There’s a difference!
These three categories of products seem pretty straightforward right? But I actually hear heaps of confusion about how to use them properly. With the explosion of Instagram beauty enthusiasts a lot of mis-information is out there on what is what and how they should be used. Here’s my professional breakdown for you.
Serums are classified as lightweight gel or fluid that easily penetrates into the skin. If they are oily, they’re not a serum, they’re an oil. The light texture allows the serum to carry active ingredients deep into the skin. These are active ingredients you’re familiar with like vitamin c, vitamin a, plant extracts and peptides. Serums are the ‘cure’ for your skin conditions to help correct and balance your skin. Because of their texture we always apply these first before anything else after cleansing. You can find our serums here.
Oils are pure lipids, which help to replenish the lipids in your skin when you’re extra dry and flaky. Most people, especially under 40s are more dehydrated than dry and will need to reach for serums before oils. If you’re not dry and flaky than you’re most likely dehydrated and a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid would be a better fit for your skin.
The best way to use oils is with your moisturizer. Skin needs water, oil and ceramides to be properly hydrated and balanced. When oils are used alone on the skin, it can cause low inflammation, which can cause the skin to become sensitized over time. So during those dry months when you’re feeling extra dry and flaky adding a few drops of oil into your moisturizer can really help. I recommend only doing this at night because excess oil on the skin during the day can be problematic with keeping makeup in place.
Lock it in! Moisturisers are our heaviest skincare product and it locks in everything else underneath like our serums. It also gives us adequate hydration, and in professional skincare we can easily balance oily or combination skin.
Day moisturizers that contain and SPF are best used in the morning. I prefer the Eminence SPF moisturizers as they disappear into the skin beautifully and still allow makeup to sit well. You don’t want anything to greasy under your makeup!
Night moisturisers I prefer to be a bit heavier and I love to add a few drops of oil to ‘embalm’ myself at night. When I woke up in the morning my skin is always very soft and glowy. Discover our moistuisers here.
If you’re still confused about what you should be using at home we’re always available for a free skin chat.