A moisturiser is now an essential part of your beauty routine, but you might still be wondering about the benefits of other skincare products and the correct order in which to apply them, in particular a serum. A serum is actually one of the pillars of any beauty routine, along with a moisturiser. But should you apply your serum before or after your moisturiser? We explain the difference between these two products and how to combine them to best effect.
Serum and moisturiser: what is the difference?
A serum is the first product we apply to our skin and targets a very specific need. It contains a high concentration of active ingredients to provide a tailored response to a precise concern. Only a very small amount is needed to complement the action of a moisturiser. We therefore apply it before a day or night cream.
It differs from a moisturiser in its very thin and lighter texture, which is absorbed very rapidly by the skin and prepares it for subsequent products. A moisturiser, on the other hand, is a balanced mixture of water and oil (also called emulsion) that delivers an essential daily dose of comfort to the skin and helps to protect it from external aggressions.
From what age should you start using a serum?
There is no specific time to start using a serum and you can easily incorporate one in your routine from the age of 20. Simply pay attention to your skin and choose a serum tailored to its needs. For example, you might start with a moisturising serum and then move onto anti-ageing serums over time.
How should you choose your serum?
Serums come in different textures (aqueous, oil serums, ultra-light emulsions, etc.) and target different concerns. The most important thing is, of course, to choose your serum according to your preferences and your skin’s needs, which can vary with age, season, lifestyle, etc.
For very dehydrated skin, opt for a moisturising serum such as the Crème Fraîche® de Beauté Moisturising Serum. To target minor imperfections, reduce pores and counteract the effects of a busy lifestyle on the skin, choose the Crème Prodigieuse® Boost Energising Priming Concentrate.
For a firming and a lifting effect, choose the Merveillance® Expert Lift and Firm Serum, to replenish and renew, choose the Nuxuriance® Ultra Serum, and finally to nourish and provide a radiance boost for dry skin that has become more fragile with age, opt for the Nuxuriance® Gold Nutri-Revitalising Serum.
Finally, the ‘must-have’ anti-ageing serum: Super Serum , a real universal age-defying concentrate with natural hyaluronic acid and micro-spheres of fractionated botanical oils that helps skin behave as if it were 10 years younger*!
For organic aficionados, the certified organic NUXE BIO Organic Antioxidant Serum will help to keep your skin looking youthful and boost its radiance.
The right serum for every skin!