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Serum or Moisturizer? What's the difference?

It can be easy to confuse both and think that you can use a serum in place of a moisturizer. Back when a 27 step skin care routine was all the rage, the more the better it seemed to be when it came to skin care products! However, like with everything else, things in extremes can be bad, including a lengthy skin care routine! So let's break this down below!


What is a Moisturizer?

If you have oily/acne prone or combination skin, then you think you might be able to skip this step-however, you're wrong. According to board-certified dermatologist, Deanne Robinson "Moisturizers use a thicker formula to create a physical barrier that locks in hydration and prevents skin from drying out".


What is a serum?

Serums, on the other hand, are lightweight formulations that contain active ingredients used to target specific skin care concerns, such as hyperpigmentation, anti-aging or acne. Serums can have more variety- such as our 10% Niacinamide Serum- which targets dry skin to help retain moisture, or our Pineapple Serum, which helps to tackle dark spots and help brighten the skin. If you have multiple concerns, then you can definitely pair your serums! (this is called the double-serum method!)



Do I need both of them in my skin care routine?

We definitely believe that both have their place in your skin care routine! Each one brings their own function but they both don't do the same job. A serum, since its lightweight, can help with hydration, but don't expect it to deliver the same moisture as a moisturizer. However, a moisturizer can help seal in all the ingredients from a serum to ensure that your skin absorbs them all!


Unless your serum and moisture have clashing active ingredients, such a serum with AHAs and a moisturizer that contains retinol- most of them can be used together. Dr. Hartman, a board-certified dermatologist says "Serums are intended to penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver targeted active ingredients, whereas moisturizers help to fortify the surface of the skin, bind skin cells together more effectively, and work at the surface of the skin to increase hydration."


One perfect example of a great pairing of a serum and moisturizer would be our 10% Niacinamide Serum with our Silk Skin Moisturizer! They're both from our Refresh & Renew line, which is targeted for those that have dry or sensitive skin! This combination will a double dose of hydration and lock in moisture to the skin, to leave you with plump, bouncy, glowing skin!

How do I layer both in my skincare routine?

With skin care products, layering them in the correct order is important; you want to make sure that your skin is able to absorb all those wonderful ingredients. The easiest way to do this is to layer your products from lightest to thickest. For example, if you use a toner, then the serum would be applied after, followed by your moisturizer.


Depending on the serum you use, such as our 10% Niacinamide Serum, you can use it both during the morning and at night. Other serums, such as our Pineapple Serum, can have photosensitive skin reactions, so its best to apply them at night.


So whether you're an expert in the skincare game, or just starting out, pairing our 10% Niacinamide Serum with our Silk Skin moisturizer is a game changer and your skin will love you for it! These 2 will work together to leave your skin plump, bouncy, and glowing all day, giving back your skin the hydration it needs!

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