Aside from hygiene products, which are essential, if there are two basic products in a cosmetic routine, these are the cream and the serum .
Despite being very commonly confused, they are two products with a very different purpose . It is not a question of choosing one or the other, both have their place in an effective cosmetic routine and the ideal is that both complement each other .
What makes them different and complementary?
The difference between the serum and the cream is in its concentration of active ingredients and its texture , with the serum being less rich in fatty elements . Thanks to this, it is absorbed almost immediately , penetrating and reaching the deepest layers of the skin, to the very focus of the specific problem that you want to treat (aging, acne...). Its results are faster and more visible in the short term .
It does not leave the skin greasy , so the subsequent application of the cream can be done almost simultaneously to achieve the best results in the cosmetic routine.
Obviously its high concentration in assets means that it is a product with a higher price. However, when used in smaller doses , it is a cosmetic that spreads a lot.
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It is very clear that the most universally known cosmetic is cream . Its most important role is to hydrate and even nourish the skin to combat dryness caused by external aggressions such as stress, pollution, climate and its changes (cold, dryness...), etc. It is designed to provide flexibility and softness to the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, preserve the skin barrier and provide well-being to the skin.
Obviously, apart from this basic functionality, its formula can be enriched with different active ingredients that allow it to perform many other actions or adapt to different skin types.
By having a higher concentration of fatty substances , its density is greater . Therefore it is normal that it takes a little longer to be absorbed .
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Combine the serum and cream in your skincare for maximum effectiveness
After seeing the different roles of both cosmetics, it is easy to understand that they are by no means exclusive .
Both are necessary to most effectively address the care and preservation of the beauty and health of the skin.
The serum does not make your cosmetic routine complicated or prolonged. Not at all! It will only take you about 10 more seconds and the benefits your skin will achieve are enormous. If you choose to apply it only once, do it at night, which is when our skin regenerates the most and therefore, its benefits will be greater.
When to start using the serum and cream?
The recommendation is to start using the cream from the age of 20 or earlier if you need to hydrate and nourish the skin. As for serums , they should be incorporated into the cosmetic routine from the age of 25 to treat the skin more deeply. Unless you want to treat oily skin and acne , in which case it is recommended in adolescence .
What you should never do
- Do not apply the serum on top of makeup or after moisturizer.
- Do not apply the serum throughout the day without the skin being clean or prepared. It is essential to apply it in the morning and at night, right after cleansing or toner.
- Do not put on a makeup base without first having applied the serum or cream. If you do, you run a big risk of drying out your skin. It needs a protective layer.
- Do not apply the serum with a cotton ball, no matter how fluid it may seem to you. A good part of it would remain in the cotton. Do it directly with your fingers or hand.