What distinguishes face serum from cream, how it works | Lifestyle Beauty

New Delhi: There is a whole range of skin care solutions available in the market, both for your face and your body. From oils and serums to creams and balms, the choices are endless! And sometimes those endless choices of moisturizers can get you frustrated and really get under your skin.

Some people are minimalists – they buy a face cream, apply it all over, and they’re done. Others invest heavily in their skincare regimen, layering products like toners, face serums, and creams. And to top it off, they religiously apply eye creams or under eye creams all over the thin skin around their eyes.

But do you really need to buy an eye cream or will your regular face serum do the trick? Are eye creams an expensive fad? Or are they a staple of your skincare routine, as your favorite beauty influencer says? Let’s try to peel back the layers and solve this mystery with Dr. Priti Shenai, founder of Skinworks, a leading beauty and dermatology clinic based in Mumbai.

What is a face serum?

Face serums nourish, hydrate and protect your skin. They have a thin consistency so they can be absorbed into your skin quickly. Another feature of face serums that sets them apart from face creams is that they have a higher concentration of active ingredients like skin lightening agents, exfoliating acids, vitamins, etc. So, by using a face serum, you can expect much faster results than a face cream.

Is it okay to use a face serum around the eyes?

The skin around your eyes (eyelids and under the eyes) is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face. Thus, it shows wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation and other signs of aging earlier than other areas of the face. Thus, you must take great care to keep this skin hydrated to avoid dryness.

Since the eye area is more delicate than the rest of your face, certain types of face serums can be harsh on them. Highly concentrated serums with active ingredients like retinol and exfoliating acids (like glycolic acid and salicylic acid) aren’t gentle on the eye area! So, if you are using such a serum for the face, do not apply it around the eyes. Instead, use an eye cream.

What is an eye cream and how is it different from face creams and serums?

Eye creams are specially formulated to treat (or prevent) skin conditions that affect the area around the eyes.

They treat common skin problems such as dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, sagging skin (bags under the eyes) and sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it won’t react well to face serums and oily creams.

Eye creams have a thicker consistency than face creams and are much oilier than face serums. They are also much milder and contain active ingredients like retinol in smaller amounts.

The bottom line: should you buy an eye contour cream?

If you want to eliminate dark circles or reduce wrinkles around your eyes, it’s definitely worth investing in an eye cream. But before spending a lot of money on trendy or discounted products, consult your dermatologist. They will recommend authentic fast-acting products that best suit your specific skin type and will definitely solve your skin care problems.

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