SELF CARE SUNDAY: SERUMS & OILS
When it comes to skin care, I've tried it all. Between developing cystic acne when I was 14 and wanting to age gracefully, I've bought (and used) almost every skincare product on the market. It wasn't until I discovered the magical powers of serums & oils that I really started to love my skin!
Since serums and oils are two VERY different things, I set out to find y'all some answers. Plus, not everyone has been testing products since they hit puberty so, I've compiled a list of the questions I get asked about the most.
Let's start with serums....
What is serum?
A serum is a skincare product that you apply after cleansing your face and before you moisturize. The intention is to apply it directly to the skin allowing the powerful ingredients to absorb deep past the surface. This makes it perfect for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles, acne and discoloration.
Can serum be used as a moisturizer?
I go back and forth on this one. Yes, if it's a hylauronic acid based serum, but no, if it's anything else. Serums will help retain moisture in your skin, but they still do not act as a barrier on the skin like a thicker cream or lotion.
How often should you use a serum?
This all depends on the serum (read the label people), but most of the time, it's once a day.
And now we're onto face oils (aka my skin care saving grace)......
When should you apply an oil?
Your face oil goes on after your moisturizer, or if you're lazy like me, I dab my moisturizer on and then rub it AND 1-2 drops of the oil in at once. Either way, you're still ensuring that the face oil helps lock in that much needed moisture.
If you have oily skin, can you still use a face oil?
Yes, yes and YES!!!!! Moreover, oil might actually work to clear up acne. Say what? Yes! Sometimes, especially if you fall under the “oily skin” type, your body is making more and more oil because you’re over drying it with any acne or "oil free" products. Adding an oil to your skincare routine will help balance out your skin and slow down overall oil production. Hence, making acne a thing of the past!
What type of oil should you use?
This is hard for me to advise on since everyone's skin is so much different, but these are a few oils that tend to work;
- Oily Skin: Lotus Face Treatment Oil by Clarins , Lemon Oil by Aphrodite's Boutique
- Sensitive Skin: Rose Oil by Pixi Beauty
- Dry Skin: Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil by Murad
- Combination Skin: Daily Reviving Concentrate by Kiehls
What's the difference between serum and face oil?
Drum roll please........
There's only one difference, and that's when you apply them in your skincare routine! Serums go under your moisturizer as they penetrate deeper into the skin and oils go on top to help lock in the moisture giving you that dewy healthy look. Yes, it's really that simple.
Now that you have the information, it's time to sit back, relax, and practice perfecting your skincare routine!
Happy Sunday :)