If there is one thing that I think should be in everyone's daily skin care routine, it's a natural facial serum or oil! Lightweight and easily absorbed, they're packed with potent ingredients that can target specific skin types and issues. But what is the difference between a serum and an oil, and what's the best way to use them?
Difference between a serum and oil
Generally, a serum is a water-based formulation, with concentrated active ingredients. Serums might come in the form of a thin and runny liquid to thicker gel, and are known to deeply penetrate skin thanks to their small molecule size. Meanwhile, facial oils combine one or more pure plant or nut oils, which have larger-sized molecules. Both work to hydrate and support the skin, but serums may be able to provide a deeper or more concentrated burst of active ingredients, whereas oils deliver moisture and protection. Depending on your skin type, you might use one or the other, either alone or in conjunction with a moisturiser. If using both a serum and an oil, it's typically recommended to apply your serum first, then an oil (in line with their molecule size – from smallest to largest!)
Best natural serums for all skin types
Biologi Bd Luminosity Face Serum
A moisturiser, toner, primer and superfruit serum rolled into one, the Biologi Bd Luminosity Face Serum is a hardworking formula which leaves the skin looking radiant and rejuvenated, and is ideal for all skin types but especially those with sun-damaged, mature or acne prone skin. Its hero ingredient is 100% active Davidson Plum Extract, which is packed with antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids and fruit acids to help reduce redness and pigmentation and gently resurface the skin.
Life Basics Superfood Facial Serum
Packed with goodies including Kale, Parsley, Chia, Sunflower and Avocado Oils, the Life Basics Superfood Facial Serum ingredients list sounds like a salad! Together, these nutrient-rich ingredients deliver a burst of much-needed plumping hydration, brightening antioxidants and firming essential fatty acids to all skin types, especially dry skin.
100% Pure Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum
The 100% Pure Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum is an ultra-powerful serum designed for overnight use only, full of Vitamin C, Niacinamide and Vitamin E in a stabilised formula. This potent serum works to help reverse signs of ageing, boost collagen production and brighten skin tone, restoring a youthful glow to mature skin.
Retreatment Botanics Kakadu Brightening Serum
Ideal for all skin types, the Retreatment Botanics Kakadu Brightening Serum is an intensive Vitamin C serum designed to brighten skin tone, minimise the appearance of pigmentation and target blemishes, all thanks to powerful ingredients including Australian native Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime and Desert Lime. This potent formula also includes moisturising Hyaluronic Acid for a burst of deep hydration.
Natural facial oils for all skin types
Life Basics Cacay Oil
Perfect for all skin types, the Life Basics Cacay Oil is made from nothing but pure, cold-pressed Cacay nut oil, said to contain up to three times more Vitamin A than Rosehip and up to 50% more Vitamin E than Argan Oil. This gently nourishing oil works to help hydrate, smooth and brighten skin, leaving it supple and soft thanks to its rich conditioning properties.
Pai BioRegenerate™ Rosehip Oil
Known as the most concentrated Rosehip Oil on the market, the Pai BioRegenerate™ Rosehip Oil uses volcanically sourced CO2 to extract the complete properties of the Rosehip plant, delivering a potent and rich fruit oil which works to help improve the appearance of skin. With natural Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 as well as antioxidants and vitamins, this nourishing oil helps to combat scars, sun damage, pigmentation and fine lines.
Life Basics CoQ10 Daily Facial Oil
The Life Basics CoQ10 Daily Facial Oil is particularly great for mature or dry skin types, and those with pigmentation or scarring, filled with over 60 antioxidants and 20 minerals from potent ingredients such as Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip, Jojoba and Almond Oils as well as Vitamins A, C, E & K. Silky smooth and non-greasy, it can be applied to skin morning and night.
The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil
The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil is made from 100% natural cold-pressed Australian Jojoba, one of the only plants known to produce wax esters similar to our skin. Perfect for all skin types but especially acne prone skin, this golden oil is rich in Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids as well as Vitamins A, D & E.