kissing cousins: serums and moisturizers (similar in appearance but not the same)

There are so many types of skincare products available – and a whole lot of confusion around what each actually does! So…stay tuned as we explain the differences between two very basic products: serums and moisturizers. Despite their apparent similarities, they serve different purposes, contributing unique benefits to your skin. When used in tandem, your skin has everything it needs to be resilient and healthy.

Differentiating Face Serums and Moisturizers

Face serums and moisturizers, while both hydrating and nourishing, have different roles in your skincare routine.

Serums, characterized by their lightweight and concentrated formulas, penetrate deeply into the skin, delivering active ingredients. In contrast, moisturizers, thicker in consistency, work on the skin's surface, creating a barrier to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration.

The primary difference between moisturizers and serums is the concentration of ingredients, texture, and function. Serums are formulated to address specific skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven texture. relativskin serums contain high concentrations of niacinamide, resveratrol, peptides, ceramides, and other transformative ingredients comprised of smaller molecules that enable deep penetration. Their lightweight texture facilitates easy absorption, making them easy to use with other products.

Conversely, moisturizers are designed to preserve the skin barrier and shield against environmental damage. relativskin's Hydrate ceramide lotion, for example, contains:

  • humectants that draw moisture into your skin
  • emollients that keep your skin smooth
  • occlusives that seal in moisture and prevent water loss

So there you have it; serums and moisturizers have very different purposes. Using both together gives your skin a complete and balanced diet, which is vital for optimal results, especially over time.

And never forget: consistency is key.

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