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Serum or Moisturizer? Which Skin Care is More Effective?

Serum and moisturizer are both used as skincare regimens for most women. Unlike moisturizer, a serum is less concentrated, and it consists of active anti-aging ingredients that easily penetrate the skin.

Moisturizer, on the other hand, is thick and holds a little longer on the skin to prevent the skin from drying. It is common to find that both serum and moisturizers are used together, depending on your skin type. If wondering whether to choose one over the other or use both, below is an eye-opener.

Face Serums Penetrate Deeper into the Skin

Face serums are light moisturizers recommended for their ability to go deeper into the skin. The small molecules in serums help the active ingredients in the serum penetrate the skin quickly and more effectively. Serum contains various active ingredients such as antioxidants, hydrators, and anti-inflammatories, which play multiple roles when used in the skin.

Antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage, thus preventing the formation of wrinkles. Hydrators, on the other hand, strengthen the skin’s barrier and build robust cell membranes improving moisture retention. Anti-inflammatories prevent cell damage by neutralizing skin redness.

Therefore, serums are actively made of many ingredients, which make them excellent for skincare routines for highly nourished skin. There are many different types of serums in the market that have various effects, depending on your skin needs. To get the best results out of the serum, you should scout for the one that best meets your skin needs which can be skin hydration or, better still, having a brighter skin.

How to Use Serums

Serums absorb quickly, and for this reason, use them during the morning and night. You should, however, apply it on a thoroughly cleansed face. If you have sensitive skin, wait for about ten minutes before applying the serum to avoid irritation.

You should also know when to use your serum. Use it before applying your moisturizer to give time for the ingredients to go under the skin. It is essential to understand that serums can never replace moisturizers. Your skin still needs moisturizer to lock in moisture, especially if you have mature skin.

Serums, like any other skincare products, vary depending on your skin tone. There are various face serums, all designed for every skin type. For instance, if yours is dry skin, look for a serum with vitamin E, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. For acne-prone skin, look for a serum with vitamin c, retinol, zinc, and salicylic acid.

Also, remember not to a face serum if you have skin conditions like eczema because the active ingredients can aggravate the problem. There is also a temptation to apply more because of the light consistency of the serum. Use as little as you can to save costs; serums tend to be more expensive due to the potent ingredients they contain.


The sole purpose of moisturizer is to hydrate the upper layer of the skin. If you have normal or oily skin, sometimes you might convince yourself that you do not need moisture. The underlying danger with this notion is that, after some time, your oil glands are likely to work more by overproducing oil. Oil overproduction leads to clogged pores, hence the need for moisturizer.

Moisturizers are made of thick molecules that act as a barrier preventing loss of moisture from the skin. Apart from hydration, moisturizers also protect the skin from pollution, stress, and sometimes external pollutants keeping your skin young and smooth.

How to Use a Moisturizer

You must use your moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and before bedtime on a clean face. However, you should look out for times when your skin feels dry and tight and moisturize as required.

Also, look for moisturizers that best match your skin tone. Oil-based moisturizers are effective for dry, dehydrated skin. Oil-based moisturizers are also an excellent choice for cold climates and humid places. If you have oily skin, choose water-based moisturizers and those infused with acne power ingredients like salicylic. Use water-based moisturizers during summer and when generally in warm places.

Which is More Effective: Serum, or Moisturizer?

Although serum and moisturizer can sometimes mimic or complement each other, a serum does something extra. Serums can hydrate the skin but have different additional benefits to the skin. For instance, serums can treat wrinkles, scarring, and hyperpigmentation, thanks to the potent ingredients they contain.

Moisturizers might also have beneficial ingredients, but they are not as effective for correcting underlying skin issues.

Besides, serums have a light consistency and are designed so for easier penetration into the deeper layers of the skin. As such, serums address problems that come from deep into the skin, which in turn enhances the outer glow. On the other hand, moisturizers are of a thick consistency and only hydrate the epidermis.

Generally, if you have a free complexion, you might not need skin serum. However, you can’t do without moisturizer.  On the other hand, if you persistently get breakouts, dark spots and blackheads, you have no choice but to address the problem from the root, which is seated deep in your skin. Serum will best do this job for you. With serum, you can achieve faster and better results for a youthful, glowing complexion.

To be Sincere, Your Skin Needs Both Serum and Moisturizer

Your brain might entice you to think that serum is better than a moisturizer because it gets deep into the skin, and it has skin-repairing ingredients. However, your skin needs both. Serum can work to repair the skin cells, but at the same time, you need the moisturizer to protect your skin from environmental irritants.

Use a serum to address particular skin problems while moisturizing your skin. Using serum before will give a boost to the hydrating effects of a moisturizer. Combining the two skincare comes with vital benefits, especially having highly nourished and amazingly hydrated skin. You have no choice but to use both skincare if you want to have a youthful, glowing complexion.

Joe Maillet

Joe Maillet is an avid reader and a writer by heart. He is an author, freelance writer and a contributor writer, who write articles and blogs for various leading online media publications and for CEO and entrepreneurs from across the world. He keeps himself updated with the latest marketing trends and always recognized in the industry for providing solutions to B2B and B2C businesses.

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