Difference Between Serum and Moisturizer

Difference Between Serum and Moisturizer

Most people have serums and moisturizers on constant rotation, but do you really need to be using them both? Should we be using a serum before or after moisturizer? What's the difference between the two?

 Serums are typically lightweight formulations that deliver actives. They are usually thin and absorbent, leaving little, if anything, remaining on the surface of the skin. Serums are highly concentrated and potent, so just a few drops are needed for the entire face. They are a great option to address specific skin concerns like dark spots, fine lines, and early signs of aging.

Serums are more powerful than your regular moisturizers when it comes to anti-aging effects. They are concentrated so that they deliver a high potency of actives to the skin. 


A moisturizer is a lotion or cream to prevent skin dryness. It is mostly water-based and traps moisture in the skin’s outer layer, providing a hydrated look. Moisturizers can be classified as emollients (lipids and oils), humectants (glycerin, urea, and hyaluronic acid), occlusives (lanolin, bee wax, stearic acid, and petroleum jelly), and protein rejuvenators (collagen, keratin, and elastin).

Moisturizers increase the water content in the skin, making it soft and supple. They are available in various formulations, and they may also help heal wounds and soothe skin inflammation based on the ingredients.

Facial moisturizers play a unique role in daily skin care. Besides keeping the skin hydrated, they protect it against the harsh environment, pollution, dust, humidity, extreme temperatures, and UV rays and UV rays 


Can You Use Serums And Moisturizers Together?

Yes. They have different purposes. Your skin needs both serum and moisturizer to remain soft, supple, and youthful and look and feel its best.

A general rule of layering skin care products is to apply the thinnest products first, followed by the thicker ones. Serums are meant to be delivered deep into the skin and should be applied first, followed by a moisturizer that forms a protective barrier on the skin, locking the serum’s nutrients. 

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