Oils vs Serums: How To Choose The Right Facial Skincare Product

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The Skinny On Oils And Serums

A comprehensive skincare regimen can include cleansers, moisturizers, sun protection, face oils, and serums. Each skincare product has a unique purpose and benefit. Face serums provide deep skin nourishment, while oils moisturize the surface. Layering the right skincare products can help maintain healthy skin and improve skin issues such as acne, wrinkles, undereye circles, and dry skin.

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Getting deep with serums

Face serums are available as creams, oils, and gels and are designed for specific skin issues, such as uneven skin tones and wrinkles. Serums are lightweight, water-based liquids containing higher levels of active ingredients, such as glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C. Compared to face oils, serums can better penetrate the skin more deeply for better nourishment.

Surface-level oil treatment

Face oils are oil-based formulas made with non-comedogenic ingredients such as botanical and essential oils or poor-clogging, synthetic ingredients. Face oils act as emollients, adding moisture to the skin, and as occlusives, keeping in the moisture on the skin’s surface. Face oils can be derived from a single source, such as tea tree, coconut, or argan. Oils can also consist of an oil blend or contain non-oil ingredients, such as retinol.

Face oil for oily skin?

For acne-prone or oily skin, users should find face oils labeled as non-comedogenic or combination oils that aren't as greasy. Jojoba oil is technically a wax ester and is more lightweight and less oily than most oils. Jojoba oil can help regulate oil production and reduce inflammation, perfect for acne-prone skin. Face oils can be an excellent option for any skin type if the user chooses the right option for the specific skin issue.

Combining oil with serum

Face oils can moisturize skin and lock in moisture but do not have any humectant ingredients, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that bind water to the skin. To boost the moisturization of the skin, users should apply a face serum containing humectants first and then use the face oil. A few drops are all that is needed to coat the face or dry areas evenly.

The best of both worlds

Face oil-serum hybrids provide the active ingredients found in serums and the moisturization of oils. Hybrids can replace individual serum and oil products, making application during the skincare regimen easier and faster.

Better skin starts today

Whether to choose an oil or a serum depends on the specific skin concerns needing to be addressed. Applying the right skincare product at the right time is the best way to reap the most benefits. Layering skincare products helps moisturize and rejuvenate skin and keeps the hydration locked in all day and night.

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