So many skincare products, but what do they exactly do?

Skincare treatments are evolving everyday, more and more products are being launched into the market like serums, concentrates, day creams, eye creams etc. and sometimes the consumer finds it a bit overwhelming. What i find is that company’s don’t really explain properly why you should use a serum or a night cream, or why you shouldn’t use your day cream under the eyes.

There are so many myths out there about what exactly all this skincare products actually do, so i figured i would do a breakdown of products and explain why you should use a product for specific areas.


A serum is a very light, concentrate skincare product which usually will contain up to 50% more active ingredients then your normal moisturiser. It should be used under your current moisturiser (morning and evening) and it has properties like improving radiance, anti-aging, skin booster, pore minimising etc depending on your skin needs.

What will not do is moisturise! It has no hydrating properties so don’t use it by itself, a serum its merely a boost to your day/night treatments.

Day Moisturiser

This should be a staple on your skincare routine. A moisturiser has a targeted action, depending again on your skin needs (matifying, hydrating, anti-aging) and it is a very effective barrier against the environment, pollution or sun.

Speaking of the sun, always choose a day moisturiser with an SPF factor – look for a complex protection UVA and UVB. Most day creams will protect against UVB (against burning), neglecting the UVA which actually causes aging, skin cancer or pigmentation spots.

If your favorite day moisturiser doesn’t include an SPF, use a foundation with one or add a specific SPF product on top.

Night Moisturiser

Sometimes with a richer texture (aldo you can find night lotions too), a night cream will replenish, regenerate and basically help the skin to keep its renewing properties at its peak. New generations of night treatments, even give skin extra hours of sleep or have aromatherapy properties to give you a restful night.

Also, according to experts (La Roche Posay for example) it is not recommended to use your day moisturiser with SPF during night time. It was discovered that the ingredients that protect against the sun rays (basically they reflect them) have the tendency to bounce in the skin and loosen the collagen fibres.

Eye creams

An eye cream has smaller molecules, making it better absorbed in the sensitive skin around the eye. A lot of people ask me why can i not use my normal day cream around the eye as well? Because it will be to aggressive and to rich, side effects including milia (little white bumps under the skin) or even bags. Recently i heard about a lady who had to have an eye bag removal surgery and they find cream in the bags (not sure if it is an urban myth or not).

Also an eye cream has a targeted action, that a general cream doesn’t: fading dark circles, bags and removing puffiness.

Hope this was helpfull :).

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  1. April 6, 2010 / 5:24 pm

    Hi there, just recently found your blog and really liking it 🙂

    I agree, with so many choices available on the market it’s difficult to know what to use. Also, many of the counter assistants will try and sell you stuff that you don’t need or won’t suit your skin type. They’ll also try and convince you that you need to buy the whole range from their brand – grrr!!

  2. razzledazzle
    April 6, 2010 / 5:51 pm

    Me again!
    Would you have any recs for a serum for dry skin that won’t cost the earth?

    lovin’ your blog!

  3. andreea
    April 6, 2010 / 5:52 pm

    Hello and thank you 🙂

    I suppose it depends on the SA, not everyone is the same as well as not every customer knows what they want. They are so many grumpy people out there, blaming all the evil in the world on the SA 🙂

    Anyway, I believe its ok to mix and match when it comes to skincare, choosing what is best for you from different brands. Its more of a trial and error (succes).

  4. andreea
    April 6, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    @razzledazzle serums dont moisturise at all, they are skin boosters. As long as the serum is not matifying or designed for minimising pores, its all good.

    A lovely one that i like is the La Roche Posay Dermaox. It is an anti-aging serum, designed to boost radiance and give a nice glow. I believe its about 30 euro, but in all fairness it lasts for about 3 months.

    As a budget buy i like the new Loreal Youth Code, it about 13-14 euro (at least in Sligo.It is made after a similar technology with Lancome Genifique (not same concentrations thou). Remember applying your moisturiser on top every time.

    xo xo xo

  5. April 6, 2010 / 6:21 pm

    Oh I completely agree with you. I just find it all too common! Maybe it is just the shops I visit.

    I know my skin and will research something before I buy but often SAs try to convince me to purchase other products also as they will “complement” each other. But I mix and match according to what suits me 😉

  6. andreea
    April 6, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    Yeah, i mix and match as well. I actually love the research part, im such a beauty geek :).

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