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Serum Vs Creams

How Different Is A Serum From A Cream?

Dr. Shireen Singh
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS.

Written by Our Editorial Team


Don't know which superhero ingredient your skin needs: serums or cream? Let's learn the differences between the two.

Creams have been around since our childhood. You all must have used them to hydrate and moisturize your skin. Now, serums have been introduced in the world of skincare. They are lightweight solutions that target skin concerns like fine lines, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, dryness, etc, then go for serums.


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Want to hydrate, brighten, and tackle skin concerns? Say hello to serums, magical potions made up of antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides in higher concentration. They deal with fine lines, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. Their lightweight formulas make absorption easy, providing all the benefits.

Also Read : Reasons To Use Face Serums

Some of the well-known face serums are:

  • Niacinamide serums fight uneven skin tone, kick out pimples, reduce redness, brightens, and makes your skin go Ahh! Meet ThriveCo 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc PCA serum, it fights acne, controls sebum, helps remove blackheads, reduces acne scars, brightens your skin, and improves skin elasticity.

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  • Want a smooth and clear complexion? Consider using salicylic acid as it fights the acne and unclogs the clogged pores. Like ThriveCo's 2% Salicylic Acid Serum, your skin's BFF as it helps in saying goodbye to clogged pores and acne and welcomes clear complexion.

Also Read : Salicylic Acid: A Few Things You Should Know!

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  • Splash water on your face with hyaluronic acid serum. It plumps and happily moisturizes your skin.
  • Want glowly look? Vitamin C acid serum packed with antioxidants brightens the dull complexion, fights off free radicals, and leaves a glow on the face. Our ThriveCo's 10% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid serum give the benefits of both. Imagine hydration, elasticity, age fighting, and spot fighting in one bottle. Use it and let it show its magic.

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Creams moisturise and protect your skin, fight dryness, prevent moisture loss, and hold in nutrients. For each skin type and skin concern, there is a special cream designed. Choose the best one for you and see its full potential in nourishing your skin.

Some types of face creams are:

  1. Dry skin? Ugh! Use hydrating creams as they focus on moisturising dehydrated skin.
  2. Skin is ageing? You are blessed with anti-aging creams like retinoids that fight fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Say bye to dull skin with brightening creams that even out the skin tone and provide brightness.
  4. Calming creams for sensitive or irritated skin.

These are the differences between a serum and a cream

Get ready for a skincare showdown between Serum and Cream to know which one is better.


  • Serums are a splash of freshness on the face as they are light in weight and have a water-based solution.
  • Creams are thick in nature and have an oil based solution. Feels like a giant hug on the face.


  • Serums are stronger as they have a higher concentration of ingredients.
  • Creams balance hydration with a touch of protection.


  • Serums always win the race as they are fast and go straight into the skin.
  • Creams are slow in providing the benefits to the skin. They take a lot of time to get absorbed.

Focus on the target

  • Serums are designed for specific issues like fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dryness, acne, etc.
  • Creams provide intense moisture and hydration to the skin.

Skin type

Serums are beneficial for all skin types.

  • Creams are best suited for dry skin, giving intense hydration. If applied on oily skin, it will lead to acne as they add more oil.
  • Serums are for skin concerns and creams provide overall happiness to your skin. Both are good at their jobs.

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Which is better, serum or cream?

Serums deal with skin concerns quickly due to easy absorption. Creams, on the other hand, are very slow in absorption.

2. What is faster, serum or cream?

Serums as they are much lighter in weight and easily penetrate the skin, providing all the benefits.

3. Are ThriveCo's face serums best and more effective?

Customers found ThriveCo's face serums very effective in addressing the specific concerns they are designed for.

4. Should I buy serum or cream?

For strong effect, go for serum. But if you are looking for continuous hydration, then go for cream.


About Doctor :

Dr. Shireen Singh

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS, MD Dermatology, is a trusted dermatologist with over 8 years of specialized experience. Passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their hair and skin care goals, she combines cutting-edge technologies with personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual's needs. She's dedicated to helping you achieve vibrant hair and glowing skin. Dr. Shireen loves research and is here to share her expertise for your health and happiness.



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