Serums and Moisturizers – Do You Need Both?

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Wondering if you need both a serum and a moisturizer? Before you can make that decision, you need to understand the differences in serums and moisturizers.


The molecules in serums are very small. Because of this, a serum can travel deep into the layers of the skin – much deeper than a moisturizer can. Serums are highly concentrated and deposit nutrients deep into the skin’s layers, working on the skin that has yet to reach the surface.

You can get many types of serums such as anti-aging serums, skin brightening serums and acne preventative serums. Serums are lightweight and typically soak into the skin very quickly. Some people with very oily skin can get by with only a serum, but most will definitely need a daily moisturizer. To use, apply the serum to your skin after you wash your face and apply a toner if you use one.


The molecules in a moisturizer are larger than the molecules in a serum. Because of this, the moisturizer cannot penetrate the skin as deep as a serum can. Moisturizers are meant to deposit moisture and nutrients to the surface of your skin.

Just like serums, you can find moisturizers for all different skin types and needs from oily to dry, aging skin to acne. Moisturizers are able to work on the surface of the skin, fighting fine lines, acne and discolored areas, but they do not have the same ability to fight as deep as a serum can. Unlike serums, many daytime moisturizers contain SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Daily SPF is a must for everyone, no matter the skin type.

Do I Need Both?

That depends on your skin’s current condition and the goals that you have for your skin. If you are trying to reduce the signs of aging, adding a serum along with your daily moisturizer will definitely be of benefit to your skin. If you deal with mid-day oily skin, a mattifying serum will also be of great benefit. But if you are happy with your skin’s current condition, do not see a need for skin brightening, acne prevention or age-fighting, a moisturizer is likely all that you will need at this time. Just be sure it has SPF in it.

Here are a few ZENMED serums and moisturizers worth noting.


Support Serum is a Vitamin C serum in ZENMED’s Rosacea line. Vitamin C is a known antioxidant which helps ward off the signs of aging, but it also helps reduce swelling and redness.

 B5 Hyaluronic Plumping Serum helps bump up collagen levels by drawing moisture towards the surface of the skin. Plumping skin cells leads to a visible improvement of mature, sun-damaged, and dehydrated skin. Contours appear more enhanced, wrinkles are minimized, and the skin looks visibly thicker and more youthful.



Oil Free Moisturizer SPF30 is a great daily moisturizer for those with oily to combination skin. SPF 30 is a great way to start your day.

Sebum Regulating Moisturizer is a lightweight mattifying moisturizer with vitamins B5 and E perfect for those with acne-prone skin.

AVT Cream is for those who are looking for an age-fighting moisturizer or those who have dry skin. Containing peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Argan oil, Jojoba oil and Borage oil, it’s a daily treat for your skin.

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