What’s the difference between Anti-Ageing Creams vs Serums? How do you decide on the best anti-aging skin treatment for your skin? Is a cream or serum better? What will give you the best results? The main difference between the two is how they work. The biggest difference between a serum and a cream is what the formulation doesn’t include.
Creams are used to hydrate, nourish, or soften the skin, and may provide extra benefits, common to signs of ageing. The molecules in creams are relatively large and cannot penetrate deep into the skin like a serum and usually function only at a surface-level. The thicker, heavier ingredients in creams form a barrier on your skin, locking in moisture. But it can also lock active ingredients out.
Benefits of Anti-Ageing creams
- Moisturisers form a barrier between the skin and environmental conditions, helping form a fine, protective layer that enables the skin to retain moisture.
- Dry skin and ageing skin derive the maximum benefits from a moisturiser as a lack of moisture on the skin causes it to become dry and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
- Moisturisers improve skin texture.
- Moisturising will make your skin feel more comfortable, and remove dry flaky skin.
Which moisturiser is best for your skin type?
The type of moisturiser you require depends on your lack of moisture (dehydrated skin) or lack of oil (dry skin)
- Oily, combination skin – like a light non oily, hydrating moisturiser
- Dehydrated skin – a medium to light hydrating water based cream
- Sensitive skin – a medium textured, water & oil based cream which gives good barrier protection, without being greasy
- Dry skin – like a rich oil based nourishing cream, they can feel on their skin and lasts all day as this skin lacks oil
- Natural Zinc SPF sun protection cream should be part of all skin care routines, regardless of what other products you’re using. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is always applied as your last product.
Serums, on the other hand, are highly concentrated super-efficient skin treatments that have smaller molecules and are therefore able to easily absorb deeper into the skin, working immediately. They contain concentrated doses of active ingredients like anti-ageing antioxidants, peptides, retinaldehyde (Vit A), niacinamide (Vit B) Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate ((Vit C) alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), CoQ10, epidermal growth factors and skin brighteners. They are the true workhorses and the top pick in skin care.
Benefits of Anti-Ageing Serums
- Serums target particular skin concerns
- Such as ageing skin, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, loss of elasticity, rosacea, enlarged pores, sensitive inflamed skin etc
- They contain concentrated levels of ingredients
- They work to reverse visible signs of ageing in the skin
- They penetrate quickly into the deep layers of the skin
Which serum is best for your skin type?
The type of serum you require depends on what you want achieve?
- Combination, oily, acne skin types – want to balance oil production, refine enlarged pores, clear break out and heal scars
- Irritated sensitive skin, and rosacea – want to ‘destress’ skin, diffuse redness, remove inflammation and restore normal balance and proper skin function.
- Ageing, dry skin – need to nourish and feed skin, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and restore normal hydration levels.
- Hyperpigmentation and sun damaged skin – want a firmer skin with an even skin tone, a smooth texture and a return of skin luster and vibrancy
When introducing a serum for the first time it’s advised to start using it two to three times a week and then gradually build up to using it every day. The idea is to build your tolerance to the serum in the safest way possible as you introduce your skin to the high amount of active ingredients.
The best anti-ageing or treatment skin care routine is to incorporate a serum and a cream. The serum treats specific skin conditions in the deeper layers of your skin and the moisturiser hydrates and nourishes the upper layers of your skin giving you the perfect way to go.