How to use face serum with moisturizer?

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In my article on tips to optimize your facial moisturizer, I mentioned the importance of leaving your toner damp before applying your moisturizer as the cream will help seal the hydrating benefits from the toner deep into the skin.   However, if you’re using a face serum, when should you apply your serum and when should you apply your moisturizer? 

If you’re using a face serum, you should also be applying on toner damp skin (unless it’s a prescription topical.)  After which, you should wait at least 5 minutes until the serum is fully absorbed by the skin before applying your moisturizer in order to seal and magnify the benefits of the serum.

This is because a good serum  provides intensive care to treat problem or fragile areas and it aims to penetrate deep into the three layers of the skin to strengthen the cells as well as deliver active ingredients to your skin.  Although a moisturizer only helps with the superficial layers of the skin by retaining moisture on the surface of the skin and preventing it from evaporating, a good face serum will actually help your moisturizer to penetrate deeper and provide effective hydration.  So, always allow time for your serum to be well absorbed into your skin.

Additionally, you may like to know that it isn’t always necessary to use a face serum with a moisturizer. If you’re using a moisturizing face serum with emollient properties, your serum may double up as a moisturizer.  But if your skin is very dry and needs more hydration, then you will need to use a face cream for richer moisture, on top of the face serum. 

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks, this is helpful. I guess I’ve been applying moisturizer too soon after serum.

    I just got a sample of Prevage by Elizabeth Arden. This is a treatment, and I was told it is instead of serum or moisturizer, that it is all I need after toner. My skin tends to be dry, but it doesn’t feel tight after I apply Prevage. Is it enough on its own?

    THANKS!

    dcrmom: I read that you need to use a moisturizer after this. Did you verify with the SA or someone?

  2. says

    Being a newcomer to your blog, I didn’t even know about applying moisturizer on toner-damp skin. Thank you for this tip!

    Alienman: You’re welcome!

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  4. LINDA says

    i have chicken pox scar on my face.so i use scar face serum to blow it away. it’s kinda oily type of serum,so how can i apply it the correct way?…it’s oily,should i use moisturizer?

    • sesame says

      Is this for spot treatment? If you’re just applying to that scar, then you still need moisturizer for your face.

  5. Michelle says

    Good article. I love my serum because it also has tightening properties and cell-rejuvenation but my lotion gives me the spf protection. Thanks!

  6. says

    That is so true..I found out the benefits between facial serums and moisturizers today.

    Check out my post below:http://hellomisspatterson.com/2011/08/12/the-beauty-battle-facial-moisturizing-serum-vs-moisturizing-cream/

    Enjoy!

    Antoinette
    Antoinette Patterson last post is: The Beauty Battle: Facial Moisturizing Serum VS Moisturizing Cream

  7. Ramya says

    As a new comer to this blog, could you also suggest some products which has serum. My face is too dull and tanning

    • Sesame says

      No need to wait too long. Once the serum has settled and is absorbed, you can apply your moisturizer. There are some serums that contain a certain active ingredient that you need to wait but in that case, the instructions will usually state so. Otherwise, no down time.

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