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Everything You Need to Know About Facial Serums

When trying to put together the perfect anti-aging skin care, you may have come across products known as facial serums. Many people assume that anti-aging serums are the same as moisturizing creams, and that they can be used interchangeably. This simply isn’t true; in fact, facial serums are often intended to work with your moisturizer, not in place of it. Although moisturizers are an important step in your anti-aging skin care routine, there are other benefits of facial serums that a basic moisturizer just can’t provide on its own.

The Purpose of Facial Serums

The main purpose of facial serums are to combat specific skin concerns, so each one is formulated with the perfect combination of ingredients to target and treat a particular problem. Anti-aging serums, for instance, are formulated with ingredients specifically to improve visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, thinning skin, and age spots.

Facial serums are intended to enhance your anti-aging skin care routine, not complete it—in other words they’re not a one-stop-shop. Although anti-aging serums may provide some hydrating effects depending on the specific type, their main purpose is not to moisturize and they won’t be able to provide you with enough of the hydration that aging skin needs on a daily purpose. This is why, in order to really reap the benefits of facial serums, most skin care experts will recommend that you include both a serum and a moisturizer in your anti-aging skin care routine.

If you’re still iffy about the need for both an anti-aging face serum and moisturizer, keep reading to learn about more significant differences between the two products.

Anti-Aging Face Serum vs. Moisturizer

Facial serums are moisturizing agents, but unlike moisturizers, they do not contain thickening ingredients—this is one of the greatest benefits of facial serums. As a result, they often have a thinner, more lightweight, gel-like consistency than a cream. They’re also made up of smaller molecules than cream or lotion moisturizers, which is another one of the benefits of facial serums because they’re able to penetrate the skinner deeper, faster, and more effectively.

Another key difference between an anti-aging face serum and a traditional moisturizer is the ingredients. Because they leave out the heavy thickening agents, facial serums usually contain higher concentrations of the active ingredients; this is why anti-aging serums are usually priced higher than moisturizers. But don’t let the price tag scare you, because while you may be paying more for anti-aging serums, but you’re essentially getting more bang for your buck. (As in more of the skin-saving ingredients you actually want.) Plus, because of its higher potency, you only need to use a few drops of your anti-aging face serum each time, so even if the bottle looks smaller, it goes a long way and will last you longer than you think.

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