Moisturizer Vs Serum- Jax and Rose

What is the difference between moisturizers and serums?

I get this question quite a bit. With so many skincare options, it can be hard to understand what to use when, if you use them all at the same time and if so, what order do you apply the products to your skin? After years of working in the skincare and cosmetics industry, I am here to answer all your skincare questions!

What is the difference between moisturizers and serums?

Serums are much thinner and lighter than moisturizers. Serums tend to have certain active ingredients that you want to penetrate deep under your skin. Serums pack in the most concentrated and potent anti aging ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, kojic acid, glycolic acid, etc.

While serums are doing most of the anti-aging heavy-lifting, moisturizers are a thicker, creamier substance that sits on the more superficial surface layers of your skin. Moisturizers hydrate by creating a layer on the surface of your skin that prevents water from escaping.

So to recap: Moisturizers are really just for hydration, while serums are used for skin concerns such as sun/age spots, fine lines, skin tone, anti-aging, etc.

Can moisturizers and serums be used together?

Yes absolutely! Some people, usually people with oily skin are able to just use serums and get enough hydration to not have to layer on a moisturizer. Most people however, myself included do need that extra hydration.

In the morning I will use a few serums and sunscreen. I usually only use a heavier moisturizer at night. So yes, most people tend to use their serums and moisturizers together.

Which order do you apply moisturizer and serums?

You always apply your serums first. ALWAYS. Serums should be the first thing you apply on your face after cleansing and/or toning. We need those anti aging ingredients to easily seep deep into the layers of your skin.

Moisturizers create a thick protective layer on the skin and would make it much harder for your serums to absorb effectively. In the morning, serums should be applied before your sunscreen in the morning as well.

Hope this helps!

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