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Facial Oil vs. Facial Serum: What's the Difference?

Facial Oil vs. Facial Serum: What's the Difference?

Published by Shelby Lavery on 9th Mar 2021

The world of skincare can get confusing. Trust us, we know. There are so many products out there claiming to do wildly different things or even the same thing, and it can be hard to navigate this world, especially if you’re a skincare newbie. When it comes to facial oils and serums, it can be difficult to understand what each of them does, which is why we’re here to help clear it up for you! Consider this your beginner’s guide to facial serums vs. oils because, in this article, we’re going to answer all of your questions about the differences and similarities between facial oils and facial serums, what their benefits are, and how to get glowing skin by using these products together in the right way.

Facial Oil vs. Serum: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to facial oils and serums, it’s important to distinguish between them because they have similar, but different purposes in your overall skincare routine. According to Skin Regimen, the “main difference between using a serum and a facial oil is that oil molecules are much larger and can only penetrate the outermost layers of the skin.” Knowing this, serums are usually able to penetrate deeper into the skin. To phrase it differently, facial serums are typically used to target specific skin concerns while facial oils are typically intended to provide overall moisture to the skin.

You can also think of facial serums as supplements for your skin, as they consist of smaller molecules when compared to facial oils. Due to this chemical structure, facial serums are typically able to go deeper into the skin, targeting any specific areas of your skin that are problematic. According to Skin Regimen, the unique chemical structure of serums “allows them to deposit powerful active ingredients like peptides, antioxidant-rich vitamins or glycolic acids in the deeper layers of skin for more targeted results.”

The Benefits of Facial Serums

Considering that facial serums are typically used by consumers to target specific skin concerns, there are many benefits that come with using a facial serum. Serums usually have a lightweight texture, due to the fact that they have smaller molecules when compared to facial oils. It is because of these smaller molecules that they are able to penetrate deeply into the skin, specifically the areas of your skin where you are experiencing problems. Many people add facial serums to their skincare routine in order to help correct many different skin conditions or concerns.


Now you might be wondering if serums also function as facial oils. Well like many things in skincare (and in life), the answer to this question is yes and no. According to Skin Regimen, some serums have lots of moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides in order to help your skin maintain moisture over time, but “that doesn't make them moisturizers in the traditional sense.” It is typically recommended that you use a facial moisturizer after using a serum considering that the main purpose of a facial serum is to “deliver active ingredients deep within the skin” but not necessarily to provide added moisture.

The Benefits of Facial Oils

You already know that we love facial oils, it was our flagship product after all! If you’re new to facial oils, you might still be wondering what some of the benefits of adding a facial oil to your skincare routine are. For one, facial oils have been taking the beauty industry by storm. They have become one of the hottest skincare products on the market and it doesn’t seem like the trend is going anywhere anytime soon. Although facial oils typically aren’t able to penetrate the skin as deeply as serums, they do provide different benefits for your skin. One of the main benefits of facial oil is its ability to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier by depositing lipids on your skin.

Facial oils that contain other botanical ingredients in them such as rosehip and jasmine can provide other benefits as well. Our Facial Glow Oil contains many botanical extracts, including the ones listed above, as well as the cannabinoid CBD, which is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. In general, most facial oils are there to provide an added level of hydration and moisture, which is especially important for those of us that live in dry climates. According to Skin Regimen, “Increasing the moisture in your skin and providing it with essential oils is fundamental for a healthy, glowing complexion.”

How to Get Glowing Skin With a Facial Oil

If you haven’t already guessed it, the secret to glowing skin is combining the powers of a great facial serum with a facial oil packed with botanical ingredients that make your face look and feel amazing. One of the best ways to add these two products to your skincare routine is to start slow and experiment with what works best for you. A good thing to keep in mind is that facial serums have “up to 70 percent active ingredients, which makes them highly potent and result-oriented” so choosing the right facial oil to go with it is important. Keeping your skincare goals at the forefront of your mind when choosing a serum is important to keep in mind as well. For instance, if you are seeking more brightness, using a serum with a vitamin C booster might be your best option.

We hope this introduction to facial serums vs. oils was helpful and informative! Now go out into the world and live your best (and glowiest) life!

About Eossi Beauty

Eossi Beauty embraces the power of clean and pure botanicals. Derived from nature, our uniquely effective beauty products are created by two women driven by one purpose: to make life brighter—because we all deserve to feel as good as we look, naturally. Our affordable products are carefully formulated with sustainably sourced and thoroughly vetted ingredients, such as plant-based essential oils and broad-spectrum hemp cannabinoid oil that’s independently lab tested for quality and purity. Every day, our founders Shannon and Rochonne are living the Eossi Beauty ethos: create your own dynamic energy, cultivate love, and let your beauty shine.

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Resources:

  1. https://skinregimen.com/blogs/news/how-to-use-facials-oil-vs-serums#:~:text=The%20main%20difference%20between%20using,outermost%20layers%20of%20the%20skin.&text=Serums%20help%20to%20repair%20or,aging%2C%20hyperpigmentation%2C%20and%20acne.
  2. https://cleanbeauty101.follain.com/beginners-guide-serums-oils/