Looking for maximum impact and benefit from your facial creams? Consider using serums.
Think of how much more impact your favorite fragrance has when you use the concentrated perfume vs. eau de toilette – just like concentrated perfumes, serums also deliver more impact.
Face serums are beauty products used to combat lines, wrinkles, spots and signs of aging in the face and neck. Serums are also beneficial in brightening dull, dry, and lifeless skin as well as combating and preventing acne for some users. Nutrients in the serums can feed, revitalize, and repair tissues, while cream moisturizes simply add moisture that does not bond with and become part of the skin.
The key difference between face serums and creams is the molecular structure of the product. Serums are formulated with nutrients composed of smaller molecules, allowing them to penetrate, faster and more deeply beneath the skin, reaching all three layers of skin tissue. Serums don’t have the heavy emollients found in creams that make it difficult for active ingredients to penetate the skin. The larger molecular formulas of cream moisturizers allow them to be absorbed into the top layer of skin only, where they do the job of hydrating the skin and locking in moisture.
Judge for Yourself
In a 2010 report by Consumer Reports, they evaluated the effectiveness of serums, with mixed results. Read their findings here. The take-away – know what you are buying and why you’re buying it. Understand that cosmetic companies will make claims that might be hard to prove – that’s nothing new – but you should be your own judge.
We like serums because they do deliver nutrients deeper into the layers of the skin due to their molecular structure. Moisturizers help, but serums will actually help to rejuvenate the skin, making it stronger, younger, more elastic, and more resistant to the harmful effects of our environment.