Facial Serums or moisturizers?

Have you ever wondered why some people choose facial serums over moisturizers, or vice-versa? Preferences can be due to nostalgia, what each product contains, or what is needed for a particular skin type. My mother still swears by creams that she’s used since she was a little girl. Times have changed, and we are learning more everyday to be able to up our ‘skin game.’

What is the difference between moisturizers and serums?

The simple answer is the size of the molecule and the deliver methods of the nutrients. Serums tend to be thinner and better able to be absorbed into the skin, while moisturizers tend to made of bigger molecules and stay on the surface. As you can imagine, they provide different benefits due to their composition. Depending on what you are looking for, they can benefit any skin care routine.

Benefits of serums vs moisturize

Moisturizers have been around since skin care routines began. They are exceptional at locking in moisture and adding a layer of protection to the skin. This is beneficial for people with dry skin or during the dry winter months. The problem with moisturizers is that they are made of large molecules so they just sit on top of the skin. They can not deliver nutrients deep into the skin layers. Unlike moisturizers, serums are made of much smaller molecules and tends to be a thinner liquid. This gives them the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. If the serum contains nutrients like Vit C, then it can repair damaged skin at a deeper level. Personally I like serums for many reason and below I will give you 5 really good ones.

Benefits of serums

They work: They contain 70% active ingredients and deliver it quickly. Unlike moisturizers which contain between 5-10% of active ingredients.

Zero fillers: Unlike other skin care products, serums are usually made of peptides, nutrients and mineral. Nothing to react with your skin

Fewer breakouts: Got acne? Switch from your cream to a serum. Serums have a water consistency which doesn’t clog pores.

A less oily complexion: Serums absorb quickly in the skin which helps with hydration so your skin doesn’t overproduce oil to compensate. This leaves your skin refreshed and glowing, not greasy.

You’ll save money: While serums can be expensive, it actually works. No more wasting money with moisturizers that don’t get the job done. They also last a really long time so a little bit goes a long way

Here are my top 5 favorite serums

TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum is striking. See thousands of reviews from real Amazon customers below rave about brighter, fresher looking skin, improved tone and clarity, smaller pores, less breakouts, fine lines and dark spots.

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

You’ll see results! This premium, high potency, anti-aging Vitamin C Serum formulation will produce visible changes with evening and brightening your tone while helping to boost collagen and improve clarity, texture and overall appearance.

Eva Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Packed with vitamins, essential oils, and organic ingredients like Aloe, this potent blend is a complexion clearing serum and dry skin treatment all in one! They focus on natural ingredients to keep our formula safe and effective for all skin types.

Foxbrim Peptide Complex Serum

Foxbrim sources the finest natural and organic ingredients, then scientifically crafts proven products that enhance your natural beauty and give you the confidence you need to live the life you want.

InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum

This pure Vitamin C, anti-wrinkle serum with ingredients like Vitamin E, Organic Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Oil. Pair to other products in your skin care regimen for a youthful glow. While this serum easily acts as a remover for those pesky signs of aging, it’s also perfect for preventing them from forming in the future.

Next up, we will discuss the benefits of moisturizers. I know, I know, I just said they were had their disadvantages but every product has it’s prupose. Until next time…


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Everyone has struggles in life but when it comes to health concerns, people are often dismissed. This is especially true in the hormone world. I get it. As someone who has gone through chronic stress, abuse, hormone issues and massive weight loss, I have experienced many things my patients are feeling.

Dr. Faith Coats, NMD

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