The difference between Boosters and Serums

Boosters vs Serums
Our boosters and serums hone in on specific skin concerns (like large pores, uneven skin tone, and premature ageing). At first glance, the differences between these types of products might seem subtle, but closer examination reveals the nuances are incredibly important for certain skin types and concerns.
Keep in mind that other skin care companies may interpret or formulate their boosters and serums differently than we do. Product categories within the cosmetic industry are rarely universal. Because of this, we don’t recommend using our descriptions to determine what products from other brands will do for your skin.
Our skin boosters contain potent concentrations of a pivotal ingredient for skin or a blend of a specific ingredient group where the similar structures of each ingredient combine to enhance the results. They include our C15 Booster with 15% Vitamin C, Vitmain E & Ferulic Acid and our B10 Booster with Hyaluronic Acid and 10% Niacinamide.
High concentrations can bring about incredible results for skin, but even these brilliant ingredients still need support. That’s why you’ll find other beneficial ingredients (such as antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients) in our booster formulas.
Each booster is designed to be powerfully effective, yet exceptionally lightweight, and to layer easily with the other products you use. The boosters can be applied alone as a separate step or mixed with your non-SPF moisturizers or serums.
Maintaining a long-term relationship with these ingredients is how you reap the real benefits. Every day you must help your skin do what it can’t do any longer (or do as well) on its own—that’s where boosters excel.
Due to the high concentrations of skin boosters they are also used in professional treatments to enhance the effects of treatments such as microneedling.
Serums are skin care products that are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients to the skin. These products are designed to travel deeper into the skin to deliver the bio-active ingredients deep into the skin. Most often, serums are clear, gel-based or liquid, and they tend to be less thick than a moisturizer.
Serums work in harmony with your moisturiser and other skin care products by supplying an advanced, similarly-weighted blend of bio-active antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restorative ingredients. What makes our serums unique are their balanced concentrations of the critical, supportive ingredients skin needs to be healthy, to further repair itself, and to protect from future damage. It is the concentration of several bio-active ingredients that separate a serum from a moisturizer, as not everything your skin needs can be included in one product.
A serum like our Hydrating Serum is able to hydrate more effectively than even the heaviest creams. The molecules are able to truly penetrate the skin and hydrate on the deepest level, while the heavier creams more so sit on those top layers. This does not mean that one replaces the other, while a serum like our Hydrating serum works to draw moisture into the skin, a moisturiser helps to lock in that moisture so that it does not evaporate.

Other Treatment Products
Our treatments are specially formulated to address a specific skin concerns. We offer treatments for multiple skin concerns, such as for those trying to tackle stubborn breakouts and blackheads, or fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing or uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Our treatment products include thicker cream like products such as Clarify for problematic skin, Boost for dehydration and to defend against ageing, Night plus to reduce the visible signs of ageing and Diminish day and Diminish Night for hyperpigmented skin.

We also have thinner treatments that would fall in between a serum and a treatment such as Multi Active Lotion, this is applied only two – three times a week and is a concentrated treatment product to combat most skin concerns and brings visible results by renewing layers of the skin (similar to the way that a chemical peel works).
How to Add a Booster, Serum or Treatment to Your Skin care Routine
Our boosters and serums are made to be versatile! They can be layered in any fashion once or twice per day, or used on alternate days, or you can apply one or more in the morning and different ones at night. There really is no single right way; everything is adaptable as you develop the method and frequency of application that you discover works best.
The routine below is a step-by-step example of how you could add one or more of these products to your morning and evening skin care routines. Just be sure that sunscreen is your last skin care step each morning.
Daily Morning and Night Routine:
Step 1: Cleanser
Step 2: Toner
Step 3: Booster
Step 4: Layer treatments and serums as required in order from thinnest to thickest texture.
Step 5: Eye cream or Eye gel
Step 6: Face Oil and/or Moisturiser.
Step 7: Protect SPF 40 (during the day only).
Although boosters, serums and treatments can be a good addition to the rest of your skincare routine, in most cases they are not substitutes for a day or night cream. But if, for example, you have very oily skin, you could choose to use only a booster and treatment product.
 Dark Spots    Breakouts     Age Defense    Dehydration  
 Booster Booster Booster Booster
 C15 Booster  B10 Booster  C15 Booster  B10 Booster
 Treatment Treatment Treatment Treatment
 Diminish Day  Clarify  Boost   Boost
 Diminish Night  Multi Active Lotion     Night Plus   Multi Active Lotion  
 Multi Active Lotion     Multi Active Lotion   
 Serum  Serum
    Hydration Serum Hydrating Serum
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