Serum? Moisturizer? What should I choose?

Serum or moisturizer?

Writing this article, I imagine the picture of a lady being confused in front of a abundancy of cosmetic products in the pharmacy store. Serum or moisturizer? In fact, the answer to this question is very simple and logical: both.

Serum and moisturizer are products that are not mutually exclusive. They have different characteristics that potentiate their strengths. Serums are formulated to contain smaller molecules, penetrate to greater depths, and usually contain more antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients to boost cell recovery. On the other hand, moisturizers contain larger molecules, which keeps them on the surface of the skin. This blocks the loss of water and active substances. They also form a physical barrier that prevents the skin from coming into contact with environmental irritants.

How to choose the right product?

First you need consultation with dermatologistto determine your skin type. If your skin is oily, you should avoid moisturizing creams with a thick texture, containing mineral oils and petroleum derivatives, which would further stimulate comedones. Sometimes even moisturizer may not be necessary. If you have combination skin, you would feel good if you choose light moisturizers such as fluids, serums, gels or lotions. If you have dry and sensitive skin, your skin "screams" for hydration. Then thick creams containing ceramides are suitable. Avoid products containing retinoic acid derivatives.

What is the difference between serum, day and night cream?

The serums can be used both in the morning and in the evening. If you are over 30 years old, applying a serum with antioxidant composition will completely change the quality of your skin. First of all, your morning cream should contain sunscreen. This applies to every season and every skin type. It can be combined with vitamin C, vitamin B3. The night cream may contain retinol, ceramides, alpha-hydroxy acids, resveratrol.

Eye cream?

Yes, the cream for the area around the eyes must be specially designed for this area. Proximity to the eyes precludes the application of a wide range of active substances to avoid irritation. In addition, the skin is thinner and permeable, which imposes and corrects the concentration of molecules.

Final tips:

  • Natural products are good, but be careful with the derivatives of some plants or propolis, because you can develop allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Expensive and attractively packaged creams are not always the best. Consult a specialist when choosing the right product for your skin type.
  • Always wear sunscreen. Every day. Every season.

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