Skincare today has come a long way! With lots of new products coming into the market, skincare today is getting more advanced and more effective. But with new products also comes more confusion. Serums and moisturisers are both great to rejuvenate your skin, especially if it's dry. So, is there any difference or should you use one over the other? Read on to know our take on this ultimate head-scratcher.
Like your body needs water, your skin needs ample hydration to look radiant and healthy. Skin that is well hydrated defies ageing and repairs itself faster. Serums have a light water-based formula which adds hydration and are concentrated with nutrients for the skin. The thick creamy consistency of a moisturiser seals in the moisture and offers deep hydration.
Ladies, all serums are not created equal! Different types of serums are meant for different uses. While some serums target skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles and ageing, others target dullness and dark spots. You can choose a serum specific to your skin concern. Although some moisturisers do offer added anti-ageing benefits, they mainly prevent water loss from the skin. So for targeting skin concerns, serums are the better choice.
How ingredients work
Serums are infused with water, active ingredients, vitamins, antioxidants, oils, and other skin nourishing ingredients. They have smaller molecules hence they penetrate deep into your skin and work at the cellular level. Moisturisers, on the other hand, are formulated with water and oils. They have larger molecules and hence don’t penetrate into the epidermis or surface layer of the skin.
Although, serums cannot replace your moisturiser but can boost the hydrating effects of your moisturiser. If you have specific skin concerns, like ageing or dark spots, using a serum twice a day will address them in a more effective manner over a moisturiser.
To make the best of both worlds we recommend applying your serum before applying your moisturiser. Applying your moisturiser over your serum will help lock and seal in the active ingredients delivered by your serum. So effectively you will be cleansing, toning, adding the serum and lastly moisturising.