It’s February, love is in the air and everyone’s skin is looking a little neglected. What better time to give yourself some love and attention! Your regular moisturizer might not be up to the task so adding a facial oil or serum to your skincare routine is a great option, but what exactly is the difference between these two skin treatments?
Serums are used to target specific skin conditions.The molecular structure of a serum is very small, allowing it to penetrate and reach the deeper layers of the epidermis to achieve the desired result: skin firming, skin brightening, skin repairing etc. Serums are usually made of a combination of water (depending on the formula) plus active ingredients like peptides, vitamin C, glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids and they are generally lightweight. Serums are intended to be used together with a moisturizer.
Facial Oils are intended to moisturize, nourish and protect the skin. The molecules in a facial oil are larger so the oil penetrates only the top layer of the skin. Facial oils usually contain plant based oils and essential oils which provide the skin with lipids. Unlike cream moisturizers, oils are particularly effective because they mimic our skin’s natural sebum production helping to fortify the moisture barrier and keep your skin balanced. They also help to protect it from environmental damage which can lead to acne and premature aging. By providing the epidermis with lipids, facial oils boost hydration, which makes skin healthier and look more loved!