Serious Serum is a single product sold in select United States spas and salons, reminiscent of how StriVectin started. The company behind this product is Portland, Oregon-based Urban Waxx, LLC, and, as the name suggests, the serum is designed for use post-waxing to minimize redness, bumps, and ingrown hairs.
The water-based, fragrance-free liquidy serum contains a blend of 6% lactic acid, 3% glycolic acid, and 1% salicylic acid formulated at a pH that allows this combination of AHAs and BHA ingredients to function as exfoliants. As a skin-beneficial bonus, the formula contains antioxidant green tea and some good skin-identical ingredients to help reduce inflammation and preserve barrier integrity during the exfoliation process. When all is said and done, this ends up being just an overly expensive chemical exfoliant with a few interesting twists, but it does work as claimed.
Combining AHAs and BHA in one product isn’t necessary for effective exfoliation, but each has its unique traits that aren’t bad to consider in combination. For example, the glycolic and lactic acids have water-binding properties that are helpful for all skin types, while the salicylic acid has potent anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial actions that are great for acne-prone or easily reddened skin. Although this exfoliant is on the pricey side, it definitely works and does so without feeling heavy, oily, or slick.
This is a potential option for treating the skin condition known as keratosis pilaris, but if you have this concern over large areas of skin (such as upper arms or thighs), you’ll get the same results for less money per ounce with Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Treatment with 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid or Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (each costs $22.95 for 7 ounces). If you’re interested in Serious Serum, you can purchase the product directly on the company Web site (www.seriousserum.com) or check the site to see if this exfoliant is sold in a salon or spa in your area.
The best AHA Ingrown Hair Eliminator and Skin Exfoliant you’ll ever use. Seriously. Serious Serum is the perfect blend of 6% lactic acid, 3% glycolic acid, and 1% salicylic acid, which will leave your skin silky smooth and fabulous anywhere you apply it. Serious Serum was developed for post waxing use, to alleviate ingrown hairs, blast breakouts, and minimize redness. However, we happily discovered that the combination of facial grade AHAs and green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile work perfectly to smooth bumpy, rough skin everywhere!
Active: Lactic Acid (6%), Glycolic Acid (3%), Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Vera, NAPCA, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Extract, Polysaccharides, Sea Kelp Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
For more information about Serious Serum, visit www.seriousserum.com.