What’s the Difference Between Serum & Moisturizer?
The difference between a serum and a moisturizer is much like the difference between flying an airplane and sailing on a cruise. Both get you to your destination, but they do them in different ways.
Serums and moisturizers reach different layers of the skin. Moisturizers are primarily designed to hydrate the skin by adding to and sealing in the natural moisture of the body. Their main role is to get hydration to the skin and keep it there.
Serums, on the other hand, are formulated to penetrate deeply into the skin and address a skincare concern, i.e. aging skin, sun damage, pigmentation, etc. Serums generally contain more antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and active botanicals to repair the structure of skin cells.
How does a serum work?
Serums are lightweight, intensive skin care products formulated to penetrate deeply, allowing their active ingredients to combat free radical damage, skin pigmentation, ageing, acne and scarring by delivering nutrients and vitamins right into the skin cells. Serums providing antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C can have dramatic and swift effects on the radiance of skin by brightening, exfoliating and hydrating the skin.
Serums are designed to repair the skin at a cellular level and act on a wide range of skin health factors at the same time. If you have problem, aged, damaged, scarred or sun damaged skin, a serum is your best choice to reduce the visible impacts on your skin. Serums act to improve skin firmness, smoothness and luminosity while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
How does a moisturizer work?
A moisturizer is a lotion or cream which contains skin hydrating emollients and forms a physical barrier to help skin stay hydrated. Moisturizers have larger molecules than serums, so they don’t penetrate into the epidermis or surface layer of the skin. Their main benefit is that they seal the skin, locking in moisture and nutrients.
Does your skin need a serum or a moisturizer?
Simply put, your skin needs both– while an antioxidant serum works to repair skin cells and combat free radicals, a moisturizer acts to prevent the evaporation of moisture and provides a physical barrier to protect the skin from environmental irritants and makeup particles.
Ideally, you should use a serum that addresses your specific skin issues while moisturizing the skin. Serums can be to address specific skin issues more effectively than a moisturizer alone, and will also boost the hydrating effects of your moisturizer. The combination of the two can deliver vital skin nutrition while providing amazing hydration. We definitely recommend our Moisturizing Rejuvenation Serum for that reason. Whatever skincare option you decide, confirm that it has top performance in both areas.