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Do you find yourself confused by the terms facial serum, moisturizer, or cream? If so, you are not alone.  If you are wondering what the difference is between a  serum and a lotion, for example, you are in the right place.

The difference between a moisturizing cream or lotion and a serum is in the molecular structure of the products. A serum is a thick liquid usually loaded up with vitamins and minerals and other anti-aging compounds with a small molecular structure that enables it to penetrate the skin more easily.  A lotion or cream has a larger molecular structure and botanicals contains moisturizing ingredient that only treat the top layer of skin, the epidermis.

Because of a smaller molecular structure a serum is able to penetrate much deeper into your skin and deliver it’s age-defying ingredients more deeply for a more long-term effect. The larger molecules of creams and lotions are topical and treat the visible layer of skin for an instant beauty boost.

So should you use a serum, or a lotion or cream? The answer is yes to all of the above.  Here’s why.

Moisturizers, creams and lotions are necessary to hydrate your skin and provide protection from the environment, think sunscreen.  These types of products are treating the skin from the outside.

A serum’s ability to penetrate into the dermis means the vitamins and minerals it delivers get deeper into the skin layers. It is treating your skin from the inside out.  A serum is more highly concentrated and useful to address specific skin problems that cannot always be treated topically. They are also able to deliver your anti-aging products deeper into the skin so they can affect real change to heal damaged cells and build up the support matrix beneath the skin made up of collagen and elastin. This will smooth out lines and deeper wrinkles the way a lotion or cream cannot.

To really take care of your skin, especially when you are older, you should be using both a serum and moisturizing lotions, creams or gels.

Choosing A Serum

A good serum should feel thick and rich, but not oily. This is especially important to know if you have acne prone skin. Avoid any serum with SD Alcohol 40 or Denatured Alcohol in the ingredients list. These are harsh, dehydrating compounds and could be irritating to your skin.

The serum you choose should be loaded up with anti-aging vitamins and minerals. Bonapiel Vitamin C Serumis a good choice because it delivers a healthy shot of C deep into the dermis where it can stimulate collagen production, a protein that our bodies produce less of as we age. When that happens the support bands beneath our skin weaken and the result is loose, saggy skin that wrinkles easily.

Bonapiel formulates Vitamin C Facial Serum so that it has a gel-like consistency that is quickly absorbed and does not leave an oily residue behind.

Best Results With A Serum

Use a serum every day to get the best results. To get the most out of your serum wash your face using a mild exfoliate first. Then gently apply the serum around the entire face but avoiding the eyes and lips. Let it have a couple of minutes to settle into your skin completely, then follow it up with a rich hydrating moisturizer.

One trick that you can try is to store your moisturizer in the refrigerator and apply it over your serum chilled. This will have the effect of pushing blood away from the skin and pulling the serum deeper into your dermis to more effectively deliver its potent anti-aging compounds.

Do you have a trick in your beauty routine to share? We’d love to hear it.


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