This post has been a long time coming, but I’m finally dishing on the best green beauty oils/serums. I seriously have had an oils/serums post in the works forever. I have notes I jotted down about each one I tried. This is one product that you can’t just try in 2 weeks- it takes some time to really get to know the formula and see results. I’ve done my homework though and rounded out my favorite green beauty facial oils/serums. I often get asked which ones I like best in green beauty- so I knew I needed to eventually write a dedicated post.
Now you might be wondering why use an oil/serum on your face? Good question. First, I must explain what the difference is between an oil and a serum.
A serum is meant to target specific concerns of the skin and is usually a mixture of water, and ingredients like antioxidants, vitamins, etc. The molecule structure is smaller, so it’s able to penetrate the skin and do the work, repairing, replenishing and so on. I like to think of a serum as the real game changer when it comes to your skincare routine. It isn’t filled with a lot of extras, instead it’s loaded with all the potent, skin changing ingredients. Usually a serum is the most expensive product of a skincare line because it’s the most activated.
“My mantra as an esthetician has been, put your money into oils/serums and skimp on cleansers. Cleansers you wash off, an oil/serum stays on your skin doing the work.”
A facial oil is different. It’s going to give your skin moisture and nourishment, and obviously doesn’t include water. You want an oil to have a blend of essential fatty acids(EFA’s) or omegas. Our bodies don’t produce EFA’s on their own so we need to supplement them internally and externally. I like taking a fish oil daily for some good omega 3’s. Oils also can contain a mix of essential oils that help to balance the skin and provide therapeutic properties. Oil’s work perfectly with our skin’s cutaneous and get to the center of the epidermis. Many people with oily skin think they should avoid oils- when really the opposite is true. Using oils helps bring balance to the skin and don’t clog pores like other moisturizers that contain emulsifiers, waxes, etc.
Ok, now that you know the difference between an oil and a serum, let’s talk about when and how to use them.
This is how to apply an oil/serum:
- Cleanse skin
- Add a few drops of serum to your hands and press into your face(allow to seep in before applying oil, also don’t overdue it with a serum. They can contain powerful ingredients and often people apply too much which leads to sensitivity if not careful)
- Add a few drops of oil to your hands and press- in rub in with upwards streaks
- Apply eye serum(use your ring finger and apply in tapping motions. Your ring finger has the least muscles out of all your fingers)
- Finish with a cream if you need additional moisture and to protect skin(a cream doesn’t seep into the skin like an oil or serum will, it’s meant to protect the skin from environment and elements)
An oil/serum have the power to change your skin. Think words like resurface, hyper pigmentation, fade, even out skin tone, and so on. All words that perk people’s ears up when it comes to skincare. Often people give up on an oil or serum too early. I’ve seen it time and time again. They use a product for two weeks and say it doesn’t work or my skin is freaking out. You need to give oils and serums time to see change. Especially when it comes to clean skincare. If you’ve switched over from conventional it may take a period of time for your skin to adjust to your new products. Give it time and watch your skin take on a whole new look. Many of the products I list below are really powerful oils. I have a few dedicated serums as well.
Things I’ve noticed since using oils and serums:
- Hyper pigmentation fade
- Overall brighter/radiant complexion
- A more balanced complexion(doesn’t feel dry in certain areas)
- Less red and more even toned
Ready to see my favorites?? I’ve got options for low and high budgets and all kinds of skincare needs. These are products that I’ve personally tried over the years and can say they they work. So grab your note pad- it’s time to take notes! I’m not going to go into great detail about ingredients, or brands. I’ve done reviews on most of these already and will link the review so you can check out more details if you wish!
The Super Couple- (all skin types, even sensitive) Love this oil. The smell is so good, nothing over powering, just an amazing mixture of essential oils. It just feels so luxe the moment you apply. It’s not super heavy, but a nice medium rich feel. It literally absorbs so well into the skin leaving behind a pinkish hue that gives your skin a glow. My skin drinks up every drop of this oil. It helped to lighten my hyper pigmentation and even my skin tone. It also brightened my under eye mom circles- seriously. I started using this when I had a 4 month old and lets just say I needed all the help I could get. This oil is a game changer. Check out my full review here and grab one for yourself here!
Supercritical Pure Chia Oil- (dry skin, sensitive) This oil is from Maya Chia as well but it is different than The Super Couple. It smells more citrusy in my opinion but still light. This oil is made for even the driest skin types. Literally hydrating the most parched skin. It also has ingredients that plump up the skin and minimize fine lines. This is an all around super hydrator. I use it in the morning before my makeup or after a serum at night when I need some extra moisture. Your skin will feel like silk! Read more on the Supercritical Pure Chia Oil here and get one for yourself here!
Laurel Whole Plant Organics- (All skin types, sun damaged skin)
Sun Damaged Repair Facial Serum- This is a serum and oil in one that helps to repair sun damaged skin. The formula contains 27 whole organic plants! It helps to reverse the signs of aging that the sun brings. It also helps to brighten and fade age spots. The oil feels richer on the skin but it also seeps right in. When I used it I noticed a decrease in overall redness, faded sun spots and clearer skin tone. I just love how this oil feels on the skin too. Laurel really uses the power of plants to restore the skin. Get your Sun Damaged Repair Facial Serum here!
Live Botanical- (normal/sensitive skin types/acne, budget friendly)
Clary Sage Chamomile Calming Serum- This serum is also an oil. It really is filled with so many therapeutic oils that help promote cell turnover and calm the skin. Great for those who have acne or have sensitive skin that wants to flare up. I love the smell of this oil! I get hints of rose and chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s not a super heavy feeling oil but a good medium texture. I noticed improved skin clearness, the redness was minimized- especially around my t-zone. I also noticed my skin felt so hydrated and smooth in the morning. Like it had a big gulp of water. My sisters used this as well when we were on vacation and they loved it too! This is a budget friendly oil. Read my full review here and snag your’s here!
Agent Nateur- (All skin types, male and female)
Holi(oil) Youth Serum- This frosted bottle contains a rich oil that smells like roses. Not only does it help smooth skin and wrinkles but it also is extremely hydrating. It doesn’t feel greasy at all and seeps into your skin, giving your face a radiance. My skin looked restored. I used this after several sleepless nights and it literally brought the life back into my skin. It’s true to it’s name- giving you your youthful skin back! There isn’t a long list of ingredients but the ones that are in there are effective. I also love using this before makeup. My foundation glides on. Bonus- my husband can use it too! Grab your bottle here!
Pure Radiance Oil- (all skin types) This rich oil does what it’s name suggests- gives you a radiance. It smells so fresh too. This oil is packed full of powerful antioxidants that do some serious work on the skin. It’s True Botanical’s best selling product and for good reason- it performs. It not only hydrates the skin to the core, but also provides antioxidants to help fight free radical damage. My skin looks renewed and dewy when using this oil. I often feel like a broken record, but True Botanical’s products perform. Even though I try many serums/oils I find myself reaching for this one often when I need an extra surge of hydration and a pick me up. Read my full review here and snag your bottle here!
Leahlani- (dry, combination, sensitive skin)
Mahina- This elixir oil quickly became a fave. It not only hydrates your skin, but nourishes it with nutrients while you sleep. You wake up with smooth, even skin. One particular oil that Leah put in that I love is prickly pear seed oil. It has been known to help brighten skin, fight signs of aging and moisturize like crazy. A definite home run oil. The biggest thing I noticed right away with Mahina is how much it calmed my redness. Especially around my nose. My skin felt replenished and soothed. The smell is of course wonderful too, as are all of Leahlani’s products. Read my full review on Leahlani here and grab your Mahina here!
Marie Veronique- (acne, sensitive, rosacea)
Soothing B3 Serum-This is a powerful serum! It’s main ingredient B3 helps calm inflammation and help ceramide rejuvenate production. It acts like a gel when it goes on your skin, leaving a serious glow all day long. I feel like everyone needs this! Got hormonal breakouts, acne or redness?? This serum helps to reduce inflammation, which causes all acne. My redness was reduced and my skin looked more even and clear. I love that it is fragrance free and essential oil free, great for those with the most sensitive skin types. Great for night time or day time, this is a must in anyone’s skincare routine! Get your Soothing B3 Serum here!
Kahina- (all skin types)
Brightening Serum- I’ve been using this serum for 5 years and it still remains one of my faves! It helps to minimize dark spots and hyper pigmentation and bring an overall brightness to my complexion. It also helps to fight free radical damage and protect your skin from the environment. It’s such a great thing to have in your bag to apply everyday. Not only does it protect but also deliver nutrients to help treat your skin as well. Grab your bottle here!
Acure- (budget Friendly, all skin types)
Seriously Glowing Facial Serum- This is another great serum that really works and doesn’t break the bank. Full of all organic ingredients like pumpkin seed oil, borage oil and argan oil, this little bottle packs a punch. It’s heavier then some serums, definitely more of a rich oil. It smells so good too-the scents that stick out to me are lavender and orange. This felt like a drink of water for my skin. I would wake up in the morning and my skin would just feel so plump…in a good way. Grab your ACURE Seriously Glowing Facial Serum!
Well, that’s a wrap! See any faves? What are some of your must have oils/serums??
Thank you for the informative post! One issue I struggle with is redness, especially around my nose. Several of the oils/serums above seem to address redness, which is great. Which one is best for that issue? The Mahina or Marie Veronique? Or another? Thanks! 🙂
Thank you so much for this post! Very helpful. Quick question for you. Are the serums and oils that are not listed as pregnancy safe not suitable for pregnancy then? What about using any of the listed ones while breastfeeding?
Of course! I would reach out to each company and ask specifically for their serum. I only know the ones I listed specifically. 🙂
I really like Marie Veronique for redness. Also Fitglow Beauty makes a lotion that is really great for calming redness called Their Redness Rescue Cream that’s great!
Hi Suzi! We met at Ashley’s baby shower this past weekend – you are lovely! I am desperately trying to even out my facial skin tone as well as get rid of hyperpigmentation and acne from gut issues. If you could recommend just one of these serums for those issues, which would it be? Would love to try one but can’t decide! I have a bunch of the Acure line so I’d lean toward that possibly. Thank you!
[…] Treatments- Treatments for the skin can range from anti-aging treatments, redness reducing treatments, hyper pigmentation targeting, and acne treatments. Theses are going to be filled with active ingredients that are really going to perform. Think antioxidants! It really depends on what result you’re looking for in your skin. These aren’t going to necessarily hydrate your skin. Most are made out of water or aloe, some contain oil, but few. They penetrate the skin quickly and feel almost like a gel. They absorb into your skin, opposed to creams that generally sit on top of your skin. The absorption happens easier because serums are smaller in molecular size and easier to penetrate the skin and deliver nutrients. Serums happen after toning or hydrosol when skin’s pores are still open. I have a full blog post on all my favorite serums for the skin here! […]