What Is A Skin Serum? Are Skin Serums Worth It?

What Is A Skin Serum? Are Skin Serums Worth It?

What do you think? Are Skin serums worth it? Why should I even bother about them?

Well, if you have asked yourself the above questions, chances are you’ve heard a lot about serum but are still sceptical as to whether you should start investing in it and add it to your skin care ritual, to achieve a healthy well-maintained skin.

It’s okay scepticism isn’t completely a bad thing. Sometimes it opens the way to a lot more knowledge and understanding, and even opportunities–highly lucrative and legitimate ones.

To turn your scepticism into a depth of knowledge and understanding rather than missing out on that which is beneficial to you, I would be exploring the importance of skin serums in your skin care regimen.

Before I continue, let’s firstly look at the definition of skin serum.

What Is A Skin Serum? Serum

Skin serums are skin care liquid products that are highly concentrated with active ingredients. They are lighter than a moisturizer and slightly thicker than a toner and essence.

Their lightweight formula allows them to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, while also targeting specific skin concerns.

I know by now you must be wondering, aren’t moisturizers formulated to target skin concerns as well? If so, why do I have to take the step of adding another product to my skin care products? Are skin serums even worth it? And your questions go on, and on, non-stop.

It is understandable that you feel that way. And you are not wrong my dear, moisturizers are also usually formulated to target specific skin concerns. Just that there is some tad difference in how they work. Their difference is highly significant, and make them unique on their own.

How Do They Work? The Difference Between Serums And Moisturizers!

Although moisturizers do possess moisturizing and hydrating properties just like serums, Their two highly significant properties are they’re being humectants and occlusives.

Which means, they have the ability to draw water content from the atmosphere or the environment to the skin surface, and also create a barrier on it to prevent the escape of moisture (water) from the skin to the atmosphere.

Whereas, serums do not create any barrier on the skin, nor do they attract water or moisture to it. Instead, they deliver the nutrients in them directly into the skin, which makes them be much more effective in fighting specific skin concerns rooted deeply beneath the layers of the skin.

In other words, you could say, serums keep the skin healthy and maintained from within, while moisturizers do the same but not as much from the surface. They both work hand in hand.

Although serums can mostly water-based, they can also be oil based as well depending on what they are designed to do.

Different Types Of Serum… Choosing The Right One

Now that you have gotten a better understanding of the importance of serum and how they work from the above paragraph, choosing the right one for your needs is just as important as well.

To know which one is right for you, you should always read the description on any serum you are thinking of investing in to know what they are formulated to do.

Below are different types of serums based on their specifications.

Different Types of Serums

1. Hydrating Serums: This kind of serums are especially great for those with dry skin types in need of extra hydration. It can also be used by those with oily skin types as well. Usually formulated to keep the skin well hydrated from within. They contain ingredients like Vitamin E, Hyaluronic acid, and Glycerin.

2. Soothing & Calming Serums: Skin types with a sensitive skin condition (or sensitive skin types in other words) with itching sensation, redness, bumps and rashes, burn, and other symptoms associated with it, would benefit a great deal from serums that are formulated to provide soothing and calming effects.

Acne-prone skin types can also benefit from this kind of serums. They usually contain ingredients like Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Licorice Root, White Tea, and Chamomile etc.

3. Exfoliating Serums: Designed to gently exfoliate the skin by removing the dead skin cells, and allowing for skin generation and renewal. Also, great for any skin types.

4. Brightening Serums: This kind of serums helps to eliminate dark spots, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, discolourations, and also brightens the appearance of dull skin. Usually formulated with Vitamin C.

Serums that contain Vitamin C should be restricted to night use only, or if it is going to be used during the day, a good sunscreen should be applied, because they tend to make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

5. Firming & Anti-Aging Serums: Usually formulated to fight wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and every other symptom associated with ageing skin. This kind of serums are usually ultra rich in antioxidants and contain ingredients like Vitamin A.

Apply Serums The Right Way…

During your skin care routine, following your cleansing step and your application of toner which helps to further cleanse your skin, the next step should be your serum application which helps to deliver lots of active ingredients into the skin.

It is best to apply it when the skin is still damp from the toner before it dries up completely. Pour a few drops directly on the skin, and gently pat in with your fingertips until completely absorbed.

Thereafter, you should follow it with your moisturizer. You shouldn’t apply your moisturizer before serum unless the serum is oil-based!

Remember, from the explanation above, serums are light-weight, and moisturizers are thicker and create a barrier on the skin that doesn’t allow it to lose its water contents.

Applying your serum, in this case, water-based serums, after your moisturizer would prevent it from penetrating the skin thereby making it evade its main purpose.

But, when a serum is oil-based, it is best to apply it after your moisturizer, or even mix it with your moisturizer, to provide a more lasting moisturizing and hydrating effect all through the day.

In Conclusion

Skin serums are worth it! They are worth your time. They are worth your money!

They are not only beneficial for those with dry skin, but they are also beneficial for those with Oily, Combination, and Normal skin types respectively.

Adding a skin serum to your skin care ritual would take your steps a lot further by providing more benefits to it. Thereby achieving more pleasing and beautiful results to your overall skin health.

I hope and wish with this article your questions have been answered. And, your scepticism has been replaced with a knowledge-based affirmation of the importance of serum.

Do you use serums or are you considering using them? Would like to hear your opinion and experience on how beneficial serums are. Write down your comments below!

To a delightful step and a more dazzling you… Tohin


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  1. Thank you for providing such informational content. I didn’t know until reading your article, I have been applying my serum at the wrong time. Hopefully now I will not be wasting money and the serum can do it’s job of fighting the even dreaded wrinkles.

    1. Now that you know the right way to apply your serum, I believe it is definitely going to produce an optimum result.

      All the best in your beautiful skin journey!

  2. GENERAL says:

    Good Post! I found this very informative and easy to understand. I personally have wondered just what a skin serum actually is and now I know.
    I do have a suggestion. Considering answering the Question that the article asks first. (what is a skin serum?) You do so beautifully in the section below your opening paragraph.
    Overall I Loved this post Good Luck!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind remark, General.
      Plus, so good to know you now have a better understanding of what skin serums are.

      Wishing you the very best as well!

  3. Lovely post and page!! Your layout is amazing and I can definitely tell you have been hard at work on your website! I hope to have mine up and running and look as exquisite as yours! 🙂

    1. Sweetheart! Do not worry, yours will soon be as exquisite as well. Just remain dedicated and enjoy what you do.

      All the very best!😘😘
      And, cheering you on.✊

  4. Scarlett says:

    I was so glad to find this article. I didn’t know the difference between moisturizers and serum. My sister had been after me to try it. But, I didn’t see the need since I use a really good moisturizer for dry skin. Thank you so much for all the info on the different types. I’m going to check these options.

    1. It is my pleasure, Scarlett.
      And I must say, you’re absolutely going to be astonished on how different and even better your skin would start to feel once you start incorporating the right serum in your skincare routine.

      Remain beautiful and healthy too, Dear!

  5. I’m glad I came across this article. I always wondered why I should buy a serum and/or instead of a lotion; if they are interchangeable.

    Are these okay for sensitive skins?

    I’d be interested to read an article on hair products too if you do one. There are mousses and there are oils and I never quite know which I should use.

    1. They are absolutely okay for sensitive skin as far as it says so on the description, or better still always go for the ones that are formulated specifically for a sensitive skin condition like the soothing and calming types.

      Writing contents on hair product is part of my long-term goals and plans. Will get to that as soon as have written enough helpful articles on skin and skincare as a whole.
      And, I would like to chip in that I believe you would like them as well because I have been doing a lot of experiment on that since the past year.

      Anyways, stay tuned, and do remain healthy and safe while doing so!😘


  6. Hi,
    Thanks for the informative article. I have just gotten into skin serums as an alternative to moisturisers and I’m finding the skin serum to be a really gentle and effective alternative.

    1. They are indeed worth it, especially if you go for the ones that that right for your needs.
      I’m glad I got to know of your great experience with them.



  7. Hi Tohin,

    Great information! Cleared a lot up for me regarding skin serum. While I have not personally tried it, I have thought about purchasing it as gifts for others but wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I would never have known that there were so many! Thank you.

    1. It is my pleasure, Dan.
      Glad that the article made it a lot clearer to you now.

      And you can check out this article for a list of top 10 serums for dry skin.

      I hope you find what interests you!


  8. Great article, lots of information about skin serums i did not know before. I do suffer with dry skin so i think i might invest in some hydrating serums.

    Regards, Lewis.

    1. I believe you wouldn’t regret your decision to invest in hydrating serums.

      Warmest Regards,

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