A while ago, I wrote a post about using two different serums together and I said that I did it because it just felt right for me, and did not break me out or kill my skin or anything. If anything, some combinations made my skin look better than it ever did.
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, famed aesthetic surgeon who was in town for a flying visit and to introduce a new night cream in his eponymous skincare line. I’ll be telling you about that soon, but what really got me excited after listening to him over lunch, is how he advocates the use of 2 different face serums, if necessary!
I sought confirmation and he said yes. You can use two different serums to target different concerns and because serums are different in texture and formula and content so the answer by Le Docteur is yes! It feels great to know I could be doing the right thing all by myself I’ll share here some things I learned from the good Doctor who is a big advocate of aesthetic procedures but who also says that using good skincare is the first step to age maintenance.
The rationale behind why one might use 2 serums together is because different serums serve different purposes and have different compositions. Generally speaking, active ingredients dissolve better in water and so a water based serum will generally be able to contain higher concentrations of active ingredients. By contrast, an oil based serum may contain less of the active ingredients because there is no water medium for the ingredients to blend into.
Consistency and concentration aside, skincare serums do contain a higher concentration of active ingredients when compared to a normal face cream, hence the higher prices associated with serums and the greater efficacy. I for one do tend to believe in using a good face serum even if I use a regular face cream, simply because of the concentration of ingredients in a serum.
The ideology behind the blending or mixing of 2 different serums comes down to the composition of a moisturizer. Essentially, a face cream is an emulsion of oil and water. So, says the good Doctor, if you were to blend 2 different serums of oil and water bases, you could customize your own face cream, with a higher concentration of active ingredients!
Generally speaking, oily skin would not take well to oil based serums whilst dry skins will find water based serums less effective. Combining two different serums in different quantities e.g. 2 drops of oil to 1 drop of water for dry skins may yield a better result than just using an oil based serum.
You can mix the two serums in the palm of your hand to create your own customized face cream to suit your skin needs, or you can layer them on your skin, one after the other, starting with the one that is lighter in texture. If your skin is feeling drier, use more oil based serums and if you’re oily, adjust the mixture accordingly.
I asked if you might need to use a separate cream thereafter, and Dr. Sebagh said it was really up to how you feel. If you feel the serums aren’t moisturizing enough, a thin layer of face cream over it might help seal in moisture better. However, if you feel comfortable, then you may not need it.
Granted that we were discussing the merits of using the Dr. Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum (water based) and Rose de Vie serums (oil based) but he was generous to keep discussions relatively open so the moral of the story that I took away from the lunch was this – It is alright to mix 2 different serums together to suit your skin’s needs and this is what real luxury bespoke skincare is; where you can customize your skincare to your own needs.
I don’t always mix my serums based on oil-water ratios but I am using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate every night which is oil based, and I do still mix my serums depending on how I feel that day. I sometimes skip the MRC and just use 2 other water based serums that I may have on hand. I do think it works for me (as I have shared before) and so long as I don’t break out, I’ll keep doing it… because the good Doctor said I can!
Do you mix 2 different serums together? Do you use 2 different serums at the same time? Its not something you have to do of course. It can get terribly pricey because serums are expensive, but I’m curious to know if other people do it too and if you do, what do you use?