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Facial Serum vs Facial Moisturizer: What is the difference?

Are you wondering what is better for your skin: a facial serum or a facial moisturizer?  Here is what you need to know.

While facial serums can deliver moisture, most serums are prescribed to deliver nutrients, vitamins or anti-oxidants into deeper layers of your skin where a regular moisturizer might not be able to reach. The molecular structure of serums is smaller than a moisturizer and therefore can easily penetrate the top layers of the skin for a more profound result.

So what is the right way to apply serum?  You apply the serum and wait at least 5 minutes until the serum is fully absorbed before applying your moisturizer in order to seal and magnify the benefits of the serum.

Moisturizers protect your skin from environmental damage and maintain the moisture balance within the skin.  However, a moisturizer has larger molecules than a serum. This means that a moisturizer will not penetrate the skin as far as a serum will.  While serums deposit nutrients, moisturizers are meant to deposit moisture and hydration your skin.

Do I need both?  If you have problem with your skin that you would like to improve, such as acne, pigmentation, fine lines or aging signs, a serum can help.  If your skin is dehydrated, then you will need to use a moisturizer on top of the serum.  However, if your skin is very oily, a serum can give you enough hydration.

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