What’s the difference between a serum and a face oil?

Dr.-Spiller-Sensicura-Serum-abloomnova.net_-1313x1600 What's the difference between a serum and a face oil?

We admit it, as much as we love skincare, we can’t help but get completely confused by some of the terms. We were pretty comfortable with the serum, until facial oils became mainstream. Are they the same, or different?

IntotheGloss had all the info we needed… Essentially, traditional serums are water-based. Though, as the face oil trend grows (and there are more and more oils on the market), more oils are marketed as ‘serums.’ Many serums that you do use can feel very much like a face oil. Use whichever floats your boat.

There are water-based serums and the oil-based serums. Water-based serums go under the cream and they are so important. They nourish the inner layer of the skin because the molecule is very small so it penetrates—because of the P50, of course. The oil-based serums go on top of the moisturiser because they have a bigger molecule. They’re supposed to keep the cream and whatever you put underneath moist during the entire day. There are so many products out there and everybody claims that it’s the best, so consumers are confused as to what works for them.

And then there’s essence which is kind of the same as serum. Based on where they come in the routine (after cleansing, before moisturizing) and what function they serve (targeted skincare needs besides simple hydration) serums and essences are very similar. If anything, they differ in texture; Serums are gooier and more concentrated, while essences are watered-down with a more fluid texture. However, it’s mostly a difference in marketing. In Korea, for example, a lot of luxury brand serums are called an “essences.”

But back to a serum that acts like a serum and is branded as a serum!

Dr. Spiller Sensicura Serum comes with cell-protecting vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid for lasting regenerative effects and reduces irritation.

A valuable facial serum with nourishing active ingredients including Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid to provide the skin with regenerative, protective and hydrating effects while reducing irritation.

After cleansing and toning, apply to face, neck and décolleté in the morning and evening. Wait for a few minutes before applying an appropriate moisturizer.

Active ingredients:

  • Magnolia Bark Oil
  • Vitamin F Complex
  • Panthenol
  • Allantoin
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Vitamin E

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