Looking at the wide variety of different products available, it can be easy to lose focus and become overwhelmed by the extensive number of options. The names of some beauty products can cause confusion for the customer – how can you know what the right product or routine for your skin is when the shelves are filled with serums, oils, moisturizers, exfoliators and masks. No product looks like the other and every product has a different effect – Who wouldn’t be overwhelmed? We want to lighten the dark a bit and tell you about the differences and effects of oils, serums, and creams.
Oils are composed of oil mixtures and specialized essential oils. Often, they are incorrectly labelled as serums which adds to the confusion. A face-specified oil gives intense moisture to the skin and supplies the skin with important nutrients. In the ideal case, oils consist of effective and active oils with a high amount of essential oils and omega. Our body cannot produce these fatty acids itself, so, it is important that we supply our body with them from the inside as well as the outside. Fatty acids contain countless vitamins and minerals that nourish our skin. Oils contain a natural affinity to our skin owned lipids and can be absorbed deeply into the epidermis. Many face oils contain essential oils, which achieve an optimal effect together with conventional oils. They consist out of hundreds of molecules and can not only improve the skin complexion, but have a positive impact on your soul.
A serum is made of water, oil, active ingredients and peptides. Generally, serums are versatile products, which own several skin-improving features. Most face serums are based on water and contain a lot of vitamins, peptides and other ingredients specifically fitting diverse needs. The special effects of serums can be explained through the unique formulation and manufacturing. Serums contain less molecules which enables them to enter deeper skin layers. In the manufacturing process, a big amount of liquid is extracted so that there is a high concentration of active ingredients. These make the serums to the most effective products of every skin care routine.
A moisturizing cream is made of water and oil, bound with a type of wax and active ingredients. The molecule structure of a moisturizing cream is much higher than that of a serum or oil so that it enters the upper skin layers. It helps to save moisture and nutrients in the skin, which is especially important in the winter time as our skin is exposed to temperature changes.
The right products for your skin
When choosing skin care products, it is important to know one’s own skin. Dry and sensitive skin needs other skin care than oily and impure skin. Generally, a combination of an oil, a serum and a moisturizer, fitting the skin type, is a good choice. First of all, the face needs to be cleansed and toned. Then, the oil can be applied with the fingers, this is especially beneficial at night or during cold days. People with oily skin tend to avoid face oils as they fear impurities, but actually, the opposite occurs. Oils sink into the skin quite fast and do not contain heavy waxes that tend to sit in the upper skin layers clogging pores, which lead to blemishes. After the oil, a serum can be applied. It is important to test it first on a small part of the skin as serums contain high amounts of active ingredients and irritations can possibly occur. An advantage of serums is that you only need a small amount. The last step in your routine should be the moisturizer, which makes sure that the moisture is saved and builds a protective barrier in the skin. For oily skin, a moisturizer is also necessary. While applying all products, it is important to let every layer sink in before applying the next one, so that each product can act properly.
Dry skin needs moisture, so it is advisable to use products that are specialized in keeping moisture in the long-run. Natural plant oils and special serums can be very useful here. A gentle cleanse lets dry skin relax optimally. It can also be beneficial to drink a lot of water, so that the skin can be served with moisture from the inside.
Mostly, in case of sensitive skin, it’s best to use natural products as they do not contain artificial fragrance, preservatives or other ingredients that may be irritating. Further, it is important to not use rough-grained exfoliators and avoid products with PEG emulsifiers.
Oily and acne-prone skin
People with oily skin should avoid products that are based on oils as these have a lipid replenishing effect. Using exfoliators regularly, sebum and dirt can be removed and a mask can cleanse the skin pore deep. Regarding moisturizers, you should go for products that are free of fats and that have a calming, anti-bacterial effect.
The best way to suit combination skin is to use different products as your skin has several needs. For dry spots a rich cream can be used and for oily spots a lighter skin care.