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The difference between a facial oil and a face serum 

If a facial cleanser, cleanses. And a toner.. well, tones. Then what does a facial serum and facial oil do? We are here to bring clarity to the confusion.  Read on. 


First, let’s go over what exactly is a face serum
By definition, it is a light weight, water based concentration of active ingredients specifically formulated to target a distinct skin concern such as acne, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and signs of aging.

Because they contain active ingredients, the goal of the serum is to enter your pores as deeply as possible due to the fact that serums absorb pretty quickly. Serums should only be applied after cleansing and toning and before moisturizer and sunscreen and can be used both AM and PM during your daily skin care regimen.

Facial serums are not created to replace products but rather act as a booster. Using a hyaluronic acid serum would further amplify your moisturizers ability to hydrate and plump your skin, but acting alone it would fall short. 


A facial oil is much different 
Facial oils like Avoila Nourishing Facial Oil is extracted from fruit seeds and nuts and are loaded with essential vitamins, fatty acids, antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.

Unlike facial serum, a face oil can replace other products in your skincare routine like an eye treatment and moisturizer.

When used correctly, facial oil adds a protective barrier on the skin while keeping the skin well hydrated. Make sure you are using a non comedogenic oil like Avoila Nourishing Facial Oil to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. 


Comparing the two
The difference between the serums and oils boils down to the molecular structure of the formulations. Facial serums have smaller molecules compared to oil and are absorbed much quicker into the dermis layers.

Oil of course is not water based, and doesn’t absorb as quickly into the skin as serum does - however, its structure mimics sebum which makes it the perfect tool for aiding the skin's barrier. The two products work beautifully together when applied on the face appropriately.

After cleansing, apply your serum and wait for it to be fully absorbed. After that, add a few drops of Avoila Nourishing Facial Oil into your palm and gently press it into your face and neck. This will seal in your serum and deliver nutrients to your skin. For best results, use this layering technique every day - morning and night for a healthier and brighter complexion. 

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Kristy and I were recently interviewed by Adoratherapy founder, Laura McCann as part of her People We Adore series. We had such a great talk on IG Live and we wanted to share parts of it with you here. You can also see Laura's original post here.

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