You don’t need both but it is better for optimal skincare to use serum and moisturizer.
The difference between a moisturizer and serum Serums are lighter and do not contain a lot of the heavier ingredients that moisturizer does. Serums penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin delivering potent little active ingredients that get to work where it really matters.
Do I use serum and moisturizer at the time?
My answer is, not always, I like to just wear my serum to bed alone and keep the moisturizer for the morning. Your skin will feel well hydrated on a deeper level as your serum will have been busy replenishing while you have slept. You can wear under your moisturizer on a daily basis especially if you feel your skin needs that little extra tlc. The moisturizer will help protect your serum during the day, keeping the elements at bay, It will help lock in the moisture keeping the skin hydrated and the makeup away from the serum. well massaged in is perfect for the morning, not too much as you don’t want your makeup landing on your shoulder!
What Does a Serum Do for Your Skin
Serums may contain Vitamins, A, C and E to rejuvenate and brighten the skin and a variety of plant oils. They can contain EFA’s, peptides, anti oxidant’s ,essential oils, super nutrients, bio actives, all to rejuvenate, heal and repair. Serums can brighten or help problem skin such as acne with anti inflammatory ingredients, anti bacterial and oil balancing.
Anti ageing serums will have hardworking properties that will speed up cellular renewal to help with that youthful glow. Serums for acne or spot prone skin will have anti inflammatory properties to calm and heal.
Whilst there are no such things as miracle potions these little darlings go a long way in helping your skin be the best it can be and who doesn’t want that?
Plants oils and essential oils are so beneficial to our skin so always opt for a natural product over a chemical laden green washed option. Green washed being the term used when a company is TRYING to portray a natural image when maybe only one percent of their product is actually natural read the ingredients!
When to use skin serum
To get the best out of your serum, always apply straight after cleansing unto the bare skin, a little goes a long way so no need to slap it on, just a little, applied with the finger tips, then you may add moisturizer.
Top Tip Try to leave at least ten minutes before you apply your makeup in the morning after moisturizing.
How Skin Serum Works
Serums penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin. Moisturizer generally hydrate the top layer and lock it all in, they too of course can have wonderful active Ingredients that work well on the top layer, the icing on the cake!
Natural beauty serums vary but generally the more ingredients the more expensive. There are some beautiful serums though such as rose hip oils that are highly effective for all skin types and that are very cost effective. Remember though you only use a little amount, your skin can only absorb so much at a time, the rest will be wasted. Your serums/oils should last for months.
Which Skin Serum is Best?
The best serum to use will depend on your skin condition and what you want to attain or correct.
For oily and acne prone skin look for a serum containing vitamin C, retinol, zinc and salicylic acid, these ingredients will help address inflammation and oil production.
The best serums for dry skin should contain vitamin E, niacinamide, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients will help the skin to retain moisture, exfoliate and protect from oxidative stress.
Mature Skin should look for hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and E to help moisture levels and nourish the skin. The suggestions below are two great serums for any skin type as they contain the basics that are great for all conditions.
Look for Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient – hyaluronic acid keeps the moisture in your skin and helps to plump smoothing fine lines. Cosmedica has verified happy reviewers on Amazon which gives reassurance on their product. Hyaluronic Acid holds x1000 its weight in water is gentle and can be used on all skin types including sensitive, it has a calming effect and is very beneficial to dry skin conditions
Another serum that contains a very effective combination is InstaNatural. This cost effective best selling serum contains Vitamin E and Vitamin C, both these vitamins are a perfect skin restoring aid with added Hyaluronic Acid. The reviews on this are excellent making it one of the best selling serums on Amazon.
How to apply serum and moisturizer.
The facial serums can be used and should be used on the neck and decolletage. Apply upwards in gentle massage motions on the face and neck, move to the decolletage area and massage towards the heart. Follow this with your moisturizer in the morning, in the evening you can simply use serum on its own for a rich bedtime treatment.