Facial Essences vs Serums: What’s The Difference - L'Oréal Paris
Facial essences look a lot like serums – but they are not exactly the same. We explain how facial essences and serums differ and everything you need to know about them.
Facial Essences vs Face Serums: Is There A Difference?
Facial essences and face serums have recently seen a surge in popularity, making them essential in skincare routines. With the introduction of different skincare products, it is beneficial in understanding the purpose of facial essences and face serums and their differences. L'Oréal Paris’ best-selling Revitalift skincare range of facial essences and face serums utilises technology, all specially formulated to smoothen your skin while fighting the key signs of aging. It is important to figure out what your skin needs to look and feel its healthiest. Read on as we break down all that you need to know about facial essences and face serums.
What is a face serum?
Face serums are thicker in texture as compared to facial essences. In most skincare routines, a face serum is applied after cleaning but before moisturising. From face serums formulated with antioxidants to be used under your sunscreen during the day to anti-aging serums to treat your skin before bedtime, face serums pack a major punch. Face serums contain some of the best and most active ingredients. They target specific skin concerns such as aging, pigmentation, fine lines and skin dullness – using a hyaluronic acid serum for anti-aging properties or a vitamin C serum if you have pigmentation. Face serums are not to be replaced with a moisturizer as the latter is mostly used for hydration. However, to get the most out of your moisturiser, it is best to combine it with a serum. For a face serum that intensely hydrates and plumps skin, the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is part of L’Oréal’s Derm Intensives line, is one product to introduce to your skin.
What is a facial essence?
Facial essences are usually more watery, lighter in weight and have a lower concentration of active ingredients than face serums. It is generally used after a toner, just before applying the serum. Unlike the ingredients you will find in face serums, the ones in facial essences such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid are targeted at boosting moisture and bringing out your skin’s inner glow. For an ultra-lightweight watery facial essence to minimise pores, brighten and smoothen skin, and refine skin texture, use the L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence from the Revitalift range.
#1: Hydration. Facial essences and face serums are known for their ability to penetrate deep into the skin, resulting in an improvement in texture and giving it a hydrated and youthful look. One of the key ingredients in facial essences and face serums that hydrate the skin effectively is the hyaluronic acid which ensures that the skin doesn’t lose its natural moisture. We recommended that you go for the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum as it is formulated with the optimal concentration of Hyaluronic Acid, 1.5%.
#2: Lightweight formula. Both the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence have a lightweight formula that quickly absorbs into your skin with no tacky feel or leftover residue, ensuring that it feels more supple and looks smoother.
#1: Texture. Visibly, the textures between face serums and facial essences are different. A facial essence is more watery while a serum is thicker, just like gel.
#2: Skin type. Facial essence is more lightweight and less concentrated, which works better for those with dry skin. Face serums work well for all skin types but they might be more beneficial for those with aging skin, wrinkles, pigmentation and even scarring.
Now that you understand the differences between face serums and facial essences, you should incorporate them into your daily skincare routine. You don’t have to choose either one, you can use them both – as long as you know when to apply them.