What is the difference between a wrinkle serum and a wrinkle cream?
Usually, it is the difference in texture and purpose. Serums are more often lighter and more liquid. They are designed to get anti-aging ingredients, like CoQ10, peptides, vitamins and retinol into your skin quickly. Most of the time, they are designed to work with the addition of a wrinkle cream or skin moisturizer.
Serums are fast absorbing and lightweight. They should be applied first in an extended moisturizing routine. Although they are usually water-based, serums are not meant to hydrate the skin, they are meant to nourish it, by transferring chemically based anti-aging materials into the skin.
The general thought in an anti-aging moisturizing routine is that in the daytime, your routine should concentrate on hydration and protection - moisturizer and UV ray blockers.
At night, your routine would center on regeneration of your skin cells, as well as hydration. Night is logical for skin cellular repair and regeneration, because this is what happens to your body when you sleep – repair and regeneration. The products you use just helps older skin boost these activities, which slow down considerably as we age.
This is why the new generation of cosmeceuticals products is so confusing. Basically, instead of dealing with one multi-purpose lotion, you can wind up with four or more - serum, wrinkle cream, eye serum and eye wrinkle cream.
The skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face. It is thinner and more delicate. Often, generic skin care products are too harsh for this area, especially if you wear contact lenses or glasses.
However, a serious anti-aging skin care regimen can work as a non-surgical face-lift, with all the benefits that entails. The cost is much less than a face lift and there is no pain, discomfort or recovery time involved.
You should remember that wrinkle serums tend to be concentrated. Unlike moisturizer, which one tends to slather on, wrinkle serums should be dabbed on and stretched to cover as much skin as possible, using the smallest amount of serum. This is definitely a case where less is more.
So, do you really need a wrinkle serum and a wrinkle cream or moisturizer?
Serums can actually dry out your skin. Remember, it’s a delivery system for chemicals, not a hydrator. Many people who have problems with wrinkle serums are not following a full extended moisturizing routine by hydrating their skin with a wrinkle cream after using a serum.
And finally, although serums are made to accompany creams and moisturizers, sometimes they interfere with the application of additional lotions. Wait 15 to 20 minutes after applying a serum, before you apply a cream or lotion. Although 20 minutes is a huge break in your routine, your skin has a better chance of absorbing the materials in your serum. Topical application of certain ingredients is tricky, as the molecules have to be small enough to penetrate the layers of your skin. Applying a second product too soon could wind up negating the benefits in either product. The chemicals in a wrinkle cream or moisturizer can block a wrinkle serum from penetrating your skin.