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The Down Low on Face Oils vs Face Serums

by Jessika Noda |

Face oils and serums have really exploded in the beauty industry lately. They can be used as both an alternative and a supplement to our cream moisturizers. Face oils are typically used for overall hydration and moisture of the skin, while serums are better suited for targeting specific skin concerns. 

There are 2 main differences between oils and serums. The first is that face oils are made of oil-based ingredients while face serums are typically made with water-based ingredients. 

The second difference is their molecule size. Oils have larger molecules so they can take longer to absorb into the skin. On the flipside, since serums are water-based, their molecules are smaller meaning they penetrate into the skin quicker. 

Because of these differences, it impacts the order of how we use them as well. Since serums are lighter weight than cream moisturizers, it’s best to layer them under your moisturizer. Oils on the other hand are designed to retain the water in your skin so they’re best used on top of your moisturizer.

Here are a few of our favorite serums and oils:

Midnight Paloma Sweet Almond + Carrot Seed Serum

skincare - midnight paloma face serum

This face serum smells absolutely divine. We love using it after washing off their charcoal face mask and massaging into skin with their Gua Sha for an extra luxurious touch. Shop here.

Schmear Rosehip + Sea Buckthorn and Argan + Tamanu Oils

skincare - schmear face oils

Food-based skincare, Schmear has 2 types of face oils for different skin types. Use their Rosehip + Sea Buckthorn for normal to dry skin, and their Argan + Tamanu for oily/acne prone skin. Shop here.

Loa Oil

skincare - loa oil

Their hero product, Loa Oil is packed to the brim with Omega-3s and 6s. This all purpose moisturizing oil can be used all over the body and is great for targeting those extra dry spots and even treating eczema - a great alternative to steroid creams. Shop here.

Woodlot Nourishing Facial Oil

skincare - woodlot facial oil

We love this oil for its ultra-hydrating work and its quick absorption. Because it’s a lightweight formula, we love taking it to go for an extra hydration boost midday. Shop here.

What are your favorite face oils and serums? Comment below!

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