Face Serum vs Oil & The Best Products

May 12, 2022

Face Serum vs Oil & The Best Products

Wondering when to use a face oil versus a serum?

You should use BOTH as they do different things. We break down all the reasons while highlighting the benefits of the best oils and serums we’ve found.

But first, what’s the big difference between face serums and face oils? Serums address specific areas of concern with potent, active ingredients to target hydration depletion, sun spots, lines, dullness, and blemishes. Facial serums typically have a watery, gel-like consistency designed to penetrate the skin’s surface more readily and sit under your moisturizer.

On the other hand, facial oils are more emollient in consistency, containing vitamins and essential fatty acids to rest on top of your moisturizer (or replace it!) to seal in hydration. Face oils also work to strengthen your skin barrier as the oil sits on the uppermost layer of the skin. To summarize: Face serums sink into the skin while face oils sit on top of the skin.

When it comes to the order of applying serums and oils, always put your serum on first, followed by your moisturizer, then end with your face oil. If skipping moisturizer, you can also go straight to your face oil after your serum to seal in all the goodness. 

Now that you know the “how” and “why”, let's share our favorite face serums and face oils to amplify your routine. 

 

The Serums

Vintner's Active Botanical Serum

This beloved glow-boosting serum is infused with active botanical extracts to nourish, brighten, firm, and boost circulation. It may feel like a dry oil, but that’s because it's designed to quickly soak deep into your skin like a beautifying serum with the highest concentrations of actives in the industry—and a patented Phyto Radiance Infusion™ to power drive those yummy nutrients.


VENN Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum

Part serum, part oil; insanely popular. This multi-correcting facial oil serum uses 34 extracts, essential oils, and botanicals to nourish the skin with firming hydration and maximize elasticity and radiance. Active ingredients include extracts that have been fermented for 150 hours.


Dr. Sturm Brightening Serum

Get an instant glow by wearing this serum alone, under your moisturizer, or under makeup for an added pop of luminous hydration. Enhanced with shimmer particles, this serum visibly brightens and reduces pigmentation. Packed with Hyaluronic Acid and Ginseng Extract it also protects against environmental stress. 


Beautycounter Counter+ All Bright C Serum

This game-changing serum is blended with Vitamin C to reduce dark spots and antioxidant-rich Turmeric and Camu Camu to prevent new ones from forming. Plus it’s clinically proven to even skin tone and instantly brighten your complexion.

 

VENN Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum $130
Venn Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum
Youth to the People Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum $54
Youth To The People - Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum
Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum $195
Active Botanical Serum
Vintner's Daughter Active Treatment Essence $225
Active Treatment Essence
Decree Treat Tincture $166
DECREE Treat Tincture Daily PM Serum
Decree Protect Elixir $140
Protect Elixir Vegan formula
Bynacht Iconic Reborn Radiant Serum $225
Iconic Reborn Radiant Serum
Bynacht Hypercharged Glass Skin Serum $330
Hypercharged Glass Skin Serum
MBR Tissue Activator Serum $191
Tissue Activator Serum 30ml
Environ Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 1 $137
Environ Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 1
Environ Vita-Botanical Mela-Fade Serum System A+B $128
Environ Vita-Botanical Mela-Fade Serum System A+B
Environ Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 2 $142
Environ Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 2
Pai Back to Life Hydrating Serum $74
PAI Back to Life Hydrating Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum $320
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
Environ Vita-Antioxidant AVST Gel $64
Environ Vita-Antioxidant AVST GEL
Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops $150
Dr. Barbara Sturm GLOW DROPS
VENN Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate $195
VENN Skincare Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate Skincare - Serums VENN
VENN Vitamin B Activated All-In-One Concentrate $195
VENN Skincare Vitamin B Activated All-In-One Concentrate Skincare - Serums VENN
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum $370
Dr. Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum 30ML
Environ Peptide Enriched Frown Serum $186
Environ Peptide Enriched Frown Serum
Pai Instant Kalmer Serum $79
PAI Instant Kalmer Serum
Bynacht Reverse Sun Radical Recovery Serum $310
Reverse Sun Radical Recovery Serum
Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir $85
GOLDFADEN MD. - Brightening Elixir Solution
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Good C $145
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Good C Concentrated Vitamin C Serum
VENN Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster $165
VENN - Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster
alpyn beauty Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum $59
Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum
Ideo Ideo Skin Memory Serum $175
Ideo Skin Memory Serum - Paraben Free Anti-Aging Serum
Pai All Becomes Clear Blemish Serum $55
PAI All Becomes Clear Blemish Serum
Bynacht Post Laser and Procedure Ultra Repair Serum $325
Post Laser and Procedure Ultra Repair Serum
Bynacht High Moon Firming Decolleté Gel $175
High Moon Firming Decolleté Gel
Irene Forte Hibiscus Serum $215
Hibiscus Serum Irene Forte
Goldfaden MD Needle-Less Line Smoothing Concentrate $120
GOLDFADEN MD - Needle-Less Line Smoothing Concentrate
MBR Liquid Surgery Serum $1,983
Liquid Surgery Serum
BEAUTYCOUNTER Counter+ All Bright C Serum $90
Beautycounter Counter+ All Bright Vitamin C & Turmeric Serum
Skin Design London Face Tight $180
Face Tight
Nature Of Things Balancing Facial Essence $95
Nature of Things - Balancing Facial Essence 50ml bottle
Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Serum $310
Dr. Sturm Night Serum 10ML
Goldfaden MD DETOX HYDRATING GEL - BHA Skin Balancing Moisturizer $58
GOLDENFADEN MD - DETOX HYDRATING GEL - BHA Skin Balancing Moisturizer
alpyn beauty Wild Nettle & Niacinamide Firming Serum $58
Wild Nettle & Niacinamide Firming Serum
Augustinus Bader The Serum $390
Augustinus Bader The Serum - Vegan Anti-Aging Serum
SIO Beauty Sio Energy Serum $50
SIO - Energy Serum Rapid Moisture Drop Serum
Goldfaden MD Goldfaden Radiance Repair Serum $95
Goldfaden Radiance Repair Serum
Irene Forte Triple Level Hyaluronic Serum $155
Triple Level Hyaluronic Serum by Irene Forte
Youth to the People Vitamin A + Niacinamide Youth Serum $68
Vitamin A + Niacinamide Youth Serum - Youth to the people
Ignae Rich Night Serum $232
Rich Night Serum
Ignae Blue Light Day Serum $116
IGNAE Blue Light Day Serum
Ignae Enriched Regenerating Serum $184
IGNAE Enriched Regenerating Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B - Niacinamide Serum $145
Dr. Sturm The Better B - Niacinamide Serum
Leland Francis Twenty-nine Botanical Serum $90
Twenty-nine Botanical Serum Leland Francis
Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops $150
Dr. Barbara Sturm SPF 50 Sun Drops Serum
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The Face Oils

Supernal Cosmic Glow Oil

Feels ultra-luxurious because it’s infused with botanicals and nutrient-rich ingredients handcrafted in small batches. Use it after your serum or entire skincare routine to revitalize with added luminosity and help all your skincare sink in.


Furtuna Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil

Get the benefits of both a moisturizer and a face oil with this luxurious Vitamin C enriched oil combining two bioactive formulas in one. It smells of delicate magnolia oil while plumping and repairing the skin’s protective barrier.

Mara Evening Primrose + Green Tea Algae Retinol Face Oil

This superhero treatment boosts hydration and barrier repair while tackling wrinkles, pronounced pores, and uneven texture. It saturates your complexion with all 20 known amino acids and free-radical fighting antioxidants, coupled with phytonutrient powerhouses to plump skin and lock in moisture.

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