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

  • For people with oily skin - like mine-, we are often tempted to skip the moisturiser because we don't want to end up looking like an 'oil slick’. People with oily skin types usually have an excess production of sebum. Perhaps, it is our skin subtly telling us that we need more moisture. The use of a moisturiser will actually help balance the sebum and water levels in the skin, giving the skin a better overall texture.

  • Even oily skin requires hydration. The trick comes down to the type of moisturiser you select; so look for a lotion rather than a cream. 

Check out the Ultra Moisture Advanced Hydrating Day Lotion. With its lightweight formula, it is an ideal moisturiser to use in our humid weather.


Can I use my serum as a moisturiser? 


After the serum delivers concentrated active ingredients into the skin, a moisturiser is needed to seal in all the goodness and provide a protective barrier. Thus, it is still best to use a moisturiser after a serum. Unless, you are using a face oil serum. 

If you find that a serum layered with moisturiser is too heavy for day use, opt for a water-based serum that absorbs quickly into the skin.  I have shortlisted my  favourite se