Two very crucial products in our skincare regimen have to be the serum and the moisturizer. Whatever you do, never run out of either.. The reason behind that is they are inseparable, each compliments the other, while simultaneously amplifying both of their benefits..
It goes without saying though, serum should always be applied before moisturizer, as they are water-based and lightweight products, with their low molecular weight they tend to easily penetrate the top layer of skin, sink deep into pores, and get to work their magic! Moreover, they are extremely potent with active ingredients, that’s why they come in smaller sizes and are a bit pricy, a little amount goes a long way!
However, in order for the serum to do its job effectively, it needs a teammate: moisturizer. Moisturizers are heavier than serums, and typically feature emollients (like beeswax and shea butter) or occlusives (like silicones and mineral oil) to help “lock in” moisture — and lock in the actives of the underlying serum. Think of moisturizers as the protective shield that locks in whatever goodness your serum is supposed to deliver..
Now let’s move to our subject matter, today I will help you decipher the hundreds of serum/ moisturizer combos available in this increasingly growing beauty industry.. Keeping in mind the broad differences between skin types. Not every serum works for every one of us, same applies to moisturizer. Below I will end the struggle by providing you with the best case scenario when it comes to choosing the most two crucial items in your vanity..
1 || If You Have Dry Skin
Serum: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant and pulls water into the skin, which is why this ingredient ideal for those dealing with dry, flaky skin. As for what moisturizer to pair with your favorite hyaluronic acid serum, it must be one with ceramides or niacinamide. Ceramides hydrate the skin, and both ceramides and niacinamide help strengthen the skin barrier, which allows the skin to hold on to moisture and stay more hydrated.
2 || If You Have Oily Skin
Serum: Grapeseed Oil
For oily skin, you will need serums that have oil-balancing ingredients and a mattifying moisturizer. Grapeseed oil balances sebum production and acts as an astringent. For a moisturizer, try one that reduces oil, and silica will immediately mattify and reduce shine.
3 || If You Have Combination Skin
Serum: Hyaluronic Acid
Combination skin can be tricky to treat. A hyaluronic acid serum is a safe bet, since the ingredient is safest hydrating aid out there. For moisturizer, Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, as it provides emollients to moisturize, as combination skin still needs hydration.
4 || If You Have Mature Skin
Serum: Vitamin C
Mature skin is the term we use for women 60 years and older. Generally the main concerns are both signs of aging and dryness. Therefore it is recommended to use a serum-moisturizer pairing that gives collagen production a boost. When we say collagen boost, it’s a no brainer that Vitamin C comes to mind. It is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to boost collagen synthesis, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten skin, and reduce hyper-pigmentation. Moisturizers made with peptides can potentially aid in boosting collagen, too.
5 || If You Have-Acne Prone Skin
Serum: Salicylic Acid
Moisturizer: Green Tea Extract
Those with acne-prone skin should focus on two things: Keeping pores free from buildup and reducing inflammation. Serum with salicylic acid or an ingredient from which salicylic acid is derived, like willow bark extract, helps exfoliate skin and unclog pores. A moisturizer made with green tea extract. Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and some data shows it can improve acne and reduce oil production.
6 || If You Have Sensitive Skin
It’s always wise to seek calming ingredients when it comes to sensitive skin. Soothing Serums containing chamomile and arnica will soothe the skin. As for moisturizing ingredients, hyaluronic acid and glycolipids provide safe and superb hydration.