We often get asked whether a moisturiser is enough or whether you should add a Serum to your skincare routine. And as you may have already noticed, we are big fans of serums. Especially oil based serums.
Moisturisers and creams are the results of what is called an emulsion between an oil base and a water base. What this means for your skin is that it will be absorbed into the skin very quickly, often in a matter of seconds. The advantage of using a moisturiser is that you can then apply your makeup almost straight away after using a face cream.
But for most of us, using a moisturiser in the morning and in the evening just isn't nourishing enough for the skin, especially with the colder days creeping up on us. And that is why we are huge fans of adding serums to our skincare routines even with oily/blemish prone skin.
We recommend using a normal moisturiser in the morning, especially if you need to get your makeup done and get out of the door quickly. However, in the evenings, we recommend an oil based serum all the way. It will give your skin the right vitamins, nutrients and fatty-acids to heal and replenish during the night.
One main concern that many skincare enthusiasts have when it comes to adding an oil based serum to their skincare routine is whether it will clog pores and lead to a breakout.
That’s a bit of a tricky question because that depends on the quality of the ingredients and the comedogenic factor of the botanical oils used. But as a general rule if you choose the right oil serum, it should not lead to a breakout and actually clear up your skin instead. Some of the botanical oils that are at very low risk of clogging your pores are as follow: Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Primrose Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Plum Kernel Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Oil, Inca Inchi Oil.
Other oils that are low risk of clogging pore are as follow: Sweet Almond oil, Camelina Oil, Tamanu Oil.
Botanical Ingredients in our Serums: The Real Stuff
When formulating our Serums, we were after the very best active botanical ingredients available to address specific skincare concerns & needs.
And like all of our products, our serums can be used guilt free as they do not contain any chemicals. No preservatives, no SLS, no silicones, not artificial fragrances. Only the good stuff!
Botanical Oils addressing Real Skin Condition
Botanical Oils can also help address certain skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis in a completely natural way. Many have tried treating these conditions with botanical oils and had great success in doing so. Oils such as Plum Kernel Oil, Camelina Oil and Hemp Seed Oil for exemple (only 3 of many) will help heal and tone down many skin conditions that petrochemicals would simply aggravate or hide.
The Active Ingredients Are Already in the Botanical Oils
Now we LOVE active ingredients that fill certain specific roles in skincare products. That is why one of our serums contains 10% of Fruit Enzymes and the other contains Botanical Collagen. But botanical and herbal oils are also naturally packed with very active ingredients that do wonders for the skin; To name a few:
- Inca Inchi Oil is very high in Omega 3’s (it has the highest omega 3 content compared to any other oils available)
- Fruit kernel or seed oils are very rich in anti-oxidants which make them highly anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing.
- Some oils also contain an extraordinary amount of Vitamins such as Vitamin E: Avocado Oil, Hemp Oil, Rosehip Oil to name a few.
So have we convinced you to give oil based serums a try? Let us know in the comments below