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Face Oil vs Face Serum

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

Do you need a face serum, face oil or both?

Understanding how skincare works empowers you to make an informed purchase, selecting products suited to your skin type/condition and getting the most out of them as part of your routine.

Today we are exploring the difference between face oils and face serums, helping you to determine which you need.

Put simply, the purpose of a face oil is primarily to nourish, protect and moisturize the skin, while a face serum targets specific skin concerns (such as wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, dryness, acne, irritation and redness). Due to serums serving a particular purpose, they tend to be more expensive than oils.

Serums contain ingredients such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which affect the functions of the skin. Their molecules are very small, allowing them to absorb deeply for rejuvenation, regeneration, luminosity, balance and many more benefits. Just some of the things serum can do include:

  • Treats hyper-pigmentation

  • Repairs sun damage

  • Fights acne and future breakouts

  • Exfoliates away dead skin cells and speeds up cell turnover

  • Calms red, puffy skin

  • Reduces the appearance of pores and prevents them from being clogged

  • Brightens, smoothes and firms skin

Oils are designed to protect the skin from changes in weather/temperatures while also retaining moisture, repairing the skin’s barrier (improving overall resilience), keeping it supple and providing a source of anti-oxidants, fatty acids and vitamins. Due to their emollient nature and slightly thicker texture, oils need to be massaged in to help deliver softness and smo