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The Difference Between Serums & Moisturizers

The Difference Between Serums & Moisturizers

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Serums & Moisturizers? The difference is actually in the way that they are made. So let me break it down for you.

Serums are lighter and more gel like products which absorb more quickly. They are highly concentrated and provide both moisture and nutrients to your skin. Serums exclude sealing ingredients. These are ingredients that that can be found in moisturizers in order to keep moisture from leaving the skin. These sealing ingredients can include Mineral Oils and Petrolatum. Serums are known to contain a fewer amount of fillers, lubricating agents and thickeners such as nut or seed oils.

Serums actually work more effectively because they have smaller particles which make it possible for them to penetrate and act on your skin cells directly. They also can penetrate faster without the sealing ingredients found in moisturizers. Serums have certain ingredients, such as antioxidants, Vitamins C & E, anti-aging ingredients, hyaluronic acid, peptides and botanicals. These ingredients are very powerful and effective. They are added in order to replenish, nourish, brighten, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. 

Serums are made to replenish your skin at a cellular level while acting on a wide spectrum of factors all at once.They are designed to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while improving smoothness, firmness and luminosity.

Moisturizers main purpose is to moisturize your skin and hydrate your skin and to reinforce the natural skin balance. Moisturizers have larger molecules than serums and are aimed at hydrating while forming a barrier in order to insure that the skin stays hydrated. This helps to ensure that the moisturizers do not penetrate deep into the epidermis. The ultimate benefit of using a moisturizer is that they do a good job of sealing your skin, thereby locking in nutrients and much needed moisture.

Your next question might be, do I need both serums and moisturizers? You can use both as they do different things for your skin. When using both a serum and moisturizer, use your serum first and then apply your moisturizer. If you have oily skin a serum alone may be just right for you. When I was younger, I had oily skin and a serum would have been just perfect for me. Now that I am older my skin is no longer oily but it really isn't dry either so I am happy with a serum alone. I feel if I use both a serum and a moisturizer my skin is too oily/shiny. I love the anti-aging and replenishing qualities of serums. 

If you have any questions about your skincare needs please feel free to contact me at shelli@atarahfaith.com and I would be happy to help you find the right products for your skincare needs.

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