Serums: you know them, you love them. Any beauty lover knows there’s a serum for everything your skin desires, whether you want to rid your face of acne and hyperpigmentation or impart it with hydration and glow (or all of the above!). However, you may not know that there are many uses for your beloved serums outside of simply patting them into your face morning and night. As it turns out, many of our beauty staples can actually be the solve behind common skin issues, beyond our faces. Curious? So were we. We spoke with Dr. Nancy Samolitis (aka Dr. Sam), co-founder of Facile Dermatology + Boutique and the expert behind Facile’s new line of Super Skin serums, to learn about the unexpected (but effective!) uses for Facile formulas.
Brighten: The Scar Fader
When it comes to diminishing hyperpigmentation and melasma, Brighten Targeted Pigment Serum brings out the big guns in the form of tranexamic acid, azelaic acid, and niacinamide. However, these potent brightening agents also work magic on scars. “Brighten can reduce excess redness and hyperpigmentation, which is great for the treatment of both red and brown acne scars or other discolored scars from surgery, trauma, or inflammation on the face or body” explains Dr. Sam. Apply to scars twice daily and watch them fade away.
Clear: The Bump Buster
Full of acne-fighting superstars like glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids, Clear Targeted Acne Serum works wonders for healing and preventing breakouts while reducing inflammation and maintaining hydration. However, this powerful formula doesn’t just fight congestion on the face. Ever heard of keratosis pilaris, aka KP? That’s the clinical term for small, acne-like bumps that form on the backsides of upper arms, the result of an overproduction of keratin. While it’s fairly common, it’s nevertheless annoying. But there’s a fix. “The blend of exfoliants in Clear can help to dissolve the plugs of dead skin that are characteristic of KP and keep the arms smooth,” says Dr. Sam. Apply to affected areas twice daily and follow with a soothing moisturizer and you’ll have smooth arms in no time.
Destress: The Scalp Savior
Let’s be real: whose skin couldn’t benefit from a little stress reduction at the end of the day? Destress Targeted Calming Serum is perfect for adapting to stressors in the environment and from active skincare products, reducing inflammation, and restoring the skin barrier, especially for those with extremely sensitive skin with eczema, or rosacea. Another area that could use a little extra TLC? Your scalp, especially if you’re dealing with itching and/or flaking. Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common form of eczema that affects both the face and the scalp,” says Dr. Sam, “One of the ingredients in Destress, phytosphingosine, has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects as well as being a barrier-building lipid molecule, which works to soothe and heal skin irritation on the scalp.” Apply a generous amount to any itchy areas on the scalp and let sit on the scalp before shampooing and conditioning (pro tip: try applying before bed so it can soak in all night long).
Reverse: The Damage Defier
Retinol, the star ingredient in Reverse Targeted Anti-Aging Serum, is clinically proven to stimulate collagen production, repair and prevent cellular damage, and encourage cell turnover. All in all, it’s a recipe for renewed skin. However, there are some oft-neglected areas of the body that might benefit from a little renewal too. “Reverse can be used to treat signs of sun damage on the neck, chest, and hands,” explains Dr. Sam. “These areas are often neglected with daily skin care, yet show signs of sun damage like wrinkles and brown spots at an early age.” So if you’re not interested in a youthful face but revealingly aging hands, neck, or chest, apply a light layer on affected areas before bedtime. And remember to always wear SPF during the day!