Is serum or cream better for wrinkles?(Last Updated On: November 1, 2022)
As with everything else, my great aunt still uses the Oil of Olay moisturizer she bought decades ago, despite the fact that advances in science and technology have rendered it mostly obsolete.
Everyone, without exception, needs to practice good skin care habits in order to feel and look their best. Moisturizers’ primary function is to increase the skin’s hydration by combining with and locking in the body’s existing moisture. Although moisturizers may help with particular problems like aging and sun damage, their primary function is to hydrate the skin and keep it that way.
However, serums are designed to get deep into the skin, where they may target the underlying cellular reasons of skin aging and damage and even reverse them. More potent antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins are often found in serums; they help restore the skin’s cellular structure, leading to more radiant, smooth, and supple skin.
Let’s compare serum with moisturizer to see what the differences are.
Serums are very different from moisturizers in terms of what they do not include. Serums don’t include the’sealing’ chemicals like petrolatum and mineral oils that moisturizers often utilize to prevent water loss through the skin. Less of the additives that act as fillers, thickeners, and lubricants may be found in serums.
The second key distinction is that serums might perform better in your skin for two distinct reasons. Firstly, serums are superior than moisturizers and cleansers because their tiny particles are able to get deeper into the skin’s cellular level. Additionally, unlike moisturizers, which contain thick airtight’sealing’ particles, serums’ active components may permeate your skin quickly and efficiently.
Serums are preferable to moisturizers because they include a higher concentration of active chemicals and are able to penetrate deeper into the skin, where they can give vital nutrients and hydration actives.
How does a serum function, exactly?
Serums are concentrated, lightweight skin care solutions that are meant to penetrate deeply into the skin to supply nutrients and vitamins to fight free radical damage, skin pigmentation, aging, acne, and scars. Brightening, exfoliating, and moisturizing the skin with the use of antioxidant serums, peptide serums, hyaluronic acid serums, and Vitamin C serums may have significant and rapid benefits on the skin’s radiance.
Serums are multi-tasking skin care products that target many aspects of skin health at once to restore the skin at the cellular level. A serum is the most effective treatment for reducing the visual effects of aging, damaged, scarred, or sun-damaged skin. Skin firmness, smoothness, and brightness are all enhanced by serum use, while fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.
In what way does a moisturizer function?
Lotions and creams with emollients that moisten the skin and provide a physical barrier are known as moisturizers. Because moisturizers include molecules that are too big to go beyond the skin’s surface (the epidermis), they can only treat the outermost layer. Their primary useful effect is to seal the skin, keeping in moisture and nutrients.
In order to keep your skin hydrated, the thicker, heavier chemicals in moisturizing creams create a barrier on its surface. Unfortunately, it also has the potential to prevent the moisturizer’s active components from penetrating the skin and doing their job.
To what extent does your skin need a serum vs a moisturizer?
Here is where the layering effect comes into play: while an antioxidant serum repairs skin cells and fights free radicals, a moisturizer prevents moisture loss and serves as a physical barrier against environmental aggressors and makeup particles.
You may use serums both in the morning and at night, and they will improve the moisturizing properties of your moisturizer while also addressing particular skin conditions. Make sure your serum has antioxidants to fight against free radicals and the effects of the environment.
Using a face serum is a great way to boost the efficacy of your skincare routine and fight the effects of aging and sun damage. Applying a serum, especially if you’re above the age of 30, will make a significant impact in the quality of your skin.
Serums are versatile enough to be used either on their own (by those with oilier skin) or layered with a moisturizer (by those with normal to dry skin) to assist maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.
Use a moisturizer on top of your serum to provide your skin the additional moisture it needs to weather the colder temperatures and drier air that winter brings.
Extensive research has shown that using face serums as part of your skincare routine may help with:
- wrinkle-free skin and repairing UV damage
- increased skin moisture
- skin tightening and texture enhancement
- For silkier, more luminous skin, try exfoliating.
- soothing irritation and redness
- cleaning up and avoiding breakouts
- bleaching out discoloration and dark stains
When and how should you use serum and moisturizer?
After cleaning and toning, your skin will be ten times more receptive to the active ingredients in your serum if you apply it straight to the damp skin. Put on your face serum before your SPF moisturizer or sunscreen in the morning, and your night cream or moisturizer before your serum at night.
Once your face, neck, and chest have been thoroughly cleansed, apply your serum all over. Apply with fingers, pressing gently, and wait a few minutes for it to sink into the skin before adding a moisturizer.
Massage a dime-sized amount of serum into your skin using your fingertips. More serum does not always mean better results. Only a little quantity is needed since your skin can only absorb so much at once, much less so when the serum contains potent active ingredients. It’s preferable to use a serum often rather than just add extra at the end.
Moisturizer used atop anti-aging serum has been shown to improve the serum’s efficacy in preventing premature skin aging. By using a cold moisturizer after applying a serum, you may increase the absorption of the serum’s active components by stimulating capillary contraction and therefore pushing surface blood deeper into the skin.
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