When it comes to skincare I do a lot of research by reading blogs, reviews and watching videos. These days, investing in high quality products can quickly become pretty pricey and even though I'll indulge in the occasional splurge I want to know that they are proven to work and not just wrapped in a cute package.
Like so many people I had preconceived notions that serums and oils make your skin oily and more prone to breakouts. That was until I FINALLY decided to start using them.
Fast forward 2 months and I don't know how I've ever lived without them. My skin is much more softer, plumper, hydrated and way less red and blotchy in the under-eye area. My cheeks don't feel as dry and my makeup looks glowier without making me look too shiny throughout the day.
In this post I'd like to give some basic knowledge about oils and serums, the differences, the benefits, and how to use them. Hopefully you'll feel more confident about introducing them into your own skin care regimen.
The Difference & Benefits
Facial oils are great for providing the skin with hydration and important nutrients like essential oils and natural plant extracts. The moisture keeps the skin balanced and plump looking keeping your overall appearance fresh and radiant. These oil-based treatments are easily absorbed into the skin and protect your face from any environmental damage which cause wrinkles and acne.
Serums are highly concentrated water-based liquids, ranging from light to thick consistency. They contain antioxidants, vitamins, and many other properties that minimize fine lines, wrinkles, reduce hyper-pigmentation, tighten, minimize pores and breakouts, and even exfoliate. Serums contain much smaller molecules than oils and thus can penetrate into deeper layers of the skin that oils and moisturizers cannot reach, making this beneficial to a larger array of skin concerns.
How To Use Oils and Serums In Your Skin Care Routine
How to use all of these products can get a bit confusing in the beginning, however once you get the hang of it it's fairly simple:
Serums or oils are supposed to work in conjunction with your daily moisturizer and not alone since the serums/oils provide your skin with the necessary nutrients which the moisturizer then seals and locks into the skin. If you have very dry skin like mine you'll want to use both serums and oils a few times a week to give your skin that extra dose of moisture and vitamins.
The rule of thumb is to apply the lighter products first. Since serums are water-based those will be applied before the oils, since they are lighter in formulation.
For the application you can either add a few drops onto your hand and then gently pat or dab them onto the areas you feel need the most care, or you can also drop it directly onto your face and work it in like that, it's completely up to you. Remember that you will only need a few drops since they are both highly concentrated!!
Give each product time to settle into your skin for a few minutes and dry, that way it won't pill. Lastly apply your moisturizer of choice and voila, you're done!
Which Ones Are Right For My Skin type?
This is a question that I took me HOURS of research. Everyone's skin type reacts so differently and sometimes it takes some trial and error to find your perfect match, however below is what I have found out.
(I'd like to add here that this is just a rough guideline. I am no dermatologist and highly recommend you due your due diligence before blindly spending your money!)
I hope this guide was helpful to you! I'd love to know your favorite serums and oils- let me know below!