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Moisturisers vs Serums: How To Work Out What You Need

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Skincare can be a complicated business. It can months to work out which products work best for your skin, and even these don’t stay the same as your skin type and needs change as you age. You may find some skin concerns, like acne, come and go, and like to do a product rotation once in a while to keep things feeling fresh.

As if all that wasn’t hard enough, new products are constantly appearing on the market under names you may not recognise, and it can be difficult to work how to incorporate them into your routine, or whether you really need them. While the majority of people – if not all – will have heard of moisturisers, not everyone will know what a serum is. How do I use it, when should I use, should it replace my other products are just a few of the questions that we’ve answered for you below.

What is a serum and how is it different?

Serums are not a new product, but they have gained more prominence in the last few years. They are a thicker, liquid like product with active ingredients like vitamins and minerals. Like a moisturiser, serums also have moisture boosting properties, but because of their smaller molecules they are able to penetrate the skin and work more effectively on the deeper layers. Whereas moisturisers only tend to benefit the top layer.

Who should be using one?

There are different serums to target different problems such as skin brightening, anti-ageing and acne prevention. If you have a particular skin concern you would like to address and feel that your current products are not helping then you may find it beneficial to add a serum to your routine.  

As we age our skin begins to lose moisture and becomes dehydrated, therefore if you have more mature skin including a serum is an effective way to boost moisture levels, as well as providing anti-ageing benefits. Our Y Theorem Repair Serum helps to boost collagen production and increase cell regeneration, helping to keep skin looking refreshed and renewed.

When should I use one?

A serum should not replace your usual moisturiser. Instead, after cleansing and toning, apply the serum to your face and neck, and then apply your usual day or night cream on top.

If your skin is very oily, you may find that a serum provides you with enough moisture, or you may wish to just use one alongside your night cream in the evening. Alternatively our Y Theorem Repair Serum is also available is a Light version which is perfect for people with oiler skin, or who live in warmer climates.

What are the benefits?

Serums work from the inside out as they transport their potent ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin. Our Celestial Black Diamond Serum uses black diamond particles which help transport potent anti-ageing ingredients to even deeper into the skin, to target the signs of ageing. This allows our NAC Y2 formula, and other potent ingredients like Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid, to strengthen and regenerate the skin from within.

Published: Friday, 18 July 2014

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