How to boost hydration - face oils vs serums

The beauty of life and each passing year is that we age, tell me about it, and overtime our skin changes to reflect this time. Hydration becomes an essential part of your skincare regimen. Having dry skin doesn’t help your skin to flourish and aid in its longevity to a flawless supple look. So, how do you increase hydration levels in your skin? Insert use of a moisturizer specific to your skin type and even better the use of a face oil or serum. It’s a great way to maintain moisture and increase hydration in the skin.

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What is a face oil?

Face oils are occlusive and usually plant based oils extracted from nuts, seeds and fruit. They rich in vitamins and minerals that are restorative and nourishing to the skin. They help to lock in moisture and operated as and healing component to the skin. The think to be mindful of is the type of oils we use. It is best to use oils with a smaller molecules or molecular structure closest to the natural sebum in your skin. This just enables it to really do its job and help your skin to absorb it easier. Such oils are, jojoba, almond oil and argan oil, to name a few.

How to use it?

Face oils should be applied last in your moisturizer step. You would apply it after using a face cream or after a serum. The purpose in using the oil last is to help lock in all that moisture and nourishing goodness into your skin. Face oils can be used in the morning or night in your daily skincare routine. The ingredients used in organic and natural ingredient face oils can be used on other areas of the body as well: face and hair.


If you’re looking to maintain hydration throughout your day, using a face oil is key. It helps to repair the skins barrier by locking in moisture and protecting it from various environmental factors. Based on the molecular size it absorbs deeper into the skin further enhancing hydration levels while leaving your skin glowing and dewy. It is a multi-functional product. It can be used on your body and in your hair.

How to boost hydration - face oils vs serums

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What is a serum?

Serums are usually water-based or a water-soluble product that is highly concentrated with active ingredients. They are formulated to target specific skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, or pigmentation. Some serums are oil based too. Enriched with vitamins and antioxidants, serums penetrate the skin helping to enhance the texture and elasticity of the skin – hello radiant skin!

How to use it?

After cleansing your skin and/or using a toner to balance the pH levels, you then apply the serum. The process of maintaining moisture levels in the skin is really about the order in which you layer the products. It’s always best to start light then increase to heavy. This means, you would start with the serum, then your moisturizer, then add oil. With the exception at night – as you choose. I would say using a serum only should is doable based on your skin type or concerns.


Since serums are water-based it easily penetrates and is absorbed by the skin quickly. The ingredients used are to target specific skin concerns as they are highly concentrated helping to supply all the nourishment the skin. Serums can also help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles along with reducing the appearance of pigmentation, help with healing or repairing skin damage. Under eye serums helps to reduce puffiness, and dark circles and fine lines too.

Sometimes choosing the perfect product can be mind boggling or more of a trial and error. Two things to be mindful of is knowing your skin type and skin concerns. This will enable you to invest in the right product that will provide all the benefits you need to address any skin concerns. Incorporating at least one face oil and/or serum into your skincare routine is a must if your want supple and glowing skin.

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