When it comes to skincare products, your typically left with a choice to choose between a cream or a serum. Although both may be equally good for your skin, what’s the real difference between these two “skin product mediums”? This article will be going over what a serum is and what a cream/moisturizer is. If you’ve ever been faced with this problem, keep reading to get a better understanding of what product will benefit you the most the next time you are in search of a skincare product.
So, what exactly is a serum and why do we see it in so many anti-aging products? The origin of the word “serum” comes from the meaning, fluid. As I’m sure you’re aware, serums tend to be a lot more liquid-like than creams and moisturizers. Because serums are water based, they are typically light weight and absorb quickly into the skin. So, what’s the point of serums? Essentially, serums are better at absorbing active ingredients deep into all three layers of the dermis (skin layers). Because of the absorbing properties, you’ll see that a lot of anti-aging products use serums instead of creams. This is not to say that creams cannot contain anti-aging properties, however, serums do a better job at delivering active ingredients below surface level to repair and protect skin cells at the source.
When To Use Serums
If you’re looking for an anti-aging treatment or something that will help repair your skin, you’ll want to look for a serum-based product. There are loads of serums on the market so make sure to do your research before committing to purchase. The best serums will contain clinically tested ingredients.
Unlike serums that are liquid-like and water based, creams and moisturizers tend to be thicker and heavier. Essentially, creams are formulated to hydrate your skin and lock in moisture. However, it’s important to pay attention to your skin type before purchasing creams. Why? Because not all moisturizers are built the same. If your skin runs on the oilier side, you’re going to want to invest in a light weigh, oil-free cream so that you don’t overload your skin with moisture. If you have dry & flaky skin, you’ll want to invest in a thick, heavy duty cream that will trap in moisture for 24-hours.
When To Use A Serum & When To Use A Cream
A good rule of thumb before deciding what product you want to buy is to decide what treatment you’re looking for. If you want a product to target specific areas on the face for reasons such as eye wrinkles, forehead wrinkles, dark circles, age spots, etc. You’ll want to go with a serum because they contain a higher active ingredient concentration. However, if you want a way to reduce dry skin, smooth rough textures, lock in moisture and soften your skin, your best bet will be with a cream. If you need help deciding, talk to a skin care specialist.