Moisturisers Versus Serums: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Moisturisers and serums go hand in hand. They’re each effective in their own right, but when used together, they’re an even more powerful duo. Let us take you back to skincare basics by breaking down these two types of products and why you should use them in your everyday routine.

The Lowdown on Serums

Used for: To target a specific skincare concern such as fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, dehydration, dullness, hyperpigmentation, acne, sensitivity or lack of firmness.

Texture: Lightweight, thinner than a moisturiser. Concentrated.

Composition: A serum is composed of highly active ingredients.

Application method: Apply a serum after cleansing your skin, before your moisturiser. Try pressing the serum into your skin instead of rubbing it in.

Top tip: Store your serum in a fridge to prolong its shelf life. The cold preserves the active ingredients, allowing you to get the most from your product.

Try these:

Clarins Double Serum
Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Serum Concentrate
Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Serum

Moisturisers 101

Used for: Designed to hydrate, moisturise, nourish and protect the skin.

Texture: Thicker, creamier and richer than a serum.

Composition: A moisturiser is high in nutrients and oils that lock in moisture. It creates a protective barrier on the skin once applied.

Application method: Apply your moisturiser onto your skin after your serum, before your sunscreen.

Top tip: If you’re unsure how much moisturiser to use, take 3-4 pea-sized amounts of product and dot them on your face and neck. Wait for the cream to absorb properly before applying your sunscreen.

Try these:

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream
NIVEA Perfect & Radiant Even Tone Day Cream SPF 30
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20

What moisturiser and serum do you use in your everyday routine? Let us know in the comments section below.


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