How do Anti-Aging Creams Compare to Serums

Anti-Aging Creams Versus SerumsThe anti-aging products market is an enormous industry, as we all try to recapture the dewy, youthful skin of years gone by.  There are specialized cleansers, moisturizers, creams, serums and targeted treatments all available for us to choose from to fight the dreaded signs of aging. For the longest time, anti-aging creams were the standard – a formula based on tried and true moisturizers that have additional anti-aging ingredients added.

Anti-Aging Creams

But now serums are making a mark on the industry. Initially used only by aestheticians and dermatologists for advanced skin care, they’re now available for our daily use at home and claim to give faster more visible results than creams. What are the differences between anti aging creams and serums, and which is the best choice for you?

Creams are soothing, rich and designed to provide the extra moisture that aging, sun exposure and environmental toxins have stolen from the skin over time. Today’s anti-aging creams are specially designed for the face and neck.

Creams also come in formulas that are suitable for each skin type. Choosing a cream for your skin is very important. Retinal, which is a vitamin A derivative is an excellent anti-aging ingredient. This is found in anti-aging creams at all price points. Vitamins C and E Vitamin E are also popular antioxidants in anti-aging creams. Cream moisturizers for day-wear need to have a high sun protection factor (SPF), while night creams don’t need this feature.

Anti-Aging Serums

Serums are a more liquid consistency, pumped out of a tube and applied to the face and neck. As with anti-aging creams, the key ingredients in most serums are Retinal (Vitamin A) and peptides. It’s the delivery of peptides that are rapidly absorbed into the skin that gives the noticeable changes. Peptides act on the collagen levels, which make the skin appear fuller and cause wrinkles to be less visible.

Many serums contain specialized ingredients such as argireline, which works on the skin much like Botox does, but without the toxins. Argireline relaxes the muscles, which smooths out wrinkles. Serums with high concentrations of this argireline claim up to a25% reduction in fine line and wrinkles after 30 days of continuous use. It is also said to reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin.

A drawback to serums is that you must use them daily to see the best results, as this is what is necessary to boost collagen production. Using these products every once in a while won’t sustain these results.  Also, in terms of price, serums tend to cost more than creams. But many claim the results with serums are superior than using anti-aging creams.

The best way to determine which works better for you is to conduct your own experiment – try a serum on your face for 30 days and then try a cream for the next 30 days. Take close up pictures of your face before and after each product and see if you notice more of a difference by using one over the other.