Serums vs Creams – what is the difference?


There are so many facial creams (or moisturisers), and serums on the market that make very similar claims, that it can get a bit confusing as to what they do. So, is there a difference between moisturisers and serums? In a nutshell, yes – they differ in their purpose, and the results they can deliver to your skin.


The main purpose of a Moisturiser is as the name suggests, to hydrate your skin. Some have additional benefits, such as SPF (always a good idea in a day cream in Australia), brightening benefits etc.


The main purpose of a Serum is to repair, or prevent damage occuring. They target a specific skin concern, ie lines, wrinkles, sagging, pigmentation (or sometimes multiple concerns), and have a richer mix of key ingredients that are far more effective in treating specific concerns that moisturizer. Serums also tend to be lighter weight than a moisturiser, so can penetrate deeper into the skin.


So, do you need both? Depending on your skin concern, the answer may be yes. If your skin just needs hydration, and perhaps minor help with a concern such as wrinkles, then a moisturiser will be sufficient, however to prevent damage, or once damage is evident, adding a serum to your regime (to be used before moisturiser) is a must. We tend to find, due to the climate in Australia, our skin ages at a faster rate, so a serum is a good idea.


These multi-tasking powerhouses are well worth a try:

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Pioneers in night time repair, Estée Lauder was among the first to understand that night time is the right time for skin to repair the day’s damage, and the famous little brown bottle of goodness has just relaunched and is now even better.  With over 25 patents and patents-pending, NEW Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II helps to dramatically reduces the look of every key visible sign of ageing for a significantly younger look. Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced and skin is strengthened to help prevent further damage. This breakthrough in night repair is so effective, skin feels smoother, hydrated and stronger, and looks more translucent and even toned. 50ml RRP $150, also available in 30ml & 75ml


Lancome Genifique

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activitating Complex, is, as the name suggests, a powerful anti-aging serum which promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin clarity, firmness, texture and tone. Suitable tor both night and day, the formula is so powerful it claims results you can see in as little as 7 days. The innovative formula, with added  a slew of powerful ingredients, leaves skin silky soft.  50ml RRP $145, also available in 30ml & 75ml.

philosophy time in a bottle

Powered by 3 dimensional technology, philosophy time in a bottle 100% in-control serum helps repair 3 different types of damage (caused by UV, pollution and oxidative stress), shores up the skin’s defense today, and resists future aging. It promises to make skin firmer, smoother, and more resilient, with visible improvement in fine lines and wrinkles.  40ml RRP $99.


Shiseido Ultimune

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is, as the name suggests, a serum, and a powerful formula that boosts the power of any product put over the top of it – ie a moisturiser – double whammy. Ultimune helps enhance your skin’s natural multi-defensive power against signs of aging, environmental factors and stress. Day by day and over time, your skin becomes more resilient and radiant, and more able to withstand the aging process. 50ml RRP $125, also available in 30ml & 75ml.




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