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Serums and Face Cream: Do You Need to Use Both?

September 12, 2018 | BY Delaine Padilla

Let’s be real here: Serums can come with a hefty price tag and are often confusing on how to use. If your cabinet is already equipped with skincare essentials like sunscreen and a face cream, would you still need to add a serum into your beauty regimen?

If you’re asking yourself the same question, well, you’re not the only one. In fact, most consumers believe that serums also work as a moisturizer. Although there is some truth to it, you may still want to add a serum into your routine along with your moisturizer.

For you to decide whether you should use both a serum and a moisturizer, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

We took it upon ourselves to enlighten you by breaking down what you need to know about serums and face creams:

What is a Serum?

Serums are lightweight moisturizers that travel deep into the layers of the skin to deliver high-potent ingredients.It is a skincare product that can be applied to the skin after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing with the intent to penetrate directly into the skin. Since the molecules in serums are very small, the high concentration of active ingredients in the product can reach the deepest layers of the skin to maximize the benefits of the active ingredients. Serums tend to be on the pricier end than other skin care products because it contains potent ingredients. You will find it worthy to invest in since every drop contains active ingredients - a little goes a long way which means you’re getting a great bang for your buck here!

Serums have a variety of functions such as helping with anti-aging skin, skin brightening, and acne prevention. The regular use of serums can help the skin become firmer, brighter, smoother, minimize the size of the pores and increase the skins hydration!

Yes, it does work as a moisturizer. However, skin experts and dermatologists recommend using them in conjunction with a hydrating face cream. People with very oily skin can depend on serums alone for hydration, but most will still definitely need a daily moisturizer and if out in the sun, add in some SPF.  

Simply put, serums are a helpful step that you can add to your routine to give your skin a younger, fresher and healthier appearance. It makes for a great aid in your pursuit to age gracefully.

What we recommend:

The GoPure Vitamin C Serum is water based - for easy absorption and faster penetration - with ingredients that keep the skin looking young and feeling soft. Our Original formula combines Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe and Vitamin E to add skin beautifying benefits to the antioxidant power of Vitamin C.   

What is a Face Cream?


Face creams or moisturizers have larger molecules than that of a serum. This means it does not penetrate as deep as serums can. A face cream works in the surface of the skin to deposit moisture and nutrients.

Moisturizers helps fight wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration and rough patches on the surface of the skin but does not have the same ability to fight as deep as face serums can. Serums also leave out the heavier ingredients to face creams and contain a higher proportional concentration of active ingredients.



What we recommend:

The GoPure Vitamin C Moisturizer is packed with Vitamin C as well as naturally derived skin care ingredients including: Green Tea, Vitamin B5, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter. You can enjoy deeply hydrated skin that stays moisturized throughout the day and enjoy the benefits of Vitamin C - the key ingredient in this cream.

Can you use Serum as a Moisturizer?

The answer is Yes and No. Although most serums contain highly-hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid or Ceramides (two superstar ingredients in helping retain skin’s moisture), it is not considered a moisturizer in the traditional sense. Face creams have richer and thicker formulas that create a barrier on top of the skin to keep all the good stuff in. Therefore, it is crucial to always end your daily skincare routine with a moisturizer or in the evening, a thicker night cream.

Serums can address a variety of skincare issues, but you cannot essentially replace your moisturizer with it. It can only boost the hydrating effects of your face cream. Since moisturizers are creamier and thicker, they effectively prevent water loss and rehydrate the skin.

 Apart from moisturizing your skin, some face creams are also formulated with anti-aging ingredients to do double duty. But if you really wish to address difficult skin problems like visible signs of aging or sun damage, a combination of a quality serum and moisturizer can seal the deal.

Do You Need Both?

It depends. On what? Your skin type, skin issues that you’d like to address, and the goals that you have for your skin. If you’re currently struggling with skin aging, acne or uneven skin tone, adding a serum to your daily routine along with a moisturizer can make a difference.

 But if age-fighting, skin brightening, or acne prevention is not a big concern, a good quality moisturizer should be good enough to maintain hydration on your skin.

 GoPure Beauty offers a selection of skincare set that includes both serum and moisturizer to work hand in hand in fighting early signs of aging and keeping your skin young and healthy.

Bottom Line

Serums and face creams help the skin in different ways. However, adding a serum to your daily skin care routine along with a face cream can significantly improve the appearance of your skin, especially if you have problems with early signs of aging or dark spots. There are cases where a serum or a moisturizer alone can be enough for your skin’s needs, nevertheless, using them both can make all the difference to your skin’s current condition.






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