Skincare Saviours: The Difference Between Serum And Face Oil

As any beauty enthusiast knows, every good skincare routine is made up of at least three basic steps: Cleansing, toning, and moisturising.

While this is a great starting point for most people, to get seriously glowing, healthy skin, you need to add a few more steps to your routine. If you want your best skin yet, it’s time to incorporate a serum and face oil into your daily skincare steps.

At RAWW, we love to refer to these two skincare heroes as complexion gamechangers. Trust us when we say that’s not an overstatement in the slightest. Serums tackle pesky skin concerns like breakouts and dry, dull skin, while face oils leave your skin looking healthy and hydrated. What’s not to love? If you’re still not convinced that you need to add these two star skincare products to your routine, read on to get the full lowdown and learn why it’s time to try them today!

What’s The Difference Between Serum And Face Oil?

First thing’s first: Before we dive deep into the details of these two products, let’s take a closer look at what they actually are.

Think of face serums as targeted treatments. They contain high concentrations of active ingredients (like Hyaluronic Acid or Vitamin C) to address specific skin concerns, like pigmentation and premature ageing. Most serums are also water-based, meaning they absorb quickly and penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. In other words, it’s a huge part of why they’re so effective.

On the other hand, face oils nourish, rejuvenate, and soften the skin with the help of vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. They’re hydrophobic, so they work to repair the skin’s natural barrier, seal in moisture, and protect it from environmental stressors, like pollution. They also mimic our skin’s natural sebum production, keeping it plump and healthy.

Choosing The Best Serum And Face Oil For Your Skin

As with most natural skincare products, you’ll get the best results from your serum or face oil if you choose one that matches your skin type or concerns.

For example, our Dew Drop Hydrating Serum targets dryness, so it’s the best serum to apply right after cleansing, to relieve any tightness across the skin. It’s packed with our Wildberry Harvest™ blend, Aloe Vera, and Nori Extract to deliver a hit of hydration to the skin and lock in moisture.

Skin looking a little dull or lacklustre? Our Light Beam Radiance Serum will help you get your glow back. Infused with alpha hydroxy-rich acids, it gently exfoliates and renews the top layer of the skin, leaving it looking radiant and healthy. It’s a great serum for acne-prone skin, too.

As for oils, they’re suitable for all skin types - even oily skin! A pure, high-quality oil will actually help to balance your skin’s natural sebum production. You can buy individual oils (like Jojoba Oil) or blends made up of a few plant-based oils, which are great if you want to boost your results.

Our Day Warrior Light Facial Oil contains Coconut, Avocado, and Grape Seed Oil to bring life back to dull, tired skin, while our Night Owl Rich Facial Oil has Moringa, Rosehip, and Sweet Almond Oil to speed up collagen production and firm the skin.

Can You Use A Serum And Face Oil Together?

Since face serums and face oils are pretty different, there’s definitely room for both in your daily skincare routine! If you’re new to oils and your complexion is prone to congestion or acne, start by applying your face oil every second day at first to allow your skin to get used to them.

We know what you’re thinking: Do you put on a face oil or serum first?

The answer is, it’s always a good idea to apply your skincare products in order of thinnest to thickest. For gorgeous, glowing skin, follow these steps:
  • Wash your face with your favourite cleanser, and double-cleanse if you’ve been sweating or wearing makeup.
  • Refresh your skin with a spritz of our Balance-ME Mist Toner.
  • Serum time! While your skin’s still damp, add 2-3 drops to your palms. Then, gently press the serum over your face and neck and give it a minute to absorb.
  • Dab a pea-sized amount of our Super Hydrate-ME Eye Cream around your eyes.
  • Warm 2-3 pumps of face oil between your fingertips, then massage the oil into your skin to boost circulation. If you have oily or combination skin, try the Day Warrior Light Facial Oil. If your skin is dry, reach for the Night Owl Rich Facial Oil instead.
  • Lock in all that skincare goodness with a moisturiser or night cream. Moisturiser creates a protective barrier on top of your skin, which is why you want to apply it last!
Top Tip: If face oil feels heavy on your skin, mix 1-2 drops with your regular moisturiser instead of using it on its own. You can also add face oil to your foundation for a dewy makeup look!

Discover The Best Face Oils And Serums Online

Adding face serum and face oil to your daily skincare routine can take it to the next level and help you get healthy, radiant skin like never before. It’s amazing how much of a difference these two products can make - you’ll have to try it for yourself in order to believe it!

Now that you know when to use a face oil and serum, it’s time to supercharge your skincare routine. Check out our range of natural skincare online, and buy now and pay later with AfterPay!
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