Choosing the right skin care product is important for maintaining healthy skin. Some products are overpriced and make claims they can’t prove. With so many skin care products on the market, how to choose the best possible solution?
Leading dermatologists and cosmetologists answer the question: Facial serum versus facial cream – what really works?
What is the definition of a facial cream vs a facial serum?
A facial cream is one that is used cosmetically for softening and cleaning the skin, e.g: cold cream, vanishing cream, emollient, ointment or even toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin.
A facial serum on the other hand is a product made up of lighter oils and other ingredients, intended to hold active ingredients against the skin for better penetration. It is “widely” considered a treatment rather than a moisturizer.
Many people often get confused about the differences between a skin care cream and a facial serum. You may think that these two approaches sound very similar, but they are quite different in many ways.
Facial creams have been around for a long time and are still the most popular form of skin care – even our grandmothers most likely included moisturizers in their skin care regimen. However, facial serums are the last word of modern technology and are gaining loyal followers quickly.
Skin experts say, a facial cream has larger molecules than a serum. Therefore, skin care creams are used to treat mostly the surface level of the skin. On the other hand, a facial serum has smaller molecules than a moisturizer. Consequently, a serum has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin and to add nutrients into deeper layers of the skin that a moisturizing cream for instance, is not able to reach. They are much finer in texture than creams and are more readily absorbed into the skin.
Serums are highly concentrated and extremely potent. They contain around from 10-15 times more of the active ingredients than skin care creams. The facial serum’s ability to reach deep layers of the skin and deliver a high level of active ingredients means it can help battle many common beauty complaints.
Because of the large molecules in a facial cream’s structure it is very hard for your skin to breathe. Alternatively, premium skin care serums such as RG-CELL, contain hyaluronic acid that supports hydration to the skin and allows skin to breath more than a cream moisturizer. This makes them perfect for your pores when moving from a cold environment to a hot environment during the day.
On the other hand some creams have ingredients that are meant to hydrate and protect the skin. However, they may be watered down or the manufacturing process may soften the effectiveness of the active ingredients. This is why dermatologists and cosmetologists recommend the use of cutting edge concentrates, known as serums.
Skin care companies would claim that you need both, but this may not be entirely correct. Facial serums such as RG-CELL contain natural ingredients that support stem cell growth, replenish, nourish and repair the look of aging skin. However, if you are in your 20s years old and your skin is healthy and well maintained with your regular skin care cream, there is no need to rush off to buy a serum.
What should you avoid when choosing a facial serum or cream?
In both cases, make sure that you are choosing natural skin care products that truly are what they claim to be. Natural facial products utilize naturally derived ingredients that are unspoiled by chemicals and undergo a minimum number of processes.
Using an organic facial skin care product instead of synthetic is like eating fruit and vegetables instead of taking a vitamin. Your body loves the real thing! Natural nutrients are always better absorbed by the skin than synthetic ones.
Many products on the market are silicone based. Silicones are plastic-based polymers that form a plastic film over your skin, making it appear temporarily smoother. Over time, with this invisible waterproof layer over the skin cells, your skin may become inflamed, dehydrated and congested.
Avoid skin care products that contain SD Alcohol 40 or Denatured Alcohol. These ingredients are dehydrating which will encourage dry skin cell build up.
Always consider your skin type and have fun experimenting with the best solution for your face and skin and watch the dramatic results unfold, naturally!