Trying to pick out the product you should use from the dizzying variety available in skin care can be problematic to say the least. One friend swears by this one set of products and another thinks that the previous friend has no idea what they are talking about. All you really want is a clear set of information to work with that will let you make an educated decision. Serums or creams is a somewhat common division in skin care that is typically driven by the needs of a given person’s skin. The truth is that each product has benefits for the skin, but you need to have the full picture for why some people favor one product over another to know what kind of decision to make. We’ll be highlighting the potentials of each and others to ensure you have the clearest picture possible for this decision.
The key thing to remember about serums is that they are both highly potent and extremely lightweight when it comes to product thickness. Most serums are, at best, a lightweight gel that spreads easily. You typically don’t get much per bottle and also don’t need to use as much due to potency. This is why being able to spread serums readily is so important. The focus of serums is to provide as much benefit for your skin as possible in as little product as possible to ensure that your skin receives benefits quickly. Their lightweight nature actually makes them a very good option for people with oily skin who can’t used heavier cream products without risking a breakout. This is especially true due to many serums using a water base instead of an oil one. The right serum can help keep oily skin healthy without causing any further troubles.
Cream are the thicker products that many likely learned to use fairly early in their skin care journeys. A good cream can provide a lot of benefits, but one of the biggest benefits is that they offer a great deal of moisturizing potential. Most creams include extra benefits and you’re encouraged to tailor your selection in creams to match the particular skin care needs of your skin. Anti-aging eye creams are particularly popular. Their soak in nature helps counter the harsher effects of products like retinols, but creams aren’t as potent as serums. The active ingredients are mixed in with all the other compounds necessary to make a cream a cream and it spreads out the effectiveness. For people with dry skin, this loss of effectiveness is countered by the added moisturizing benefits, but it also doesn’t mean creams can replace serums.
Ideally, you should be able to use both serums and creams in your skin care routine. You should pick when you’re using them based on your schedule and skin’s needs though. Serums should be used at whatever time of day you’re most effectively cleaning your skin as they need to be able to get as close to your skin as possible to soak in effectively. You can follow after them with lotions, creams, and other products to continue to support your skin’s health. Creams and serums both have their place for people with oily and dry skin. You just need to be more careful about their use than people with closer to average skin types. Learning how to properly combine the potency of serums with the moisturizing and extra utility benefits of creams will help you make your skin healthier than ever.
Skin care and beauty don’t need to be composed of artificial divisions over what type of product is “better” when each kind serves a purpose. The trick is learning the purpose of products and making sure that you use them properly. Properly used products will be effective for whoever uses them instead of appearing to be ineffective or, at worst, damaging. You should try experimenting with both serums and creams if you aren’t already. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can do for your skin that way.