When it comes to taking care of dry skin, it can be dizzying for some to even set up a regular skincare routine due to the sheer number of products available addressing different skin concerns. The permutations and combinations can get complicated for everyone, which is why, if you do not know about certain products and what they do, we totally get you.

One such product that elicits maximum confusion among most people is face serum. Most women we know are confused between a face serum and a moisturiser and do not know if they should opt for the former or the latter. If you’re one of those women, scroll down. We’ve got a detailed guide for you!


What is a Face Serum

What is a Face Serum?

In your basic daily skincare routine for your dry skin, if you think that a moisturiser, a cleanser and sunscreen is all you need, then you are wrong. You are missing out on face serums, which are as important as the main course in your meal. Dense and rich in nutrients that nourish the skin amply, face serums are described as lightweight moisturisers that have a higher concentration of active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and vitamin C as compared to conventional moisturisers. Available as clear, gel-based or oil-based formulations, face serums are helpful for managing specific skin concerns and vary in their functionality.

If you have dry skin, serums are great for hydrating your skin efficiently without leaving a thick layer on it. The added benefit is that a serum is thinner than a moisturiser, making it perfect for layering other skin products. Serums address a variety of skin concerns, from skin brightening to anti-ageing, so including them in your skin routine will go a long way.


Why Do You Need A Face Serum For Your Dry Skin

Why Do You Need A Face Serum For Your Dry Skin?

Now you might be wondering if a face serum is just a lightweight moisturiser, what’s the need to use both products? Well, face serums offer a whole lot of benefits to dry skin to keep it healthy and maintain its plump and healthy appearance.

Here are a few ways in which face serums are helpful:

1. Minimise the appearance of dark spots

Minimise the appearance of dark spots

The skin is the most exposed part of the body, and exposure to sunlight and other environmental factors can make it dull and leave discolourations and dark spots on it. When you have dry skin, this discolouration often looks more pronounced, making it look even worse.

While most people use a concealer to hide those spots and blemishes, using a face serum is a healthier way to get rid of them. Including face serums in your skincare routine can rejuvenate your skin and visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots since they contain ingredients such as glycolic acid. For quicker riddance of dark spots, it is best to apply the serum at night after cleansing, before bed.

2. Reduce wrinkles and fine lines

Reduce wrinkles and fine lines

If you have started including anti-ageing products in your skincare routine to delay signs of ageing, then you must also include a face serum in your kit. Since face serums have a stronger concentration of nutrients, they play a vital role in anti-ageing skincare. Go for a face serum that contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C that replenish the skin and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in a few weeks.

You can apply the serum after your AM and PM cleansing and then follow it up with an anti-ageing moisturiser.

3. Brighten dull skin

Brighten dull skin

Whether it is the stress of work or a change in diet, nobody likes having dull skin that lacks radiance. Dull skin looks significantly worse when your skin type is dry. Age is also another factor due to which your skin gradually starts losing its natural radiance and starts looking dull.

Whatever be your case, face serums can help you brighten dull skin and improve your appearance. Go for serums specially formulated for stimulating cell renewal; they can give you more younger-looking skin.

4. Boost the volume of your skin

Boost the volume of your skin

As you grow older, your skin starts losing its natural volume and moisture, especially in your cheekbones and under your eyes. In this case, a face serum containing hyaluronic acid can replenish volume and moisture in these areas.

This can make your face appear plump and voluminous, apart from giving it a youthful radiance.


What Is The Difference Between Face Serum and Moisturiser

What Is The Difference Between A Face Serum and Moisturiser?

Most people layer serums below moisturisers, but many others are confused about the difference between these two products. Also, many wonder whether both of these products need to be used together or not. So here are some differences between the two:

1. Consistency

The critical difference between a face serum and a moisturiser is consistency. We have found that usually, moisturisers have a thicker consistency that is slightly creamier, while on the other hand, serums are thinner and lighter.

2. Effect on the skin

When it comes to how these two products affect your skin, they are vastly different. A serum, rich in active ingredients, penetrates the skin deeply, whereas a moisturiser fortifies the surface of the skin.

Answering your question about whether there is a need to use both these products together, we’d say that it depends on your skin type and skin condition. If you have dry skin, then using a face serum for dry skin might be enough.

However, if you feel it would benefit from both a serum and a moisturiser, then go right ahead and try if it works for you.

If you’re using both the products, make sure you layer them in the correct order. The general rule in layering skincare products is that you begin with applying the thinnest products first and then move on to the thicker ones. So by that logic, a face serum must be applied first, and then you may layer it with a moisturiser.

To effectively layer your serum and moisturiser, first pat the serum into your face and neck area. Then, wait for a minute for your serum to settle in before applying your moisturiser on top.


How To Choose a Face Serum For Dry Skin

How To Choose a Face Serum For Dry Skin?

When you need to pick a face serum for dry skin, you need to pay extra attention to the ingredients. The reason behind this is that dry skin requires much more hydration than normal skin, so choosing a product that has super hydrating ingredients will work positively on your skin. Here are some ingredients you definitely must look for when picking a face serum for yourself:

1. Hyaluronic acid:

One of the best hydrating ingredients out there, this moisture-binding ingredient is arguably the best player in the hydration game. Hyaluronic acid is a boon for your dry skin, thanks to its amazing ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It keeps the outer layers of the skin moist while giving it a dewy and plump look.

2. Panthenol:

Mostly found in hair care products, panthenol has various skin benefits, including hydration. Being a humectant, panthenol delivers moisture to the skin and at the same time, seals its protective barrier, thus preventing moisture loss.

3. Glycerin:

One of the most common ingredients found in products for dry skin, glycerin works similarly to hyaluronic acid and absorbs moisture. Research has found that it also protects the skin from severe dryness.


Face Serums for Dry Skin

Face Serums for Dry Skin

If you have decided to go ahead and try out face serums for dry skin, then here are the ones we recommend you to check out. Pick what works best for you!

1. Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum

Infused with the goodness of argan oil, this lightweight serum with the nourishment of oil that is meant to be left on your skin overnight, is a fantastic face serum for dry skin. Packaged in a sleek bottle that gives you luxurious feels, this cost-effective serum is lightweight with a mild fragrance.

When applied to dry skin, it takes away the harsh dryness within a few minutes of application. Regular usage of Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum also gives your skin a golden glow.

2. Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Face Serum

Another face serum for dry skin worth checking out is the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Face Serum. This gorgeous-looking serum works excellently for dry skin, hydrating it very well, without being too oily on the skin. It’s easy to absorb and a few drops of it are enough for hydrating your skin.

You can use this as an overnight serum, and after regular usage, you’ll be waking up to glowing and soft skin every day! Isn’t this a dream? Having your dry skin shine is an achievement, and this face serum definitely manages it.

Regardless of the product, you decide to choose, remember the first criteria it needs to fulfil is suiting your skin type. Once it works for your skin type, you can experiment with various options to pick what works best for you and what suits your pocket!