How to Use Face Serum with Moisturizer

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If you’re someone who’s having no earthly idea what a serum is – you’re not alone. Even if you’ve got your own serums boxed together with your skincare must-haves, still you can be unsure of what it really does in on your face. They say it’s moisturizing, but why still use moisturizer? It can be oily, or watery, but it’s not a face oil nor essence.

So many contradictions and questions that’s been logged on your list, so  we pooled our collective knowledge and did a bit more research, all to ensure that skincare routine should never stress you out. Let’s hear some serum skincare talk and learn how to use them effectively, properly.

What is Serum?

Serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after you wash your face but before you apply moisturizer. It delivers a highly concentrated blast of nutrients directly to the skin and deeply absorbs/ penetrate into the skin, rather than sitting on the surface like moisturizers. Serums work great for concerns like acne, dry skin, brightness, and wrinkles. After you wash your face, simply apply a pea-sized amount of serum to your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin and use both a daytime and nighttime for best results.

Serums to Use according to Skin

Normal Skin Type:

For an all-purpose option, try a serum with aloe vera and glycolic acid ingredients. Glycolic acid removes dead skin cells that can cause clogged pores and aloe vera reduces redness and boosts skin hydration. If you want your skin to rich nourishment or fade sun damage and acne scars, use this type of serum.

Prone to Acne Skin:

Serums that’s rich with vitamin C, retinol, salicylic acid, or Benzoyl peroxide help control or manage your acne problems. Benzoyl peroxide, retinol and Vitamin C are powerful anti-acne ingredients, while salicylic acid heal existing acne, as well. Reduce inflammation or redness and prevent / heals acne with these ingredients.

Use serum with salicylic acid content at night, as it can cause you a sunburn.

Dry Skin:

Glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid help the skin retain moisture, and when these two are teamed up, expect a powerful moisturizing serum that will deeply hydrate your skin in seconds. Vitamin E, rose hip oil, chia seeds, sea buckthorn, and camellia also hydrates skin without clogging pores.

Brightening Serum:

Serums with vitamin C and ferulic acid can be your aid to brighten complexion and even skin texture. They neutralize free radicals in your skin and make your skin tone more even and lively. Some brightening serums use green tea extract, which is another helpful antioxidant.

Reducing Wrinkles:

Serums with retinol and peptides reduce wrinkles. Retinol plumps up fine lines and wrinkles, and peptides help build healthy skin. Combine these ingredients, and you have a fabulous, wrinkle-reducing serum. For best results, apply overnight and let it soothe over your skin. You can also use Vitamin C and green tea extract or any that’s antioxidant, it protects your skin from all signs of sagging skin et al.

Under-the-eye Serums:

Under-the-eye formulated serums are specifically made to target dark circles. Serums that usually are rich in ingredients like licorice root extract or arbutin reduce the appearance of dark spots, dark circles and under eye bags.

For Uneven Skin Tones:

Licorice root extract and Kojic acid treat uneven skin tones effectively. Licorice root extract helps eliminate the appearance of discoloration and age spots while Kojic acid treats sun damage, scars and uneven skin tones – leaving your skin with more radiant and youthful glow. Vitamin C with L-ascorbic acid, is one of the most effective parts of the vitamin, it helps revitalizing uneven skin tone.

How to Use Face Serum

Step 1. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin before applying serum. Wash your face with a facial wash or scrub. Thoroughly massage (fingers in small, circular motions) face wash over your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin and rinse. Washing your face removes superficial dirt and oil, while exfoliants deep clean your pores.

For best results, wash your face daily and exfoliate your skin 3-4 times a week.

Step 2. Thin Serum. Apply 1 drop to your finger, then rub onto your cheek (upward motion) if using thinner serums. Repeat this for the other cheek, as well as your forehead and nose/chin area. Thick Serum. Warm 3-5 drops in your hands before applying a thick serum to the face. Drip a few drops into the palm of your hand, then rub your hands together and gently do pressing movements to apply the serum over your face. Apply on both cheeks, your forehead, your nose, and your chin.

Step 3. Let the serum absorbed, tap your skin gently for 40-60 seconds then, place your fingers on your cheek and press your skin in small, circular motion. Repeat the process for a minute.

Step 4. Apply moisturizer over all of your face after your serum dissolved in a minute. Squeeze a dime-size amount of moisturizer into your hand, and rub it over your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin to seal the serum’s nourishing properties.

Step 5. Dry your moisturizer in a minute and start your makeup routine.


Most frequent questions and answers

Serums are made of smaller molecules that’s loaded with a chock-full of moisturizing active ingredients (hyaluronic acid, ceramides) to help skin retain moisture. But, it doesn’t make them moisturizers in the world of skincare. Serums bring a very high concentration nourishing content into your skin, and it’s a one great tool to target skin problems like wrinkles or all signs of aging plus a great barrier from any environment causing damage to skin.

More and more oils are marketed as serums and that only explains why it’s considered as very much a face oil. You may have noticed some ads that promote water-based serums and the oil-based serums. Water-based serums go under the cream while oil-based serums go on top of the moisturizer because they have a bigger molecule. They keep the cream and whatever you put underneath moist during the entire day. Essence and serums, are very similar too. Although serums are gooier and more concentrated, and essences are watered-down with a more fluid texture, they serve the same function like hydrating the skin

It all depends on the serum. Read the label, choose both daytime serum and nighttime serum for best results. Daytime serums are less concentrated, so no worries about sun exposure. Nighttime serums are very concentrated, and its active ingredients take effect while you are sleeping.


Whether you’re slowly introducing yourself to serums all to give your skin a healthy and a flawlessly radiant glow or  an existing avid of applying nightly serum once every other day or every day, you need to weigh your serum options base on your skin type and practice best skin care rituals that goes perfectly with your likes.

Just remember that if you’re venturing or trying new serums, take time to adjust to new products and do self-patch test as needed – to avoid any unwanted reaction or allergies (which defeat the purpose of youthful skin appearance).

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