Serum and Moisturizer difference and benefits
There are a lot of products out in the market today that promise to have our skin hydrated, smoother and even prevents other skin problems such that of wrinkles, pigmentation, fine lines, acne, and skin damage from the inevitable change of weather. One of the most sought-after treatment and remedy regimen for these kinds of problem are serum and moisturizers. But what is the difference between the two and what can we benefit from both?
What is Serum?
A serum can be in the form of cream or oil. The concentration of serum is meant to penetrate deeper into the skin and effectively absorbs into the skin easier and faster after application. Serums also contain active ingredients that make it more expensive than moisturizers. Serums also contain fewer fillers, thickeners and lubricating agents. However, a small amount can do wonders and a small bottle can get you a long way as it is concentrated and comes in a light formulation that enables all the essential stuff, vitamins and antioxidants, efficiently locked into your skin.
Although serums are compatible with different skin types, there’s a lot of benefit to serums: from smoothing fine lines to reducing age spots, that you can’t reproduce in any other formulation. It is recommended for oily type of skin and is perfect for those who prefer a weightless feel to their skincare products. Serums have a non-greasy finish and they don’t leave behind a sticky residue, unlike most moisturizers.
What is Moisturizer?
The moisturizer comes in a lotion or cream. a moisturizer acts to prevent the evaporation of moisture and provides a physical barrier to protect the skin from environmental irritants and makeup particles. It only hydrates the outer layer of skin, unlike serums that penetrate the lower layer of skin. A moisturizer has larger molecules than a serum.
This means that a moisturizer won’t penetrate the skin as deeply, or as quickly, as a serum will. It is typically applied after using a serum and its thickness may vary from light to thick or creamy and heavy. Moisturizers also contain antioxidants to repair your skin and formulated ingredients to protect your skin from harmful, damaging sun rays.
If you have a problem with your skin that you’d like to improve, such as dark spots or early signs of skin aging, adding a serum to your daily skincare routine can help improve the appearance of your skin. And if your skin is super oily, a serum can give you enough hydration that you won’t even need a moisturizer. However, for those suffering from dry skin, the right serum and moisturizer combo can make all the difference.