduction in inflammation and the appearance of scars from the moment this touches your skin.
  • For lines and wrinkles – Age Defence and Line Repair serum
    This serum restores firmness and reduces the signs of aging thanks to its regenerative properties. Our patented ‘Formula 47’ boosts cell turnover and creates a protective barrier that helps skin age beautifully.
  • For guys – For Him serum
    For Him is a light, breathable and hydrating serum which makes it perfect for male skin. Use this daily to shield the skin from harmful bacteria and promote the healing of small scars.
    • For toning and tightening – Regenerative serum
      Devised in a way that focuses primarily on cell regeneration, this serum will not only improve your skin tone but will give you a brighter more even texture. Of course, this serum contains our miracle ‘Formula 47’ to provide a daily defence and hydration for your skin.

    Words by Lauren Wallace


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