Serum vs Moisturizer: What’s the difference?

Serum vs Moisturizer: What’s the difference?

Serums are lightweight products with a high concentration of actives. They have smaller molecules which is why they are absorbed faster and penetrate deeper into your skin. Depending on the ingredients it contains, serums target specific skin concerns like brightening the skin or preventing acne.

Moisturizers, on the other hand, hydrate your skin and lock in moisture. They come in usually as creams with three main types of ingredients: humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Humectants attract moisture into the outermost layer of your skin which is the stratum corneum. Occlusives protect the skin from moisture loss by mimicking its natural barrier. Emollients soften dry skin and like occlusives, they form a barrier to seal moisture in your skin.

Key difference between Serums and Moisturizers

The key difference between these two is that serums penetrate deeper into the skin and moisturizers work on the surface. Serums deliver a high concentration of actives into deeper layers of the skin to achieve specific goals whereas moisturizers work by drawing in moisture to the surface of the skin and creating a protective barrier to lock in moisture. 

Whether you would need both a serum and a moisturizer in your skincare routine will depend on your skin type. A serum will generally be enough for someone with oily skin. Whereas, if you have dry skin, having both will be most beneficial. When layering your products, you generally have to start with serums first as they are usually thinner than moisturizers which will then seal in the serum.

Serums and Moisturizers we recommend:

If you are looking to add either a serum or a moisturizer or both to your skincare routine, here are the ones we recommend:

DNA Matrix Serum

If you are looking for a serum specifically formulated to fight the signs of premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles, and photodamage, this serum is perfect for you. This serum contains ergothioneine, a natural antioxidant amino acid, and glycosaminoglycans. They provide powerful protection against environmental aggressors and neutralize free radicals to prevent further damage to your skin.

EGF/FGF Marvel Serum

The EGF/FGF Marvel Serum is ideal for all skin types although those with dry skin may want to check this one out specifically as this is a hydrating serum that also regenerates and firms. Created using our proprietary PowerBlend™ technology, the EGF/FGF Marvel Serum leaves your skin feeling smoother and firmer. It is also clinically proven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles by as much as 29% after 28 days!

Vitamin A&E Moisture Cream

The Vitamin A&E Moisture Cream is a moisturizer that we love! It accelerates skin cell turnover, revealing a brighter complexion faster. It also prevents moisture loss by maintaining your skin’s barrier thereby protecting it from dryness and fine lines and wrinkles.

Colorlite Plus

Being Dermaesthetics' signature lightening and brightening cream, Colorlite Plus is formulated with Arbutin and Dermaesthetics' exclusive Whitening Plus PowerBlend Formula which will give you visible results in just 14 days. Colorlite Plus unveils a clear and even-toned complexion and is ideal for all skin types.

Whether you’re in the market for a serum or moisturizer, visit our best sellers collection to find the perfect match for you.