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Serum vs. Moisturiser. Do I need them both?

March 12, 2018


I often hear these questions, "Can I just use my serum as a moisturiser?" , "My skin is already oily, do I still need a moisturiser?", "If I am generally happy with my skin, do I need a serum?" So, what exactly do we do with these two skincare products? Read on to find out. 



What is a serum? 

  • It is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeper into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of powerful ingredients.

  • Serums are usually sold in smaller bottles, as only a small amount is required to treat skin concerns like hyperpigmentation or skin aging. A little goes a long way.

  • Serums are usually water-based and have a gel-like texture. However, with the face oil trend growing, more oils are marketed as 'serums'. 


What is a moisturiser? 


Moisturisers are thicker and creamier in texture, and are formulated to create a barrier over the surface layer of the skin to lock in moisture. 



Do I need a serum? 

  • If you are young ,generally happy with your skin, and don't have skin concerns, then perhaps, you don't need a serum. Invest in a good moisturiser instead. 

  • Serums are used to target particular skin concerns. With its smaller molecular size, it can easily penetrate into the skin layers to target the root cause of concern. 


The importance of moisturisers