Face Serum and a Moisturizer

Face Serum Vs Moisturizer- What’s the Difference?

There are many different skincare products that are formulated to make the skin in your face look radiant, smooth and flawless. Two such products that are very popular are face serums and moisturizers. Most people are confused with the two but it is not really that complicated. Read on to determine if you’re really looking for a face serum or just a plain moisturizer.

What Makes Face Serums Special?

Most facial serums also contain one or a combination of moisturizing ingredients. However, these formulations have the added benefit of containing nutrients that nourish the skin. Generally, facial serums contain anti-aging ingredients that delay the development of aging signs on the skin. There are also special formulations that are designed to reduce and eventually get rid of already visible skin aging signs like fine lines and wrinkles. A face serum can also be designed to address skin problems such as acne or hyperpigmentation.

Face serums are usually applied after using a toner, right before applying moisturizer on the skin. In most cases, it is unnecessary to apply a moisturizer afterwards. This is the case if the formulation of the facial serum already includes moisturizing ingredients such as squalane and hyaluronic acid.

Essentially, face serums contain special active ingredients for a specific purpose such as diminishing skin aging signs, lightening the skin or eliminating acne. Thus, choosing one depends on your goals. If you just need to treat or prevent dryness and keep your skin hydrated, you probably just need an ordinary moisturizer.

Choosing a Face Serum

Face Serum

As mentioned, choosing a facial serum depends on your goals. You need to know the active ingredients that are proven to deliver specific results. For instance, if you’re looking for an anti-aging face serum for addressing fine lines and wrinkles, look for powerful peptides such as Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Dipeptide DiaminobutyroylBenzylamide Diacetate and Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1. These advanced peptides work similarly to Botox injections, inhibiting muscle contraction and instantly reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Proven Anti-Acne

If you’re looking for a product that treats or prevents acne, look for proven anti-acne ingredients such as salicylic acid, zinc oxide and colloidal sulfur. These key ingredients work best in spot acne treatments to get rid of acne fast. If you’re in the market for a skin brightening formulation, look for products that use gentle, natural ingredients. Avoid facial serums that contain harsh ingredients such as hydroquinone which can cause adverse effects or even worsen hyperpigmentation.


Face serums utilize special ingredients for specific purposes such as treating acne, lightening the skin or eliminating/preventing acne. Moisturizers are only designed to keep the skin hydrated and address/prevent skin dryness. Choosing one depends on what results you want to get. Take note of the proven active ingredients mentioned if you’re looking for a specific face serum.

Get the latest Solvaderm news, skin care tips and advice straight to your inbox!

Get Email Updates »