To decide whether to use serums, moisturisers and oils can confusing to some people. Indeed, with the wide array of products available in the market, it can be easy to be overwhelmed and lose focus. If you’re a skincare enthusiast you are likely aware that most experts would prescribe the use of all three as part of your skincare routine. But one might even ask, isn’t the purpose of these products the same? Well yes and no is the answer. Although these products have a similar effect which is to hydrate and nourish the skin, however, the process in doing so differs in many ways. Let us shed some light on the topic so you can decide which of these products would suit your skin best.
Serums are water-based formulations which also consist of active ingredients, oil as well as peptides. They are known to contain fewer molecules which allow their formula to penetrate the skin deeper, revitalizing as well as enhancing the skin’s texture from the inside. It is said that the consistent use of serums will greatly benefit the skin as its formulation is targeted for common skin issues such as premature ageing, wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin. However, do not expect serums to do miracles and cure all skincare issues. An example would be sun protection as most serums do not contain sun protecting ingredients. These products are formulated to nourish and rejuvenate the skin and it can only do its job if it is used consistently as part of a skincare routine.
Moisturisers contain water as well as oil and are typically formulated to hydrate the skin from the outside. It also contains active ingredients and bound with a wax substance. It is formulated to nourish as well as to preserve your skin’s moisture and nutrients. It is perfect for those with normal, combination or oily skin, however, to those who have issues with extreme dryness; moisturisers are not enough to keep your skin hydrated as it is not formulated to penetrate the skin deeply. What you can do instead is to use facial oils as part of your skin routine as well.
As I’ve mentioned previously, oils are best for those with extremely dry and sensitive skin. Its formulation is emollient and rich, and is extracted from seeds, fruit and nuts. Those with dry skin will enjoy a deeply hydrating and nourishing effect through the use of facial oils. However, keep in mind that not all oils are good facial oils. The recommended facial oils are those that can easily penetrate your pores without clogging them such as Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil. They also contain fatty acids, essential oils and tons of vitamins and minerals which provide enough nourishment to the skin.
SHOULD YOU CHOOSE OILS, MOISTURISERS OR SERUMS?
We’ve discussed earlier that although these three provides skin hydration, however, they do have distinct features and uses that can benefit the skin in different ways. Using a moisturiser, for example, helps lock in your skin’s moisture. A serum, on the other hand, targets skin imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines and simple dryness. Facial oil gives your skin a super hydration compared and is perfect for winter or times when your skin appears too dry and dull.
Therefore we highly recommend use all three products and include them in your skincare routine. After cleansing and toning, you can apply a good serum preferably without nasties and only great natural ingredients or facial oil if you need extra moisture, and then seal it with your preferred moisturiser. Having this skincare routine will give your skin great results especially after consistent application.
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