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If I do this am I committing a skincare sin? I’ve used moisturiser all my life but recently started using serum. The thought occurred to me other day that my make up might stay on better if I just used serum instead of moisturiser rather than as well as. It worked ok but I’m wondering if I continue to do this will my skin suffer? I’m the opposite of a skincare expert and I find it all a bit baffling so any advice appreciated
I use just one or the other. The industry encourages us to use as many product as possible because we buy more, use more, buy again. Double cleansing, different creams for day/night, layering serum and moisturiser, different creams for eyes/necks/boobs/legs/hands/feet? Hmmm!
Serums tend to be more concentrated on active ingredients and use carrier solutions that penetrate further into the dermis. Moisturisers jobs are principally to create a barrier to trap and add moisture to the skin, and may have additional active ingredients too - but the effect will be diluted by the moisturising ingredients. Serums can do a number of things depending on their principle ingredient. I use The Ordinary range of serums as they are high in well tested actives, and super reasonably priced.
I use a mixture of serums on different days. In the mornings I use hylauronic acid to plump up my skin before I use a factor 50 moisturiser on top. In the evenings I use either a retinoid serum ( wrinkle action) or niacinamide + zinc ( spots and skin tone) - once a week I'll use a lactic acid serum to exfoliate
Thanks all. I do use a primer but my make up never looks perfect hours into the day. I don’t know about all this skincare stuff. I would have to spend a complete fortune trying all these things to see which worked for me, acid toners, serums, oils, and the list goes on. I can’t really afford to get into it although I’m always tempted when I see people recommending things on her. Maybe it is a marketing ploy, I don’t know. At least no one has said my face will fall off if I stop using moisturiser and use serum instead! It feels ok so far. Thanks
I used a moisturising serum instead of moisturiser for a long while. It was perfectly fine for my quite oily skin which would break out when using moisturisers.
In my opinion, this idea that we have to use moisturiser and serum - and if it doesn't work, then pile more products on top, is a matter of marketing, sales tactics and self-proclaimed experts coming up with rules on how to get the perfect skin, making long lists of products they are selling/paid to promote/sent for free for advertising purposes. It should be far more about finding products that work for you. If you prefer using a moisturising serum instead of a moisturiser, then do that. If your skin feels and looks better during the day, then surely that's proof that it's working for you.
I've used. Serum for years and would never go back to a moisturiser. I do only use 100% natural ones. They are anhydrous, I.e. Contain no water, just the oils. So you are getting so much nicer ingredients for your skin as moisturisers contain water, and therefore preservatives (often though not always parabens) and these are not ideal for skin.
I used to use Balm Balms Rosehip serum. and I've used others, from smaller less commercial skincare makers. I'm now using a concoction of my own having bought a small selection of oils from a soap making site, mixed together, and put into a small bottle that I got from Superdrug, I didn't bither with any essential oils as I don't know eniugh about them but the mixture works well.
I don't do in for claims like reduces wrinkles, etc. I just want smooth hydrated skin and find that 100% natural works well for me. It also acts as a good primer for foundation
I also make my own cleanser. . At the start of the year I buy 250ml of sweet almond oil, 100ml of castor oil and 250ml of borage oil. Roughly half of each gets mixed in a nice brown pump bottle, and the whole lot lasts me the whole year. Soooo much cheaper than shop bought and my I don't get dry skin any more.
Wow fiddlesticks that’s really interesting. I’m always really instructed when people say they can make their own beauty products but I’ve never really investigated it enough to do it myself. I might have a go now!
I've read (think it was Nadine Baggot) that you should invest in serum as they have more active ingredients that pentrate the skin then moisturiser is less important so you can use a cheap one or just spf.
This is backed up by my dermatologist who has me on powerful serums morning and night and then an SPF cream rather than moisturiser in the day. Skin looks good!
Paintbox - I used to have a book by Karen Gilbert that had recipes for homemade beauty products. The only one I really made was the lip balms but the pictures were stunning.
The SPF is a good point. I'm allergic to an ingredient in some sun tan lotions. I don't know which one but I avoid them all now because if I get a reaction it is horrible. So while My serum doesn't have an SPF, my foundation does. it's only factor 15 I think but that, a big hat and just avoiding the sun helps. But yes, spf's are important in helping skin age better.
And theres me , who just cannot be bothered and dont really use anything and my skin is good for age, 47, i do cleanse well with a cream cleanser at night, and use a micellar water in the morning but i dont use moisturiser or serum, maybe once a month i will make an effort and slap some Simple on, but mostly dont bother. I do drink a lot of water and dont smoke. I am not too skinny either so face is plumped up but i am on HRT so that probably helps, DH told me i had lovely smooth skin, bless him
I dont think our skin needs all these products, it can manage itself, thats its function