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!

What’s New: The Cure Apothecary

719 Queen St. West Toronto, ON (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

719 Queen St. West Toronto, ON (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

 

Move over Sephora, a new girl’s in town. The Cure Apothecary, an airy light-filled space, is a beautifully curated store on Toronto’s west side that carries a wide selection of natural perfumes, skincare, and haircare for both men and women.

Pictured here: L'aromatica perfume and Skin Essence Organics (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

Pictured here: L’aromatica perfume and Skin Essence Organics (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

 

Last week I had the chance to check it out and chat with owner Nitasha Goel who shared her inspiration for the store. Surprisingly it was hair issues, not skin conditions like most people I know, that initiated her interested in natural beauty. Good natural hair products are hard to find — so all the more reason to be excited that The Cure Apothecary carries a great selection.

CV Skin Labs, evanhealy, and Antipodes are some of the product lines you can find at The Cure Apothecary (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

CV Skinlabs, evanhealy, and Antipodes are some of the product lines you can find (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

 

Huge selection of One Love Organics products (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

A large selection of One Love Organics products are available – take note because very few stores in Toronto carry this line (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

 

So let’s talk hair care. The store carries the well known brand John Masters, as well as two brands new to me: Barber & Fritz (from Vancouver) and Sans [ceuticals] (from New Zealand). Barber & Fritz, with its adorably vintage packaging, “pays homage to the timeless art of the beauty ritual” and is hand bottled in small batches –you could say it’s something right out of an apothecary (how fitting). The line has a range of washing and styling products with intriguing options like ‘Sugar Water’, a hair rinse that adds ‘hold’ and is a perfect alternative to hairspray, as well as ‘Building Water’ for volume.

San [ceuticals] on the other hand is less quirky with its minimalist packaging and is very reminiscent of a brand like Aveda. Unlike Aveda though, these products are 100% chemical free and contain active natural ingredients. This line is definitely on my list to try – good thing I know where to find them!

Sans [ceuticals] and Barber & Fritz hair lines (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

Sans [ceuticals] and Barber & Fritz hair lines (photo: courtesy of The Cure Apothecary)

If you haven’t already, check out the store, I am sure you will find something you can’t leave without!