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What’s better for your skin: serum or moisturizer? Lately, a lot of questions have been asked about the difference of each and why certain people should either consider or stay away from them. Here is a straightforward explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of both serums and moisturizers to help you make the best decision for your specific skin care needs.
If your skin is thirsty and you want a moisturizing product that packs a punch, you may want to try a serum or skin oil. Skin oil may sound like the opposite of all the skin advice you’ve read over the years, but the truth is that skin can benefit from an oil or rich serum. Oil provides great moisturizers, and if you happen to have oily skin, oil could actually be the answer: Your skin is currently producing more oil than it needs, so by supplementing that, over time your body will recognize it doesn’t need to be producing so much, and you’ll find that your skin naturally becomes less oily.
A traditional lotion or cream moisturizer is a great option for everyone, and everyone should have one with SPF for daily use. Put it on in the morning before your makeup primers and foundation. But at night, your skin can benefit from something with even more power. A serum is a great product to lock in moisturize. Use it just like your lotion: wash your face at night and smooth a nourishing serum onto your face and neck. Allow it to penetrate for a few minutes before you head off to bed. You may want to swap or use an old pillowcase at night in order to prevent the serum from ruining the fabric of a pretty pillow.
Serums may not feel like the right choice for everyone—after all, they may feel greasy, and that can instantly turn people off, especially people with greasy skin—but serums really can be a skin-changer if you make it a consistent part of your skincare routine. Read up on the specific ingredients of any product you are considering, and it is also highly recommended that you consult with a doctor, such as a dermatologist, if you have any questions or concerns. Whether it is a serum or a moisturizer, with new topical products, allergic reactions and rashes are definitely possible, so you definitely don’t want to take any chances with your skin!
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