The Difference Between a Face Oil & Serum


We have been getting so many questions about the difference between a face oil and a serum. As you may or may not know, we have recently launched Total Package Youth Protecting Serum, and a lot of you have asked us what the difference is between Most Wanted, our Radiant Facial Oil, and Total Package. What is the difference between a face oil and a serum? We have a lot to say on this subject, so grab your water or coffee and hang out with us for a bit! We are going to chat about the key differences in the battle of face serum vs face oil, how to choose between a face oil and serum, and the best face oil for every skin type (hint, we have got you covered with our clean beauty products!

How Do Facial Oils and Serums Differ?

The first and most important thing to note about a face serum vs face oil is that they are structurally very different, and target different concerns. To begin, face serums are usually mainly filled with very concentrated ingredients designed to target specific skincare concerns. Serums are usually lightweight and have a watery or gel-like consistency which allows them to be fluid and penetrate the skin. For best results, they are used right after a toner, onto clean skin. An oil, on the other hand, is designed to be used for extreme protection and hydration. When looking at face oils, you are always going to want to check to make sure that the essential oils used to formulate the facial oil are non-comedogenic. This means that they are oils that are safe for the skin and will not cause clogged pores or acne. Oils protect your skin from environmental factors like changes in weather (especially dryness) and pollution while allowing your skin to retain moisture. They also keep your skin looking supple and smooth, and work as an incredible last step of your skincare routine to lock in all the previous products you have used. Your skin needs both water and oil-based hydration, and how much of each you actually should be using depends on your skin type, and the climate you are in. For example, if you live in a typically humid climate, and suddenly go to a very dry place on vacation, you might notice your skin breaking out because all of a sudden you are without the water-based hydration your skin is used to. This is where you would have to supplement with a serum or oil depending on your situation.

We just launched Total Package Youth Protecting Serum, which focuses on hydrating, balancing, and protecting the skin from blue light rays from your screens. In this case, the ingredients are a concentrated blend which promotes youthful, balanced, and hydrated skin. Starting off with Lutein which is derived from the Marigold plant, a powerful antioxidant that protects against harmful blue light rays like excessive computer and cell phone use. Yes, you read that correctly! Blue light from our screens severely impacts your skin’s health and can lead to premature aging and wrinkles. Next up on the superpowered botanicals list is Purslane, an anti-aging powerhouse that helps to improve blood flow, stimulate cell repair, and decrease the appearance of scars and wrinkles. After that, Blue Tansy Oil helps to calm irritated skin, reduce redness, clear congested pores and kill pimple-causing bacteria. Yarrow & Burdock Root Extract are skin-soothing antioxidants great for problematic skin, and Gotu Kola Extract helps to speed up the skin's healing process and boost the formation of collagen. We also included another crowd favorite, Hyaluronic Acid & Ceramides, which offer extreme moisture retention & hydration. Next up is Chlorella, a green microalgae with vitamins and minerals that help to stimulate cells to reproduce at a faster rate. Finally, Arnica Extract which has anti-inflammatory properties helps to reduce puffiness and aid in skin healing. And last but not least, Licorice Extract which is there to help to reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin.

How To Choose Between Face Oil and Serum

In this case, if your skin only needs water-based hydration, you could be done with your routine after this step. But we highly recommend locking in the moisture with Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil. In case you don’t know, that’s our “face oil for people who can’t wear face oil”.We formulated and researched our face oil serum for over two years before launching, and it includes ingredients that will assist in repairing the skin barrier. Among the ingredients it contains are Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids, a powerful antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory with wide-ranging benefits for the skin. Also, Jojoba Seed Oil which is rich in antioxidants and skin healing properties to soothe, reduce redness, and repair, and Marula Oil which is a deeply moisturizing oil rich in critical antioxidants, and omega 6 and 9 which nurture the skin. Next up is Rosehip Oil which repairs skin damage by restoring elasticity and collagen, giving the skin a rejuvenated look and feel. Last but not least is Evening Primrose Oil which promotes a healthy, clear, rejuvenated complexion by addressing roughness, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation.

The Best Facial Oil for Every Skin Type

When coming up with the formula for Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil, we made sure to have it tested on as many different skin types as possible, so we could ensure that it would be the best facial oil for every skin type. We wanted to make sure that every person who has ever said “I can’t use facial oils” could use Most Wanted. We know facial oils can be tricky. Suitable for ALL skin types (including sensitive and acne-prone skin) Most Wanted is THE face oil for people who “can’t use face oil.” We searched far and wide seeking answers from aestheticians, dermatologists, and YOU to create the perfect all-natural blend of luxurious, high-performing oils that you wanted most. Most Wanted is infused with 500mg Broad Spectrum CBD, and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that calm, soothe and revitalize the skin. This unique blend of supercharged ingredients has been expertly formulated to deeply moisturize and restore the skin’s natural balance, revealing a clear and radiant glow.

We really hope this article has helped you understand the difference between face serum vs face oil, and in what situation you will need one or the other, or both. Both Total Package Youth Protecting Concentrate and Most Wanted Youth Protecting Serum are formulated with only the cleanest, super-powered botanical ingredients, and as always are completely vegan and cruelty-free. If you have any further questions on face serums, face oils, or how to best use our products in combination with each other, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@thefeelist.com, we love to chat!