Everyone has a preference on how to put on makeup – mascara before foundation and lipstick last no matter what is the best way, obviously – but when it comes to our skin care routine, does the order matter? After you take off your makeup and wash your face, what happens next: serum, moisturizer or both? We’ve broken down the difference between these seemingly competing products, so you can have perfectly hydrated skin without the confusion!
Let’s start with the basics. Moisturizers deliver water to your skin, while trapping in the moisture, leaving your skin looking dewy and refreshed. On the other hand, serums penetrate deep into the skin, helping target specific problems such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Depending on the problem you want to solve, one or the other will work fine. However, if you are going to use both, it’s important to apply serum first and moisturizer second, in order to allow the serum to go deeply into your skin and the moisturizer to keep everything in place.
When shopping for serums, look for ones that are designed for your skin type and skin problem. The Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum ($80) is made for all types of skins. It is made with vitamin C, pumpkin ferment extract, pomegranate enzyme, and other antioxidants, nutrients and fruit enzymes. It works to brighten skin, fix uneven skin tone, firm skin and keep it hydrated for up to 72 hours.
The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum ($48) is also made for any skin type. It utilizes rose ingredients, hyaluronic acid, angelica leaf extract, algae and more to reduce dryness and hydrate and firm skin. Like many serums, this product works best when combined with a moisturizer, like the complementary Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer ($42), which utilizes rosewater and rose flower oil to sooth and nourish skin and hydro patches to seal in moisture.
Another great moisturizer for all skin types is the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter ($42). It is made with 100 percent pure organ oil, essential fatty acids, vitamin E, watermelon seed oil, shea butter, fresh cucumber extract and aloe nectar that work together to deliver glowing, soft skin.
Skin care is easy with a little knowledge and the right products. There is a place in your routine for serum and moisturizer – use both and your skin will never be happier!
Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.