As we sell an oil-based serum, I am often asked what it is, what's its purpose and how do you use it. Your questions are understandable because there are many types of serums on the market, and it can be confusing knowing which one does what.
Serums are formulated skincare products designed to deliver a higher concentration of active ingredients to the skin. Gel based serums are commonly used to deliver a toning and uplifting feeling to the skin, while a water based serum may be used to deliver a higher concentration of humectants to the skin.
You may have also come across a moisturising serum, which is a blend of water and oils (emulsion), and its goal is to deliver a higher amount of moisturisation and act as a barrier to protect the skin.
Facial Oil vs Facial Serum
The fourth type of serum available on the market is what we call a Facial Oil Serum. Just to make things a little bit more confusing, they are not the same as a Facial Oil!
A Facial Oil’s primary function is to moisturise, protect and strengthen the skin’s barrier. A Facial Oil serum will feel a lot lighter than a Facial Oil as it is formulated with specialised high-end, fast absorbing oils. These oils are chosen for their rich antioxidant content, polyphenols, essential fatty acids, botanical extracts and other compounds which go beyond meeting the above aforementioned primary functions, additionally targetIng a skin care problem.
Here are some examples.
- Repair sun damage and treat hyper-pigmentation
- Calm inflamed and irritated skin
- Tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Fight acne and future break outs
A Facial Oil Serum will also contain an antioxidant, such as Rosemary CO2 extract, that preserves the shelf life of the precious oils. This also slows down the appearance of ageing, relieves skin inflammation and protects the skin from free radical damage.
So, you see, not all serums are the same, but they are all highly concentrated “powerhouse” formulations designed to delivere targeted results.
How to use
A facial serum contains a higher concentration of active ingredients, so you only need to apply a few drops to gain the intended results (I cannot speak on behalf of other brands, but only for our product, Saffron Glow Facial Oil Serum).
Saffron Glow Facial Oil Serum
Our serum contains high end carrier oils, which are easily absorbed by the skin. They protect and strengthen the skin’s barrier while preventing moisture from leaving the skin.
- Prickly Pear Seed Oil
- Olive Squalane
- Oat Lipid E Oil
The high beta-carotene content (Saffron, Carrot CO2 extract and Rosehip Oil) helps brighten the skin and reduces the appearance of sun spots, dull skin and hyper pigmentation.
Many customers also notice a reduction in inflammation, which is a result of the Rosemary CO2 extract.
How to use
Saffron Glow Facial Oil Serum can be used in conjunction with your existing moisturiser or on its own.
If you are using it with your moisturiser, add 1 drop with a small amount of moisturiser in your hand, then apply. Do not mix the entire contents into your cream! This may compromise the preservative system designed specifically for your moisturiser.
If you prefer, you can apply the serum after using your moisturiser. Alternatively, our serum is very versatile, and if you prefer to apply the serum first, please do so.
Saffron Glow Facial Oil Serum can also be used on its own. Whether you want an all-natural product free from fillers, emulsifiers, preservatives and water, or simply because your skin prefers oil based products, our serum is perfectly ok to apply ‘naked’.
Everyone’s skin is unique, so don’t be afraid to discover how it is best applied to your skin.
Can Saffron Glow Facial Oil Serum be applied to the skin around the eye area?
The skin around the eyes is thinner and more fragile than the skin on the face. Fragrances, essential oils and other certain ingredients can irritate the eyes, so it is always best to choose a product designed specifically for the skin around the eye area.
Our fragrance-free version is very gentle and suitable for the more delicate area of the skin around the eye.
As with any cosmetic product, please avoid contact with the eyes.