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Oils vs. Serums: Which one’s right for you?

February 22nd, 2017

Skincare should be easy, right? In theory, if you keep your mug clean and moisturized, you should be good to go. But, of course, it’s not that simple. Not even close!

Depending on one’s skin type, there are hundreds of products to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, treat and moisturize the complexion. And, of course, the variation in seasons can mean that any one skin type will need different products to counteract the effects that varying humidity levels and temperatures can have on the skin. 

One of the toughest categories of skin care to decode, in my opinion, is the treatment category. Used correctly, treatments like serums and oils can can brighten, firm, hydrate or smooth the complexion, boosting the complexion-boosting properties of one’s moisturizer. But, is a serum or oil right for you? Should they be used alone? Together? What about how to apply?

Read on to discover the skincare secret weapons that you need in your medicine cabinet—once you find your treatment match, you’ll be wondering how you lived without it.

So, one of the biggest differences between serums and face oils are in their textures. Serums are usually thin liquids packed with treatment ingredients like antioxidants or retinol that sink easily into the skin and leave little residue behind, whereas face oils are (obviously) more hydrating, and usually contain fewer treatment ingredients.

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5 Comments under :: Oils vs. Serums: Which one’s right for you?
  1. Kelly says:

    This winter I tested oil on my skin. It felt fabulous. During the summer I prefer serum.

  2. I’m currently loving The Body Shop’s Oils of Life facial oil. I like to add one drop to my moisturizer at night for ultimate hydration during the winter.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  3. Samantha Lee says:

    I’ve been trying to finally start taking care of my skin, but there’s so much out there it’s hard to know the best courses of action! I have very dry/sensitive skin and have found a lot of things make me break out, and acne is never really anything I’ve had an issue with. I wonder if it might work to use a serum at night (to repair) and the oil in the morning to keep moisture throughout the day. So many different options!
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  4. the variation in seasons can mean that any one skin type will need different products to counteract the effects that varying humidity levels and temperatures can have on the skin.

  5. Stasja says:

    I never got on with oils, they just seem to sit on my skin and never really absorb. I’m in love with serums though! Have just ordered a few from The Ordinary to test.

    x Stasja. daydreamdancing

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