Face Serum or Moisturizer

Face serum or moisturizer: Do you need both or one in your skincare routine?

Many of us look for a routine and most of us get stuck on the idea that whether to apply serum or moisturizer, or either to apply it together. It is one of the facts that you need to have a good skincare routine in order to maintain a good skin tone and serums, as well as moisturizers, are one of the main parts of it.

Serums are packed with different ingredients and cover specific skin disorders including aging and also save from harmful free radicals. While moisturizers are supposed to provide the skin with needed hydration. So, let's break down the information about serums and moisturizers, and learn what to choose.

What is a Face Serum?


Face serums are basically skin care products that are water-based and mixed with some quantity of alcohol mixed in it. These serums are filled with essential ingredients acting on different complaints of the skin. They also help in providing vital nutrients which make the healthy and effectively increase cellular turnover and also the regeneration of damaged skin.

The turning over of cells determine how fast your skin cells will be replaced by the new cells giving your skin a healthy look. As the faster its rate will be, the softer your skin will become and it will give you a younger as well as radiant look.

The serums are often included with these commonly used ingredients:-

  • Antioxidants help in fighting free radicals and reduce any kind of damage to the skin cells.
  • Vitamin C helps in boosting the production of collagen and is the key ingredient that helps in the regeneration of cells.
  • Niacinamide effectively helps in reducing the size of pores and making them appear small.
  • Hyaluronic acid is one of the greatest ways to moisturize the skin and helps in reducing dryness of the skin.
  • Retinol which is basically the derivative of Vitamin A works as an anti-aging compound and increases the elasticity of the skin.
  • Glycolic acid is balancing the skin tone.
  • Lactic acid is an effective ingredient to lower dark spots.

What is a moisturizer?


Moisturizers are products that consist of two main functions including sealing the already existing moisture and reducing its evaporation of it. Sometimes they contain the same ingredients as serums which consist of Vitamins, as well as Minerals, and also some, have Hyaluronic acid in them.

They are specifically useful for people with dry skin and are also beneficial during dry climates. But it should be noted that moiturizer is not the best choice for people with dry skin type.

What's the major difference between Serum and Moisturizer?

1. Face serums are thinner in consistency as compared to moisturizers because they are much thick as well as creamier in consistency.

2. Serums have much lesser molecules then moisturizers and serums can easily penetrate the skin.

3. Serums specifically helps in targeting skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, etc while moisturizer help in hydrating the skin and covering it with a protective layer.

Can moisturizers and Serums be used together?

It is absolutely safe to use serum and moisturizer together. Your skin needs to have the application of both moisturizer and serum as well. They will help your skin to be more soft and youthful looking as well. But it is really important to note that serums are supposed to be applied first and then apply a thick layer of moisturizer which will act as a protective barrier for your skin.

Do you need both or one in your skincare routine?

One can apply moisturizer and serum separately depending on the skin condition. As face serums have lots of vitamins and minerals they will alone nourish the skin. Its application will help in reducing dark spots and will increase collagen production. Along with that, it will keep the skin safe from harmful free radicals and also gives you younger-looking skin.

Some face serums have salicylic acid which helps in clearing the acne by clearing the excessive oil. Along with that, it helps in reducing the absorption of bacteria and also clears out the environmental factor. While some people have quite dry skin and this moisturizer is useful as it will reduce the flakiness as well as the peeling of the skin. According to dermatologists, it is said to apply serum along with moisturizer to maintain a good skin tone

So, all and all serums can be used during the morning and nighttime without any application of moisturizer. Always make sure that your serum has antioxidants in it and ideally serum is especially useful in people the age of 30 years. But if you have extremely dry skin it is safe to use moisturizer, especially during the winter season. In this way, you will repair your skin and also hydrate the skin effectively.


Serums and Moisturizers are important to skin care products that help in making the skin smooth. But it's not easy to add this into the routine because most people are confused about it. So, serum can be applied alone without any moisturizer as they alone have hydrating properties which are enough for the skin.

While a moisturizer can help you to build an extra layer that will reduce the invasion of harmful environmental material and also reduce dryness,s, especially during cold weather. So, you can apply both or any one alone according to your skin type and skin condition.


Q. How to apply serum and moisturizer together?

Ans. Wah your face with a gentle cleanser before applying anything on your face, then take a few drops of serums on your skin and rub them on your face. Then wait for 2 minutes so that it has dried out and then apply your regular moisturizer.

Q. Is it safe to skip the application of moisturizer?

Ans. Yes, as instead you can use serum filled with hyaluronic acid which will naturally moisturize the skin.

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