TIPS + TRICKS | Serums, oils, milks, oh my!
Which comes first - serum or oil?What's the difference? Do I really need both? When face oils burst onto the scene, it most definitely sparked a new obsession... and a lot of confusion. The word serum is often used when talking about face oils too, which only adds to the confusion. So what's the deal? Don't worry, I'm here to help!
First things first, what's the difference? Serums are ultra-concentrated, typically water or aloe-based, lightweight products that should be applied immediately after cleansing and toning. Then follow your serum with your face oil and finish with sunscreen (during daytime). Think of serums as targeted treatments and face oils as moisturizers.
Now the crucial question, do you need both? Well, it depends on your skin. Because your skin has both water and lipid-loving layers, you might be doing yourself a disservice if you stick to oils alone. I typically recommend an antioxidant or Vitamin C serum for daytime and a brightening, decongesting serum for night. For additional skin-plumping nourishment, follow your serum with your favorite face oil, balm, or lotion.
What about balms? Balms are face oils butter-filled, richer cousins. They can be applied day or night, but remember to apply with a light touch for daytime. Balms provide an epic base for makeup - it glides on with ease.
What if I prefer lotions or creams? Fantastic! Use what makes your skin feel and look its absolute best. I'm a cream fan myself. There is something old-fashioned and downright lovely about applying a rich cream at night. Apply your lotion or cream over your morning and evening serums. If you still want to use a face oil in addition to your lotion, you can apply it before or after. I prefer to pat on a few drops of oil after applying my cream to seal everything in, but the choice is really yours.
If you are still a little confused, we've broken it down for you here!