Serum and Moisturiser - What's the Difference and Why You Need Both?
Serums and moisturisers are essential to a beauty routine and they complement each other perfectly.
Down below, I'll explain how exactly each product works and why your skin needs both.
How does a serum work?
If you have aged, irritated or sun-damaged skin, an appropriate serum is your best choice to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and calm your skin.
Full of Active Ingredients
A little goes a long way and serum is great because it delivers a high concentration of Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Peptides and Actives to your skin and only a small amount, often just a drop or two is necessary.
When to Use a Serum?
Best applied straight after cleansing and before your moisturiser, they will boost the hydrating effect of moisturiser.
- to fade brown spots and pigmentation
- rejuvenating sun-damaged skin and diminishing wrinkles
- when deeper skin hydration is needed
- for smoother more radiant skin
- calming redness and sensitivity
- when you simply feel your appearance needs a boost of brightness
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How does a moisturiser work?
A moisturiser has two fairly simple but extremely important functions as it both hydrates the outer layer of skin and creates a physical barrier to prevent moisture and nutrient loss.
Hydrate & Protect Your Skin
Moisturisers protect sensitive skin, improve skin texture and help to mask imperfections.
They contain compounds that draw water into the skin (humectants) and others that smooth the skin (emollients).
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Two Types of Moisturisers
Fortunately, there are basically two types of moisturiser, classified by their actions. However, they should each provide hydration, balance and protection.
- Sylvie Hutchings, Creative Director & Founder, SCOUT Cosmetics.