Now I won’t pretend to be an expert at all things skincare. I’m most certainly not. But it is an area of wellness that I’m very much interested in and love to explore further by trying new and exciting products. I don’t think you have to be an expert to share products that you love, which is why I want to talk about some of the best oils and serums I’ve used today!
The oil or serum phase of a skincare routine is absolutely my favourite part. The products featured in this post are mostly serums but a few would more accurately come under the oil umbrella but I’ve decided to pack them together in one neat post for ease.
But for reference, oils are typically used to nourish and and moisturize whilst a serum tends to target specific skin concerns. You’ll often find a serum has a “purpose fix” i.e. brightening, anti-aging, redness etc. You’ll rarely find a serum that just “does it all”. Despite these being of the best oils and serums I’ve used, they’re not a miracle fix for all skin issues.
Serums are typically used after cleansing but before moisturizing. At least that’s what I do because that’s what I’ve always been told! if you’re a skincare expert, do correct me if I’m wrong.
Serums are my favourite part of the skincare routine but I’ve always found they feel the most luxurious and relaxing and also typically make the biggest difference to my skin. I can cleanse and tone my face till the Earth’s end but if I don’t have a good serum to finish the job with, then my skin still looks and feels as flat as a pancake.
Some of the best oils and serums I’ve used which I’ve featured in this post feel SO luxurious to me, despite not having the luxury price tag attached. You’ll find a range of price ranges here from super affordable, high-street brands to a slightly higher price tag but still affordable if you’re going to treat yourself.
And I do typically mix it up when it comes to serums as well. I won’t repurchase the same one over and over and over. I like to purchase different types of serums to include in my skincare routine, which often coincide with whatever my biggest skin concern in at that time.
So enough babbling, here are 7 of the best oils and serums that I’ve used and would recommend!
1. ARK Skincare De-Stress Serum
The ARK Skincare De-Stress Serum is one that I received as a PR gift during lockdown (lockdown 2.0, I think?) and I absolutely loved it. It’s definitely one I’d consider buying again. This is an intensive antioxidant serum to protect the skin against pollution, environmental damage, and stress and it feels incredibly soothing to use. Retailing at £45, although on the higher end of the price spectrum, it’s definitely worth it for a treat!
2. ARK Skincare Conditioning Body Serum
Another product I received in that same PR parcel was the ARK Skincare Conditioning Body Serum. Although this is marketed as a serum, it’s very much more of an oil. I love this body oil because it reacts with your skin and the more heat you generate, the stronger the scent it’ll give off. This is one I also love to throw a couple of capfuls of into a bath as well.
3. AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment
The AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment is a HOLY GRAIL product for me and absolutely my favourite from this list. I was invited to the flagship Blomma Beauty store last Summer, who stock AD products, which is when I was introduced to this brand. I came away with a free sample of the Nourishing Night Treatment and loved it so much I bought myself a full bottle.
This is another one I will 10000% be repurchasing but as it’s at the higher price point, I’ll be treating myself for my birthday. I’m an affiliate for Blomma Beauty so if you wanted to purchase the night oil through this affiliate link, then I’ll be given a small % at no extra cost to you. You can also use code JENNYINNEVERLAND for 10% off!
4. Superdrug Vitamin E Serum
The Superdrug Vitamin E Serum is a great budget buy and I really do think very highly of Superdrug’s own brand ranges. I’ve tried the whole Vitamin E range and I like it. This serum is super light-weight and intensely moisturizing. For something to just get the job done, this is one of the best oils and serums I’d recommend!
5. Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum
I’m a big fan of Revolution Skincare for budget friendly products and the Hyaluronic Acid Serum is one that I have actually repurchased a few times over. Check out this fantastic post from Sweet Passions about Hyaluronic Acid for everything you need to know about this super ingredient! This serum is a great option for that hit of HA.
6. Superdrug Vitamin C Booster Serum
Another contender for best oils and serums from Superdrug and that’s the Vitamin C Booster Serum. Another budget friendly option but one I really like because the vitamin c really does give your skin that boost it needs. And trust me, my skin NEEDS a boost! This also smells really lovely too.
7. ANEW Vitamin C Radiance Maximising Serum
And finally, another vitamin c serum, this time from ANEW at AVON. I know not everyone likes AVON as a company, which is fine and whilst I’m definitely limiting the products I buy from them nowadays, I can’t ignore how good their Vitamin C Radiance Maximizing Serum is. A slightly higher price point at £14 but of the two vitamin c serums on this list, I think I’d go for this one.
You’ll find a couple of these products featured in my Best Beauty Products of 2021 blog post I did at the end of last year. Although I don’t blog about beauty too much, whenever I do, I thoroughly enjoy it, so I hope you enjoyed this post too and got some recommendations for your next face serum!
Do you like using serums? What’s your favourite part of a skincare routine? Which of these best oils and serums stands out to you the most? Let me know!
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I’m doing a lot of facial care this week too! And I love serums. Usually I would use them as a replacement for moisturizer, but if you have a skin consistency that allows for both and it feels good, then you’re doing the right thing.
I just started using “goodness” vegan Be Fresh Foaming Cleanser that I love so far, and it really creates a good skin consistency except it is a little drying. I didn’t have any specific moisturizer, so I used coconut oil after doing the cleanser at night. Then I rinse with water in the morning, and it creates the perfect complexion! 🌻😊
Oooh thanks for sharing your routine! For the evening I replace moisturiser with an oil but during the day I use both 🙂
I have never heard much about serums before, nor have I used one so thanks for sharing what it was, because I had no idea. I would definitely look more into them, and at the first six you posted 🙂
Serums are a great additional to a skincare routine, hope you find some good recommendations here!
A serum is definitely essential for my skincare routine, I’ll have a look at these ones you have recommended! x
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Me too, I don’t feel complete without it haha!
Ooh I love this! I’ve never actually used a serum before so this was such a helpful post. I think I might treat myself to the AD Skin Synergy Nourishing Night Treatment! Thank you so much for sharing x
Excellent choice! I actually repurchased it last week and I used it again last night and I just remembered how much I loved it and how luxurious it feels, especially with a Gua Sha! Hope you love it 🙂
glowing healthy skin is always the goal and these products seem really nice. thanks for sharing.
These products can definitely help with that!
I’m really confused when it comes to skincare I must say … I am using the Garnier organic lavendin oil instead of a moisturiser. But when are you supposed to use serums and what are they for exactly?
I think I covered what they’re for in this post? Typically you use a serum before a moisturiser. An oil can be used in replace of, for example I use the AD Nourishing Night Oil instead of an evening moisturiser!
My skin is a damn mess. I’m terrible at sticking to a routine. Thanks for all the tips. I’ll make sure to take notes and try one!
Hope you find a suitable one to try! Don’t be so hard on yourself 🙂
I’ve never used a serum so thanks for explaining what they are about. I’d like to try one!
They’re an excellent addition to a skincare routine!
I haven’t tried any of these brands. Serum is good for skin. And like Innisfree brand. Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome, serums are great for the skin!
Serums and oils are something I don’t know much about and I never know what the best ones are. I have tried Hyaluronic Serums and heard they are good for you! These all sound great for skin. I will have to check out some of these brands! Thank you for sharing!
Yes Hyaluronic products are very good for the skin!
This is interesting, I’m a person who always looks after my skin and take care of it. I will be sharing this with my gf as well. Thank you for sharing!
That’s great to hear :£
Serums are my fave skincare bit too! I’ve not tried any of these before though. I’m currently using a vitamin c one from Facetheory which is fab! I really want to try the superdrug own brand stuff. I’ve heard such amazing things
You’ve mentioned sone great sounding products. I would love to use the superdrug vitamin c range because so many people rave about it but it just causes me to break out. I’m definitely going to try out a couple of the other brands You’ve mentioned though.
Oh no! That’s a shame. It is very fragranced so maybe that’s why. Hope you find a great alternative!
I just love vitamin c based products in general!