In my article on tips to optimize your facial moisturizer, I mentioned the importance ofÂ leaving your toner damp before applying your moisturizer as the cream will help seal the hydrating benefits from the toner deep into the skin.Â Â However, if you’re using a face serum, when should you apply your serum and when should you apply your moisturizer?Â
If you’re using a face serum, you should also be applying onÂ toner damp skin (unless it’s a prescription topical.)Â After which, you should waitÂ at least 5 minutes until the serum is fully absorbedÂ by the skin before applyingÂ your moisturizer in order toÂ seal and magnify the benefits of the serum.
This is because a good serumÂ Â providesÂ intensive care to treat problem or fragile areas and it aims to penetrate deep intoÂ the three layers of the skin to strengthen the cells as well asÂ deliver active ingredients to your skin.Â Â 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.Â So, always allow time for your serum to be well absorbed into your skin.
Additionally,Â 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 serumÂ mayÂ double up as a moisturizer.Â ButÂ if your skin is very dry and needs more hydration,Â then you will need to use a face cream for richer moisture,Â on top of the face serum.Â