The Difference: Face Oil vs Serum

The Difference: Face Oil vs Serum

Updated on 4th December 2020 at 8:09 am

What is the difference between a face oil vs serum, is a serum or oil better and does each play a vital role in treating your skin? While a face oil and serum may seem similar, there is a difference between oil and serum and their unique ability to keep your skin happy and healthy, and we’re going to tell you why!  


serum is your daily treatment product. Most serums contain a higher concentration of potent vitamin and antioxidant rich botanical actives to target specific skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, evening skin-stone, dark spots and aging like our Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum for a brighter, firmer and glowing complexion.

Traditionally serums are water-based meaning their molecule size is much smaller than oil and can be absorbed quicker and deeper into the dermis layer of your skin, making them extremely effective. The benefit of serums is that they can work for all skin types.

KORA Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum on Fingertip
KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Oil Dripping

Face Oils

facial oil is primarily used to add hydration and nutrition back into your skin. Face oils predominantly contain either a single or blend of botanical oils rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. They provide essential nutrients that help to nourish and repair damaged skin. Our Noni Glow Face Oil contains a blend of oils such as Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate to achieve maximum results and support skin’s natural radiance.

An oils molecular structure is larger than that of serum meaning it reaches the epidermis (outer layers) of your skin. But despite their inability to penetrate as deep as a serum, face oils mimic our natural sebum production, making them ideal in protecting the skin’s barrier. Oils help to provide intense hydration which is a fundamental part in keeping your skin looking smooth, plump and healthy.

Which comes first Face Oil or Serum?

Due to their water base, serums are usually lighter than oils or cream but definitely don’t lack the power to deliver results. Since serums can be more water-soluble, they need to be applied before your moisturizer. Serums must be applied onto clean skin, so once you cleanse and mist, follow with Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum.

With the larger molecular structure of a facial oil, they help to lock in moisture and should be applied after your serum. Our formulas work synergistically due to the nutritive natural oils in each blend, meaning you can apply our Noni Glow Face Oil before, after or with your moisturiser.

For those with oily skin don’t fear oils, as lightweight oils can actually help to rebalance natural oil production and improve skin’s condition with use. 

KORA Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum & Noni Glow Face Oil Goops Texture

When should I apply a Face Oil or Serum?

Antioxidant rich serums like our Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum should be used in the morning as they help to protect your skin from environmental aging. Whereas some serums could be used at any time of the day. It’s always best to check your directions. Remember to also wear sun protection with an SPF to help combat harmful UV rays.

Face Oils can be used morning, night or mid-flight as they help to rehydrate and replenish. At night our skin cells work to regenerate and repair so it’s the best time to apply a facial oil and deliver nutrients before bedtime. You can also apply our Noni Glow Face Oil in the morning to provide a great base for makeup for an all day glow.

Which is better Oil or Serum?

serum and face oil can be used together in your skin care routine. In short, the difference between oil and serum are; serums target specific skin concerns whereas oils nourish and hydrate. Both play a role in helping your skin to be brighter, smoother and healthier. It’s about choosing what will work best for your skin and what your skin goals are. But if your skin can handle both, throw out the face oil vs serum question and treat your skin with these two super products.  

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6 thoughts on “The Difference: Face Oil vs Serum

  1. Jasmine

    Thank yoy for this easy to absorb information hehe. Now i know how to make the most of my beautiful Kora products ♡

  2. Jade Duong

    Thank you for this useful information!
    When will KORA Organics be launched in Luxembourg (Europe)?
    I’m looking forward to use all KORA Organics products once it’s available in Luxembourg.

  3. Madie

    thank you for the info!
    I have been using the face oil and the vitamin C serum in the morning. When I apply, I mix both the oil and serum with my moisturiser together before applying to combine the steps. Does this impact their effectiveness at all?


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