Somebody has very rightly said that “Invest in your skin because it is going to represent you for a very long time”. Your skin is a telltale indicator of how good or bad you feel. We all have some idea about facial oils, serums, balms and moisturizers—which all on paper seem to do the same thing, namely, nourish our skin. So mostly we end up replacing one with the other (credit also goes to pricey serums compared to reasonable moisturizers). Sometimes the replacing is correct but other times, its a wasteful act!
Do you know that these different bottles actually address different skin needs. Like your body requires various nutrients to aid the full range of bodily functions (like probiotics for a healthy gut or turmeric to fight inflammation), each component of your skin-care regimen has its own special benefit.
To really see improvement in your skin, you need to use products targeted for different skin issues. Using one serum or one oil blend can’t do it all. Thumb rule being to go by the weight of the product—from the lightest to heaviest. Generally, you cleanse and tone, and follow that with a serum, an oil, then moisturizer or balm.
So, here is a better introduction of these products to you so that you understand your skin care products much better:-
- Serum: The Fairy Dust
They are mostly expensive and that’s for a reason! Serums give a dramatic improvement to your skin. They are magical and hence expensive. These are usually water-based and gel-like. The texture is light and absorbent. They specifically protect against moisture loss, anti-aging and improve your skin’s barrier function. Serums also act as a transport system, meaning that they intensify what you put on afterwards.
When shopping for a serum, look for one that targets your biggest skin issue, since they cater to your specific skin concerns, whether it’s hyper-pigmentation, anti-aging or acne.
If you have very oily skin, serum can take the place of a moisturizer.
2. Facial Oil: The Nurturer
Facial Oils give you brightness and nourishment. They’re typically full of essential fatty acids and vitamins that feed your skin useful nutrients that’ll give your face that coveted radiance.
All you need is a couple of drops either mixed in with or right before your moisturizer (or balm). Although you can choose between an oil and a serum, but the latter grants more targeted results while the former helps soften the skin and relieve any flakiness.
3. Moisturizer: The Hydrator
It protects and hydrates your skin. Whereas serums are more targeted, moisturizers are occlusive and seal the rest of your skin-care products in.
The product is a mixture of oil and water, and tends to have either a shea butter, beeswax, or soy wax within it to keep the formula thick and bonded.
Choose between a moisturizer and a balm as the final step in your skin-care routine—both are more luxe, protective layers of hydration.
4. Balm: The Protector
Though balms are also occlusive, they differ from moisturizers since they don’t have any water in them. Balms are like a solid oil that will turn into a liquid oil on your face. You use a very small amount, since they’re concentrated, whereas with moisturizers you use more. They’re great for the winter since they provide a nourishing, protective top layer on your skin.
Though both moisturizers and balms are good for getting that plumped complexion, the latter product is ideal for really dry, flaky skin, periods of acute dryness, or for travelling.
So now you know the basic difference between a serum, facial oil, moisturizer and a balm! and thus you have a better idea about your skin-care products.
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