Face serum vs. Face oil: What’s the Difference?

well.ca with Seanna Cohen Skin Care Therapist

Read the ingredients

Confused about serums and oils? Which is which? These days, many brands call their products ‘serums’. Don’t get caught up on titles. Look at the ingredient list to figure out the difference between a serum vs. an oil.

A serum contains water-soluble ingredients like aloe, fruit extracts, or hyaluronic acid. An oil or blend of oil contains ingredients like jojoba, rosehip, seabuckthorn, and argan. Always apply the lightest products first (like a serum with water soluble ingredients), and work your way to the heaviest products (like your oil blends). 

Face serum vs. oil

A serum in the traditional sense of the word is a water soluble product. It contains highly concentrated ingredients that are meant to target specific skincare concerns like, dehydration, pigmentation, or fine lines. It’s like a specialized treatment, or multi-vitamin for your face. Apply these immediately after cleansing and toning (before moisturizer).

Oils are sourced from a number of therapeutic plants. Just like serums, oils target specific skincare concerns, but also act as a natural barrier for the skin to protect, heal, and nourish. Apply these last. Oil are the last line of defence against the elements and environment.

Watch this!

In this video with well.ca, I explain the difference between the two types of products and when to use either one. Have a watch!

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Eczema is a skin conditions we always try to treat topically, yet often never fully find a lasting solution. There are two types of eczema, contact dermatitis (caused by contact allergies) and atopic dermatitis (caused by an immune function).

I’ve dealt with a nasty bit of eczema between my ring and middle finger for a few years now as a result of a reaction due to chemical cleaning products. Fortunately I’ve never had to deal with any other form of eczema, until I had my son Izzy.

Topical cream is not always enough 

Poor guy, every since he was 3 months old, Izzy started developing eczema around the sides of his face. Knowing what I know about skin reactions, I ruled all contact allergies out and came to the conclusion it had to be something I was eating (at this point he was only getting breast milk). I now know that dairy and eggs trigger his eczema. It’s quite remarkable actually. The other day I wanted to test out my theory and so I gave him a little bit of egg to eat (he’s now 8 months, by the way). Almost immediately the sides of his face turned red and the rash reappeared. As I said, poor guy.


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4 ways to Spring Clean your makeup bag

Spring Clean Makeup Bag - scohen Just like a closet, your makeup bag should change with the seasons.

Spring is the perfect time to clean up your makeup bag: wear brighter shades, use lighter formulas, clean out expired products, and green your beauty routine with makeup that is better for you and the environment!

I recently wrote an article for well.ca with all of these tips, go check it out!  My personal favourite tip: Toss expired makeup! In this article I give you all of the important expiration dates so that you know how long to keep that makeup around. I know I’m guilty of hanging on to that mascara and eye liner for waaay too long!

The best Face Mask for your skin type

Natural face masks for every skin type | elodiebeauty.com

Hottest Beauty Trend for 2017

Google recently came out with the Beauty Trends 2017 report which studied the most popular beauty search terms by users in the U.S., Japan, and France.

Guess what beauty term was searched the most?

Face masks!

The report also highlighted the top skin concerns people use face masks to treat, which are: oily skin, hydration, scarring, and acne/ blackheads. Check out below for my favourite masks to treat these specific skin concerns. 

For more, watch my segment on CTV Your Morning talking all about these face mask trends and the pros and cons of each.

Top pick for oily skin: Clay Masks
Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Mask

Clay masks for oily skin | elodiebeauty.com

Top Pick for dry/ dehydrated skin: Sheet masks
100% Pure Caffeine Mask 
100% Bright Eyes Masks


Top picks for scarring/ hyper-pigmentation: Exfoliating peel masks
Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Mask
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

All natural exfoliating peel masks for scaring | elodiebeauty.com
Top Picks for blackheads/congestion: Charcoal masks

DIY Mask using Organika charcoal powder 
1 tsp charcoal
1 tsp clay
1 tsp raw honey
2 tsp water

Mix all together, apply to clean skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes.