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Serums & Moisturizer, are they the same and do I need both?

Serums & Moisturizers are not the same and you can use one without the other but, you may not want to!


Sometimes, it can feel like you need a beauty degree just to figure out what various skin care solutions actually do. Take serums, for instance. What makes them any different than moisturizers? And what are the benefits of adding this extra step to your skin care routine?


What is a Serum?

If you think of your nightly skin care routine as a three course meal, serum is the main course. After kicking things off with an appetizer (aka cleansing your face), and before treating yourself to dessert (aka a nourishing moisturizer), you fill up on all the important nutrients (aka serum).


Much like a main course, serums can contain a range of useful nutrients — for your skin.


The difference between Serum & Moisturizer

Serums are thinner and lighter than moisturizers and have a greater variety of functions. A serum usually has smaller molecules combined with a high concentration of ingredients designed to penetrate, improve and/or nourish the skin in some way.

A moisturizer job is to hydrate the skin and prevent water loss and lock in the ingredients of the Serum.


The biggest difference between a serum and a moisturizer is what the serum does NOT include. Serums leave out the occlusive moisturizing ingredients. They also contain fewer lubricating and thickening agents, like nut or seed oils. In fact, most serums are water-based, eliminating oils completely. Serums often contain the strongest dose of ingredients including antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners.


Because of active ingredients in serum, they are more expensive than thickeners or moisturizers. When applied properly, a 1-ounce container of serum should last you months, and many serums have applicators to dispense just the tiny amount you need.


When should you use a serum?

Since serums contain the active ingredients that you want to penetrate as deeply as possible into your skin, you should always apply a serum directly to your skin after cleansing or toning and before your moisturizer and sunscreen.


You can use your serum both morning and night. They do not necessarily replace your moisturizer but can boost the hydrating effects of your moisturizer.


Moisturizers are meant to hydrate the skin and prevent water loss. Some have added anti-aging ingredients, so they can do double duty for your skin, but their main role is to get hydration to the skin and keep it there. In order to really address a difficult skin care problem, like sun damage or hyperpigmentation, you will want to combine your moisturizer with a quality serum.



Our Serum "Stunning" is concentrated and loaded with so many healthy and healing ingredients, you will truly be amazed and love your skin! Improves fine lines, wrinkle fighting, dark circles, scars, discoloration, sun/age spots, collagen replacement, repairing, regenerating, and brighter, radiant skin!




Pair it up with one of our moisturizers to lock in the benefits and enhance hydration!







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