Sometimes an effective skincare regimen requires a few extra steps. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we offer a variety of serums and physician-grade products to help personalize your at-home skincare regimen.

What are Serums?

Serums are thin, viscous topical products that contain active ingredients in high concentrations. Serums are designed to penetrate the skin’s surface better than a moisturizer that contains active ingredients. Because serums are more concentrated, you’ll see results faster. Serums are not an essential part of a skincare regimen, but they’re the most effective way to treat specific skin concerns at home.

Anti-Aging Serums

Anti-aging serums generally contain forms of retinol in lower concentrations than you might find in prescription retinoids. They may also contain ingredients designed to boost collagen production and dampen irritation sometimes caused by retinols.

Skin-Brightening Serums

Skin-brightening serums typically contain ingredients like vitamin C or glycolic acid. These antioxidants and exfoliants can get rid of pigmentation and dead, dull skin cells for a brighter look.

Hydrating Serums

Hydrating serums usually contain hyaluronic acid, an ingredient naturally found in your skin that binds to water and retains moisture. For especially dry skin, hyaluronic acid can be a vital step in preserving hydration.

Acne Serums

For people who have acne-prone skin, a light exfoliant like niacinamide or salicylic acid can help keep the pores clear and control oil production.

What Are the Benefits of Serums?

Serums are an effective way to fight skin concerns or maintain the results of your professional skincare treatment. They also require very little hassle and can be used with your nightly skincare routine. With regular use, serums can actively transform your skin for a healthier, younger look.

How Should I Use Serums?

Serums should be applied after you wash your face and neck. Serums should be able to actively penetrate the skin without other products in the way (unless your serum is too potent, in which case you can apply it over top of other products as a buffer). How often you use your serums will depend on your unique skincare regimen – some serums can be used twice per day while others should be used every other day. Some serums will make your skin sensitive to sun damage and should only be applied at night while some should be applied in the morning to protect your skin from environmental damage. It’s always best to consult a board-certified dermatologist if you have questions about your daily skincare regimen.


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Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.