What is the difference between face oil and serum? Oils and serums for the face are now part of the standard facial care repertoire for many. But what is the difference between the two types of product - and do you really need both?
Oils are arguably the oldest form of skin care. A face oil is a pure oil or a mixture of oils that is used to nourish, cleanse and regulate the skin. An effective, high-quality oil for the face consists of 100% herbal ingredients and, of course, does not contain any mineral oil components. Oils are similar in their composition to that of natural skin fat and can therefore penetrate very well into the top layers of the skin. There they donate moisture and strengthen the skin's lipid film - which helps the skin to retain moisture. Active ingredients that can also be found in facial oils are vitamins (natural or added), essential oils (such as lavender or rosemary oil) or plant extracts.
In contrast to oils, facial serums are water-based and therefore have a more gel-like texture. The molecular structure of serums is usually smaller than that of facial oils. This enables serums to penetrate deeper skin layers. Serums are therefore very suitable for deep treatment, where the active ingredients are transported deep into the skin. Where oils have their strengths in moisturizing, serums can score with targeted depth effects.