What's the Difference Between a Serum and a Moisturiser?

There are tons of facial treatment products on the market. You may wonder if a serum is any different from a plain moisturiser. The answer is 'yes', but you'd do well to understand those differences when shopping.

There are tons of facial treatment products on the market. You may wonder if a serum is any different from a plain moisturiser. The answer is 'yes', but you'd do well to understand those differences when shopping.


What's the difference between a serum and a moisturiser?


How are serums and moisturisers different?

 

Serums and moisturisers mostly differ in purpose and weight.

The purpose of a moisturiser is always to hydrate the skin. Serums CAN add hydration but may offer additional or different benefits to the skin.

Serums can treat everything from wrinkles and sagging to hyperpigmentation and scarring. While moisturisers can contain beneficial ingredients, creams and lotions can't be as effective at correction and treatment as serums.

That’s because …

Serums are generally much lighter in weight than moisturisers are, meaning the former can penetrate much deeper. Serums contain highly concentrated ingredients that are infinitely more effective at treating particular concerns.

Moisturisers the heavier of the two products, hydrate the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin. Lotions and creams don’t make it much farther than that layer.

 

What's the difference between a serum and a moisturiser?

 

So how do I choose between a serum and a moisturiser?


All skin needs cleanser, moisturiser, and sun protection. If you have a flawless, problem-free complexion, you don’t necessarily need a serum—and we're envious!

However, if you have persistent complexion concerns such as breakouts, dark spots, and fine lines, you'd benefit from adding a serum to your skincare routine. With a serum, you'll get more concentrated treatment ingredients and, therefore, faster and better results.

For example:

A smooth, clear, dry complexion will respond well to a mild cleanser paired with a hydrating moisturiser such as Skinstitut Moisture Defence – Ultra Dry.

Dry skin that's blotchy and broken out would benefit from the pairing of a serum and a moisturiser after cleansing.

With that said, it’s all about you! Check out our serums and moisturisers to find your best combo, or contact our trained skincare team for personalised assistance.

 

What's the difference between a serum and a moisturiser?