Serums vs. Moisturizers

Serums and moisturizers help the skin in different ways. Sometimes a serum alone will be enough for what your skin needs, and other times you will find that you need both a serum and a moisturizer. Serums are thinner and lighter than moisturizers and have a great variety of functions. Usually, serums contain active ingredients that you want to penetrate as deeply as possible into your skin. For this reason, you should always apply a serum directly to your skin after cleansing or toning and before your moisturizer and sunscreen.

Serums can be used both morning and night. They do not replace your moisturizer but can boost the hydrating effects of your moisturizer.

Serums are used to address a variety of skincare issues. For example, there are anti-aging serums, skin brightening serums, and acne prevention serums. Serums tend to be more expensive than other skin care products, but being that they’re full of potent ingredients, a little goes a long way.

Moisturizers are thicker and creamier than serums. They’re meant to hydrate the skin and prevent water loss. Some moisturizers have added anti-aging ingredients, so they do double duty for your skin. But in order to really address a difficult skin care problem, like sun damage, you’ll want to combine your moisturizer with a quality serum.

We do have products and there are products out there that are interchangeable and have active ingredients and peptides in the moisturizers so we try to make the best regimen with the skin needs.

We have some of the world’s best medical grade skin care products at The Center. We understand however, that women probably have an array of products at home that they are already using. So, we like to encourage clients to bring in a bag of the products they are currently using. We can then look at how to begin incorporating the products we would recommend along with the treatments that will best optimize their at home regimen. This allows us to add products over the course of time and make it more cost effective.