At RACINNE, we generally receive a lot of inquiries regarding the difference between facial creams and serums. It is common knowledge that effective and thorough skin care is essential in order to maintain healthy skin, but the sheer number of products available on shelves does make it confusing when deciding which one to try out. It is difficult to figure out what works and what is suitable, so we at RACINNE thought we would share some answers to combat any uncertainties.
Facial creams are best for hydration and protection, as they are more occlusive in composition in comparison to serums. Creams are usually oil and water-based, with larger molecules that act as an airtight barrier between your skin and the pollutants in the air. They lock in moisture by preventing water from evaporating, keeping your skin looking healthy and hydrated. Creams often contain active components that address particular skin concerns such as dehydration, dryness or hyper-pigmentation, and effectively deliver these ingredients to the outermost layers of your skin.
Creams remain a popular form of skin care and should be a vital part of your routine as they essentially help to revitalise and moisturise your face, ensuring that you stay youthful and glowing.
Facial care serums, on the other hand, are more liquid-like and water-based, with a gel-like consistency. Though they do not contain the occlusive property of creams, they are lighter and are highly concentrated with active ingredients, including antioxidants and brighteners. They contain smaller molecules which allows the active ingredients to penetrate deeper into your skin, your skin can then absorb the nutrients more quickly. Serums are an extremely potent skin care tool meaning that they should be applied sparingly and in smaller quantities. They are a concentrated way to provide your skin with key ingredients, and should be used in conjunction with creams for the best results.
Which one should I use?
Both are important products, and the one best suited for you depends entirely on your skin type, the weather, and your environment.
If you have normal or combination skin you may benefit from a lighter day-cream, such as our Optimal Fortifying Emulsion from our Ultimate Hydra Perfection Series (for all skin types). If you have more mature skin, you may see the better results from using both an anti-aging serum and a moisturizing cream from our Ultimate Youth Power Series (for mature skin). If you want a brighter looking complexión, our Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Cream is recommended.
We often find that using both a serum and a cream for skin care is the best way to ensure you get moisture protection, as well as the active ingredients your skin requires. Apply the serum first and allow it to absorb, before moisturising with a cream. This will lock in the benefits of both products and leave your skin feeling twice as healthy!