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Serums vs Creams vs …

Not every product out there will work for you as I’m sure you’ve found out.

Instead of slathering on any moisturiser you can find, or spending heaps on an expensive one, you need to determine which product will work best for you and when to use it.

For instance, that anti-ageing serum that you have been using for the whole year has been working really well but isn’t really as effective in winter. Why? Have you developed immunity to it? Has it lost its efficacy? Or have you simply been slapping on some moisturiser over the dead skin cells that have been accumulating on your face for a year?

Let’s start by recognising the difference between a cream and a serum.

A cream delivers moisture to your face by sealing in the moisture and replacing what you might have lost during the course of your day. A serum is light and non-greasy, with a high concentration of these ingredients to target specific skin issues. Generally these products also have added ingredients to smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Serums are water based making it more easily absorbed than creams and allowing the ingredients to penetrate better into your skin. The highly concentrated serum only requires a drop or two to be applied to a targeted area like dry spots, laugh lines or around the eyes whereas creams need to be applied over the entire face and neck. Both types of skin care products are commonly used together, first applying the serum on cleansed skin, waiting a little until the serum is fully absorbed into the skin and then smoothing a cream moisturiser over the entire area. In summer, a serum is used first followed by a lotion instead of a cream based moisturiser.

Given a cream moisturiser’s thicker consistency, this means the cream sits on top of the skin acting as a blanket to prevent the skin from drying out. Adding a serum allows the ingredients to penetrate deeper, feeding your skin the nutrients it needs and getting better results. As a general rule, apply skin care products from thinnest to thickest. If you are using oils in your beauty regime, that will be the last thing to apply.

If you’ve gone shopping for skin care products, whichever ones you might have gotten, don’t waste them by applying them on dead skin cells. Exfoliate or go for a microdermabrasion treatment at least once a month to remove the top layer of dead cells to allow your products better penetration. This way, you will see better results.

Boost the hard work done by your products with a photo rejuvenation treatment by helping your skin “heal” from the inside out with increased collagen production in the deeper layers on your skin.

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