What's the Difference Between a Face Serum and Face Oil?

It's a legitimate question- What's the difference between a face serum and a face oil? While they may seem similar, they actually each have their own advantages, and can be used separately or layered to work together. The fundamental difference between a face oil and face serum comes down to the composition of their formulas.

What is a Serum?

Serums are typically developed with high concentrations of water soluble actives in a water base. Our Everyday Face Serum is formulated with skin evening vitamin B3, fine line reducing hyaluronic acid, and inflammation reducing rosemary and willow bark extracts to help give skin a refresh and overall healthy glow. These ingredients quickly and easily absorb into the skin, leaving a matte, shine free finish.

What is a Face Oil?

Face oils are composed of a single oil or a combination of oils and oil soluble actives. The are typically heavier than water based serums and take a bit more time to absorb. Our Fortifying Face Oil is made up of marula, jojoba, and abyssinian oil as well as plant based squalane. The combination of oils are designed to improve skin hydration and elasticity and boost skin's natural defenses.

When to Use a Face Oil or a Serum?

For the most part everyone can benefit from a serum. While dry and normal skin types may find using a serum with an oil and/or moisturizer to be right for their skin, oily and combination types might find that a serum on its own is all they need.

The Correct Order of Operations

When layering products, always start with the lightest and work your way to the heaviest products. Start with serum, allow it to absorb, then apply oil, wait again, then repeat with a moisturizer. Of course, this is only a general guide- we recommend that you play around to find out what works for you. Some people like to mix their oil and moisturizer together or apply oil to their face while it's still damp to create a more emollient effect. There really isn't a wrong way to do it if it works for you. 


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