The truth is there is no right answer. Anti-aging serums and anti-aging creams may target the same skin concerns but they are vastly different in texture and purpose, and depending on your skin type, you may need both or you may need only one.
In order to understand when or how to properly use anti-aging serums and anti-aging creams, it is important to first understand what they are.
❏ Lightweight in texture
❏ Made up of smaller molecules which allows the serum to be absorbed quickly
❏ Able to penetrate deeply into the skin
❏ Rich with the highest concentration of active ingredients to target specific skin concerns
❏ Prepares the skin for the next step in your regimen
❏ Thicker in texture
❏ Made up of larger molecules in order to fortify the natural skin barrier
❏ Deeply hydrating and moisturizing
❏ Able to lock in active ingredients as the final step in your regimen
Due to their differences, anti-aging serums and anti-aging creams can work together to reduce the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. While serums target specific problem areas, creams will enhance the natural skin barrier and provide hydration and moisturization to lock in the serum. That is why serums are applied after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. It allows the potent active ingredients to more effectively absorb into the different layers of the skin.
However, depending on your skin type, certain ingredients typically found in anti-aging skincare may actually exacerbate the skin. For instance, retinol is a name you may have come across numerous times, but for people with more sensitive skin, using retinol-based serums and creams may actually be an irritant. Gentler plant-derived alternatives like Bakuchiol Oil, which is extracted from Psoralea corylifolia plants, are more suitable in that case.
Certain oil-based serums may also be suitable only as a nightly skincare step, especially for people with oily skin, as that could overstimulate the sebum production and cause breakouts.
It is, therefore, important to understand what anti-aging serums and anti-aging creams are -- and equally as important: which specific ingredients and textures are suitable for your skin type. We are all on our own unique Skin Wellness journeys so choose the path that is right for you.