OptiPhi: Serums vs Moisturizers

| June 21, 2021

Serums vs Moisturizers.  What’s the difference?


Serums are lightweight formulations with a higher concentration of active ingredients than Moisturizers.

They are usually thin and readily absorbed into the skin, leaving little remaining on the surface of the skin.


Serums address a variety of skin concerns, from anti-aging, skin brightening, hydration or oil regulation.  They are designed to penetrate deeply into the skin, due to their smaller molecular size.

Moisturizers have a thicker texture to create a physical barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration.


Some moisturizers have added anti-aging or brightening ingredients, so they can be multi-functional.


Serums and Moisturizers are designed to be used together.  Skincare products are layered from thinnest to thickest, with the thinnest product being applied to the skin first.


Serums are intended to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin, while moisturizers forms a seal to make serums more effective and to protect from the external environment.


Expert tip:  Apply your serum onto your face and neck, and wait 30 -60 seconds for the serum to absorb properly before you apply your moisturizer over.


Serums and moisturizers can be used both morning and evening.


Some OptiPhi Examples:

Intense Retinol Serum – R 1,500.00

optiphi®’s award winning anti-aging serum is designed to promote cellular rejuvenation, delivering the highest concentration of retinol to the skin. Retinol, a powerful anti-aging agent targets wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation. UV damage is addressed and sebum production controlled. Peptides boost collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin production in the skin, firming the skin. Antioxidants, inhibit damaging reactions leading to aging and support balance within the skin. Lipids delay the signs of aging by increasing the vitality of skin cells. Concentrated Cellular Rejuvenator.

Protecting Revitalizer – R 1,999.00

A lightweight serum that rejuvenates skins affected by sun damage and photo-aging. Formulated with strong anti-oxidants to reduce sun damage and boost the skin’s natural protection mechanisms while the calming properties, soothe the skin by fighting free radicals. Poweful active ingredients protect against the breakdown of elastin and collagen, and reduce the appearance of sun spots and pigmentation and so promote skin vitality and radiance. The excellent anti-aging agent, Retinol, targets wrinkles, age spots, UV damage and pigmentation, and furthermore controls oil production. An additonal blend of extracts provide the skin with 24-hour hydration and reduces UV and infrared damage and protects from future injury.

Moisture Control Ultra – R 1,900.00

This rich cream is formulated for ultra-dry and aging skins, featuring ingredients that support dermal repair, to lift and firm the skin and an amino acid blend to target dermal thickness. Lipids delay the signs of aging by increasing the vitality of skin cells and Vitamin B3 supports the barrier function of the skin, while brightening dull skin. Sensitive or red skin is soothed, hydrated and protected by Prickly Pear Extract. Anti-oxidants, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protect the skin. Hyaluronic Acid and Oligopeptide boost skin hydration and elasticity, further improving fine lines and wrinkles. Rich Repairing Moisture.

Complete Therapy SPF 20 – R 930.00

A protecting daytime moisturizer that supplies the skin with potent anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits. An optiphi® blend of UV filters delivers sun protection of SPF20 and Hyaluronic Acid and Imperata Cylindrica Extract moisturizes the skin intensely. Skin rejuvenation is promoted by a mixture of peptides and Retinol that diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and improves the skin’s texture and tone. Barrier Protecting Moisturizer SPF20.




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