Emulsion or Serum/Essence?

As I mentioned before here, skincare regime is very important, and in order to maintain a youthful radiant complexion, we must never be lazy.

However, with so many different types of skincare products: different names, brands and so on, what exactly should we look for before purchasing them? Especially when it comes to same purpose but confusing terms like: Emulsion, serum, essence, it is vital to know their function/nature of each product before deciding.


It is basically a light-weight, non-sticky, water-based basic moisturizer. It has the ability to retain hydration level and prevent moisture loss from our skin surface. It is very beneficial for people with oily skin, as it is water base, it does not cause pore clogging issues.


Serum and essences come in mainlytransparent (some however do come in milky color) liquid type forms, and are quick to dry and leave no residue. They are used to TARGET DIFFERENT SKIN PROBLEMS such as anti-aging, whitening, and to PROVIDE NUTRIENTS, not to mention hydration to skin. Thus, after applying serum/essence, you still have to apply moisturizer. Do note that if your serum is a moisturizing serum/essence, you may skip the moisturizer step since it contains moisturizing properties already.

So, which one should I choose?

For this, you might have to ask yourself exactly what products are you looking for?

– If you just purely looking for moisturizing purpose, and you have clear and problem-free complexion, emulsion is good enough.

– If you are in your advance age, let’s say 30 years old and above, emulsion may not be enough. This is due to its larger molecules as compared to serum/essence, it can only penetrate into the first layer of our skin, thus having the ability to retain hydration and prevent moisture loss ONLY. It is greatly recommended to use serum/essence, as these products’ molecules are much smaller, enabling penetration to reach to the third layer of our skin, providing direct nutrients to our skin.

– If you are looking for whitening, anti-aging, firming  products etc, serum and essence are great choices for you. Just remember to apply your usual moisturizer after the serum/essence, as usually these spot-on treatments do not contain or do not contain enough hydrating properties to do its job. It is advisable to use these serum/essence in the night before you go to bed, thus allowing the nutrients to take its effect overnight while you sleep.

So now, with these information in mind, you should be able to start on your shopping.

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2 responses

  1. Hello dear, both are fine to use. The only factor is the level of concentration you want for your skin. Serum is more concentrated than emulsion, and can be used BEFORE emulsion to enhance moisture level. Serum is recommended for a more matured skin, like 27 – 40plus. Emulsion is more light-weight and basic, recommended for younger skin. ^^ Just remember NOT to use cream for oily skin!

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