Since I’m a huge fan of zinc as a skincare ingredient. I could not resist trying the spray called Serozinc from La Roche Posay.
The company claims the spray to minimize and cleanse the pores, and to mattify the skin. And that it’s perfectly suited for sensitive skin as well as oily and/or acne-prone skin.
Now, I don’t have oily skin. And I do not want to have my skin matt either. I like it a bit shiny. But since I have heard so much great about this product, and I truly love zinc, I had to give it a try. And here I am now, using it almost every day.
This blog post will explain why I use it, how I use it. And what you can expect from using the spray on your face.
- What is Serozinc
- How to use Serozinc spray
- Why and how I personally use Serozinc
- The company La Roche Posay
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What is Serozinc?
Serozinc is a spray, or mist, whatever you prefer to call it, that you use on your face (or any other part of your body).
It contains only three ingredients. Water, zinc sulfate, and sodium chloride. And the ingredient that is highlighted is the zinc.
This spray is said to decrease the size of your pores, have a cleansing effect, and make oily skin more matt. Therefore, created for oily skin types in particular (if you are experiencing cystic acne I recommend you read this post since those will need special treatment)
The spray is also said to calm irritated skin and is suitable for sensitive skin types too.
How to use Serozinc spray
The company advises that you use this spray as a toner. After using a cleanser and before using a moisturizer.
Now for me, that doesn’t quite work well. First of all, I am conscious about using a toner that has a pH slightly acid (and Serozinc hasn’t). And if I use this spray alone it also makes my skin feel a bit dry.
For those reasons, I suggest you either use it before your toner or after, while your skin is still damp.
Personally, I already use a fantastic toner that has zinc in it (see this post to see which one). So I usually don’t use Serozinc on top of that.
I do find Serozinc perfect for other occasions though. And I’ll tell you more about how I personally use it in the next section.
Why and how I personally use Serozinc
The simple answer to why I use Serozinc is because I love zinc! It’s one of my favorite skincare ingredients. And since this spray highlight zinc sulfate, as its active ingredient, it was a no brainer for me.
So why do I love zinc so much? Well, I have written a detailed post about the toner I use from Filorga and included a lot of information about zinc. So to learn in-depth about it I recommend you check it out.
But in short. Zinc happens to have strong antioxidant abilities and helps prevent UV damage. It is also anti-inflammatory and has in low amounts been shown effective on psoriasis, eczemas, ulcers. An even melasma.
This mineral can be used in different forms in skincare. And zinc sulfate in particular has been shown to be effective for mild to moderate acne. Both when used orally and topically.
Zinc sulfate has also been shown to aid in wound healing.
It’s a great ingredient when used in low amounts. But can be irritating if used too concentrated. I’ve seen there is some misleading information out there where reviewers don’t know the facts about how skincare ingredients work. Or how to interpret studies. So just wanted to mention this.
How I personally use La Roche Posay Serozinc Mist
As explained above, I usually don’t use Serozinc while doing my cleansing routine. Instead, I use it during the day.
For example when I feel sweaty, after doing a workout. I found it not just refreshing. But since both sodium chloride and zinc are anti-microbial they can help to prevent breakouts which can easily arise if you get sweaty underneath make-up and sunscreens.
As I mentioned earlier I like the shiny look. And I do think this spray is making my skin matt. Which I don’t really like. So I just spray it on the lower part of my face. Like my jawline, around my mouth, and chin. Since those are the only areas where I occasionally get impurities.
I also use this spray if I’m outside a lot. Just as a tiny bit of extra sun protection from the zinc sulfate. It can never replace a true sunscreen in any way (this post explains all about sunscreens for anti aging). But it can add a little bonus protection. And also help to calm your skin if you get irritated easily by UV-rays.
Another area where I use Serozinc is under my armpits if I feel irritated after shaving. It helps calm the skin immediately.
Finally, I use Serozinc to spray on my face while I’m doing my microcurrent treatments. If you’ve missed my post about microcurrent, I suggest you read it since it’s in my opinion the best anti aging facial out there. And suitable for every skin type.
The microcurrent devices require special conductive gels in order to work properly. And those gels happen to get dry after a while and need to be reapplied.
But by spraying Serozinc on whenever the gels start to get dry, I don’t have to reapply the gel as often. Which saves me money and messy hands.
The microcurrent will also make the zinc sulfate penetrate my skin deeper. Which makes it even better at doing its job!
Tip: See my post about thermal spring waters to see which other sprays I use and love.
The company La Roche Posay
If you’ve never heard of La Roche Posay, it’s a skincare company based in France. With a high reputation among dermatologists. All products are dermatologically tested and are said to be well-tolerated by sensitive skin types.
The key ingredient in their products is the selenium-rich spring water that originated from the town of La Roche Posay. The natural content of selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant, is said to make this thermal water healing, soothing, and protecting for the skin.
At first, I was unsure whether Serozinc had thermal water in it or not. Because they do not specify it in the ingredient list or on their website. But I have now been confirmed by La Roche Posay that Serozinc does contain their thermal water. So you do get the benefits of selenium as well.
I found La Roche Posay Serozinc spray to be a nice and inexpensive product with many uses. Here is a summary of my review:
- Serozinc is created mostly for oily and acne-prone skin. And well-suited for sensitive skin types. I would say most skin types can benefit from using it.
- Serozinc contains zinc sulfate in low amounts. Which can help reduce breakouts, aid in wound healing, and decrease inflammation. I wouldn’t call this spray a miracle product. I would rather see it as an extra bonus to use on top or under your other skincare products.
- It gives your skin a matt finish so if you like that then this is the spray for you. It can also work great as a setting spray. Personally, I prefer the shiny look so I don’t use it for those reasons.
- I use it after my workout, or just after a day in the sun. It gives extra protection against free radicals. And if you’re sweaty underneath make-up and sunscreen, it can also help prevent breakouts.
- I use it mostly on my lower part of the face. Since those are the areas where I can get acne.
- I use it to get more out of the microcurrent gels that I use in my home treatments (if you want to learn about the microcurrent treatments I do, read this post). By spraying with Serozinc, the gels don’t dry out as fast and instead maintain consistency and glide. This saves me money as I do not have to reapply the gels as often.
That’s it! A pretty short review, since it’s a very simple product with extremely few ingredients. I hope you found it useful 🙂
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions regarding Serozinc. Or if you have tried it yourself already and want to share your experience. Would love to hear!
Until next time, love your skin!