What’s the difference between a serum and a moisturizer

Both serums and moisturizers have many benefits for the skin. Serums penetrate the skin’s surface to address specific concerns, such as reducing fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, brightening skin, and reducing pores. Moisturizers tend to be heavier creams designed to keep skin soft, smooth, and supple throughout the day.

As Skin Health Experts, we know that your skin’s needs will vary depending on the type of skin, age, and skin concerns you have. Everyone can benefit from a daily moisturizer, usually applied at the end of the skincare routine, both morning and evening. Serums are also a favorite of ours. We recommend different serums depending on whether you use them at night or in the morning. Both are important for optimizing your skin’s health as you age. We will explain how these premium skin care products function and why both are essential to a skincare routine.

Let’s first identify the daily skincare steps that we recommend for our customers and clients so that you better understand how to maintain healthy skin. Kate, our founder, developed her skincare philosophy after years of working as a plastic surgeon and in her Los Angeles Skin Health Experts Clinic. She gained a deep understanding of how skin functions and how best to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. Our signature daily skincare routine is:

Use the best face wash for your skin type and concern every morning & evening.

Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week, depending on the type of skin you have

Hydrate your skin with hyaluronic acids morning and night

Serums can be used to treat specific skin concerns morning and night

Use the appropriate cream to moisturize your skin every morning and night.

Why do we recommend that these steps be performed in order? Each step prepares the skin for the following actions by training it to absorb the ingredients most effectively. Without a proper cleanse, the skin will not be free of makeup, dirt, or oils. Dead skin cells can harden the skin surface without adequate exfoliation. This makes it difficult for the products to penetrate and be effective. The radiance of the skin is revealed by removing dead skin cells. This also prepares the skin for an influx of hydration and plumping. After hydrating the skin, you can use unique serums and treatments that contain high-performance ingredients. The final step is to seal all the hard work done by the previous skincare steps.

Let’s look at the serums we recommend now that you understand our skin care regimen better.

The Uniqueness of a Face Serum

Serums tend to be thinner and more transparent than moisturizers. They are also less viscous than gels but still more liquid than lotions. A facial serum contains more concentrated ingredients that target skin issues like acne and signs of aging. They are highly concentrated and only require a few drops to deliver results.

OnOur favorite serums is the Kate Somerville+Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate Serum, a powerful firming, smoothing, and brightening serum. We also love our Kx Active Serums, which target specific skin concerns such as age restoration, skin moisture, and powerful brightness.

Each of our clinically-formulated serums provides a specific benefit to the skin. Just a few drops on the hands or mixed with your favorite moisturizer, then massaged gently into the face, can improve the appearance and feel of the skin.

Use a Moisturizer to Get the Most Out of It

Face moisturizers are not created equal. Choosing a moisturizer that addresses your skin type or specific concerns is also important. For example, do not skip the moisturizer if you have an oily skin type. Choose a moisturizer that provides adequate hydration but not excessive moisturization. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer is a good example. The product is clinically designed to hydrate the skin without feeling greasy. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and reduces excess oil.

It is formulated with fruit extracts and glycolic and lactic acids that help exfoliate and reduce redness. This moisturizes thirsty, dry skin and gives it a beautiful glow.

OurĀ +Retinol Vit C Moisturizer can be a good option if you are starting to see the signs of aging, such as sagging, uneven texture, or lackluster skin. It is clinically formulated for firming, smoothing, and brightening skin overnight.

DeliKate Recovery Cream is perfect for stressed, irritated, or reactive skin. It’s packed with soothing ingredients, including a complex of peptides and ceramides. This cream has been proven to reduce visible redness, calm inflammation, and restore the skin’s protective layer.

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