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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Peanut Butter Balls (with Chickpea)

These chocolate peanut butter truffles have a sneaky secret . . . they’re made with chickpeas . . . crazy, right?? Trust me though, you or whoever else tries them will not suspect a thing! I’m not big on labels, but for those who need to know, they’re gluten free and vegan.

In the new year I will be sharing more about my quest to go sugar free . . . and how I was crazy enough to start before the holidays! I’ve spoken about sugar and its affect on our skin on many occasions because in reality, if you have a poor diet, products can only do so much against the affects of aging, inflammation, acne, etc.

These delightful little peanut butter balls are not entirely sugar free because they contain dates, but if you don’t add the chocolate you might be able to get away with calling them, “sugar free”.

Regardless, it is the holidays and so treat yourself . . . and with these little balls of goodness you won’t feel so guilty when you do.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
Cuisine: Dessert
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 6-8 dates (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ⅛ cup water (as needed)
  • ½ cup of mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 dark chocolate bar (for coating - optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
  1. Add chickpeas, peanut butter, dates, vanilla, and sea salt into a high-powered blender
  2. Blend on med-high, add water slowly until smooth and silky consistency
  3. Scoop dough into a bowl and fold in chocolate chips
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour
  5. Once dough has hardened, roll into small balls and place on a non-stick cookie sheet
  6. Place cookie sheet into freezer for 1 hour
  7. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and dip truffles into chocolate; alternatively roll in shredded coconut
  8. Makes approximately 24 truffles