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Oil or Serum? What Are They And Which One Is Best For Me?

Oil or Serum? What Are They And Which One Is Best For Me?

You’re not on your own if you’re not sure what a face serum does and how does it differ from an oil?

You might have seen face serums on shop shelves, read about them online or hey, you might even have one! Despite this, you’re still a little bit stumped when it comes to what exactly they do and why you really need one in your skincare routine. 

It’s safe to say that we’re always on the lookout for beauty products that give us glowing skin and help us age gracefully – am I right? And as it turns out, that’s why there is so much hype around face serums.

From clearing blemishes to soothing wrinkles, this skincare elixir has benefits galore and below we’ve pooled together the facts for you to clarify why your skin really needs one. 

What is a serum? 

Face serums are water-based and have a gel-like consistency. They contain a high concentration of active ingredients such as natural oils, vitamins and antioxidants.

They can be applied directly to your skin after cleansing as a stand-alone moisturising product that delivers an intense dose of performance ingredients right into the base of your skin.

For those of you who like a three-step routine, a serum can be layered under a day or night cream for ultimate moisturisation.

Think of them as the strikers of skincare - they shoot, and they score! 

What is the difference between a face serum vs face oil? 

Good question. Well, as face serums are typically water-based, their molecule size is much smaller than oil and can be absorbed quickly into your skin to work on a deeper level. 

Due to such small particles, serums are more lightweight on the skin and penetrate the skin’s surface instead of just hanging around on the epidermis like oils. 
This makes them extremely effective at delivering ingredients to problem areas and helping your skin to be hydrated, brighter, rejuvenated, more balanced and less inflamed – the list goes on and on. 

Whilst oils are great at nourishing the skin, they struggle to keep your skin fully hydrated or rid your skin of its problems on their own. They sit on the skin like a barrier, but usually need to be teamed with another agent to provide as many benefits as serums do. 

A facial serum promotes repair in the inner layer of the skin, so it’s perfect for helping soothe skin conditions such as acne and rosacea to give you real results and provide your skin with great hydration.

So, what ingredients should I look out for in a serum? 

Most serums are packed full of several ‘good for your skin’ ingredients. Look out for things such as Vitamins A, C and E alongside in addition to extracts of aloe vera, berries, mushroom, seaweeds and other good for skin ingredients.

Our 24 hr Rosehip Face Serum contains a high quantity of rosehip oil which is renowned for its skin healing benefits. 

Often hailed as a natural oil that is good for treating, well, just about everything from acne scars and fine lines to dehydrated skin and rosacea, rosehip oil has anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits that have scored it a large (and glowing) fan base.

Excuse the name drop, but Kate Middleton swears by it, and if it’s good enough for a princess it’s good enough for us! 

rosehip oil

What are the benefits of rosehip oil?

The essential fatty acids in rosehip oil help to rebuild the shield on our skin that things like age and pollution damage. It helps the skin to remain plump, smooth and radiant. 

But that’s not all - here are some of the best benefits you can reap from using a skincare product that contains rosehip oil: 

1. Anti-aging and wrinkle reducing 

The high level of vitamin C in rosehip oil alone gives it a potent anti-aging effect. It is packed with anti-inflammatory acids and vitamins A and C which are essential for cell regeneration in the skin. 

As vitamin C is an antioxidant, it can also protect and repair damage by UV rays and help to reduce wrinkles. Vitamin A is also a top tier vitamin when it comes to anti-aging! Why?

It reduces wrinkles, improves skins moisture levels and promotes cell turnover to lead to a brighter, more even complexion.

2. Naturally exfoliating and firming 

As rosehip oil has high quantities of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, it can work as a natural exfoliant and skin brightener.

It can also help your skin regain elasticity. If you’ve noticed your skin is losing its firmness, vitamins A and C can help with the production of some much need collagen.

Both vitamins encourage cell turnover and cell regeneration which boosts the overall radiance of your skin, leaving you with the skin of your dreams. 

3. Evens skin tone and brightens skin 

If you’re struggling to even out your skin tone or have red blotches your dying to fade, rosehip oil is for you! The vitamin C in rosehip oil has been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation and brighten the skin. 

Other astringent properties in this oil help to tighten your pores and adding it to your daily routine can have amazing results. I mean, can we bathe in it?

4. Reduces inflammation and acne

Rosehip oil contains vitamin E which is notoriously known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in both polyphenols and anthocyanin, which aid in the reduction of swelling and irritation.

This means that rosehip oil can really help treat certain skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Its anti-inflammatory properties such as linoleic acid have also been known to calm redness and treat acne cysts.

Why should I use a serum and which product is best for me? 

Ready to ramp up your skin health? Then use a face serum. 

Here at Kinvara Skincare, we believe every good skincare routine needs a serum to make it great.

They are beneficial to all skin types because they are full of quality ingredients and antioxidants that can only be found in both water and oil-based products. 
Even for those lucky few who don’t have any pressing skin concerns, a face serum can keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Looking for an everyday product? Try using our best-selling and award-winning 24hr Rosehip Face serum.

24 hr rosehip face serum

Our 24hr rosehip face serum is 100% organic and is designed to provide intensive care for even the most demanding skin, with added help from ingredients such as Vitamin E and Jojoba oil. 

By including both water and oil in our serum, we have guaranteed that it provides you with ultimate hydration. Whilst oils are great at nourishing and repairing your skin, on their own they can struggle to keep it properly hydrated.

Our 24hr rosehip face serum has the best of both worlds, and it also includes a concentrated amount of calming Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is only soluble in water, not oil, and has high levels of glucomannan along with an ability to aid in collagen production.

We recommend using our serum twice daily to get an intense dose of a selection of the finest ingredients and of course, of rosehip oil. Take a pea sized amount and smooth it all over your face and neck, once in the morning and once before bed.
With a concentrated formula packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, this serum can help your skin become it’s best yet.

It’s perfect for all skin types but particularly useful for dry, dehydrated or irritated skin. This serum smells divine, if we do say so ourselves, and is the skincare cocktail that your face has been desperate to drink for years. 

It might be a little bottle, but it makes a big difference…
For a limited time, we’re offering 15% off our 24hr Rosehip Face Serum using the discount code SKIN15 when buying via our website HERE.

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