Decoding the Best Face Serums for Men: Why Oil Serums Rise Above the Rest

Sep 30, 2023by Heather Smith

When it comes to beard oils, face oils, and serums for men, you understand the importance of a well-rounded routine, whether it's grooming a beard or maintaining a fresh, clean-shaven face.

The issue is that so much marketing terminology exists and it can be hard to understand exactly what you really need in your skincare routine. 

While the market is flooded with serums, lotions, and potions, there's one hero product that stands out: oil serums. You might be searching keywords like "best face serum for men" or "best face oils for men," but did you know that the pinnacle of these categories is the oil serum for men?

Whether you're sporting a thick beard or prefer a clean-shaven look, I'm here to demystify a concept that’s been making waves in the beauty industry but hasn’t quite caught on with the male demographic = and that’s face oil serums for men.

Understanding the Power of Oil Serums

Before we discuss why oil serums are the best choice for men, it's essential to grasp what sets them apart. We've taken a more general discussion in this other article, but today's focus is on face oils for men

An oil serum is a potent amalgamation of active ingredients delivered seamlessly through an oil base. This combination allows these elixirs to not only deeply nourish the skin but also tackle specific concerns, from aging to hydration, redness, and uneven skin tone. What makes them so great for men is their versatility when it comes to facial hair.

Face Oil for Men | Serums for Men | Beard Serums by bareLUXE Skincare

Oil Serums vs Traditional Serums for Men

So why are oil serums a skincare gamechanger in men's skin care and beard care?

    1. Deep Penetration and Efficacy: Traditional serums can be water-based, and while they're beneficial, they don't always penetrate the deeper layers of the skin as effectively as oil serums do. Oil-loving (lipophilic) molecules in oil serums mesh well with the skin’s natural lipid barrier, facilitating deeper absorption and ensuring the active ingredients work their magic more efficiently.

    2. Packed with Potent Actives: While face oils primarily provide moisture, and regular serums offer active ingredients, oil serums combine the best of both worlds. Think of it as a double-action solution that not only hydrates but also actively treats the skin.

    3. Long-lasting Hydration: Men's skin can get dehydrated too, especially after shaving or exposure to harsh weather conditions. Oil serums form a protective barrier on the skin, locking in moisture for longer periods than their water-based counterparts. They help strengthen and repair broken skin barriers

    Beard Care & Shaving: The Superiority of Oil Serums

    Whether you rock a full beard, stubble, or a clean-shaven look, oil serums cater to all.

    For the Bearded: Traditional beard oils often focus on the beard hair itself, neglecting the skin underneath. However, the best face oils for men, which are indeed oil serums, nurture both the beard and the skin beneath, ensuring neither is compromised. This is not just a beard serum though, you can use it on the rest of your face too. That's why targeting your skincare goals is possible with one product. There's no harm using a plain beard oil made of simple carrier oils, but upping the game with active ingredients targets visible results.

    For the Clean-Shaven: Shaving comes with the risk of stripping away the skin's natural oils, resulting in dryness and irritation throughout the day. The use of an oil serum helps to restore the balance of moisture and nourishment in the skin, soothing the skin after shaving and providing proper moisture and nourishment. This adds comfort and reduces the risk of skin problems such as razor burn or bumps.

    Either way, bearded or not, oil serums are the best for men's skin because they're both protective and active in targeting the issues you want to resolve. Smooth out your laugh lines, clear up some acne, and moisturize/protect your beard or shaven skin - all in one!

    So, if you're out here googling "best face serum for men" or the "best face oils for men," your search ends with oil serums. Embodying the power of both oils and active ingredients, they’re scientifically formulated to cater to the unique needs of men's skin - bearded or not!

    Best Face Oils for Men

    The bareLUXE Approach

    We specialize in oil serums and are experts in all the best face oils out there. None of our products are designed for a specific gender and we stay away from scenting agents other than ingredients that serve an active purpose in our oil. In fact, the first award our hero product won was a "Best Skincare for Men" award - and we didn't even know we entered that category 🙈.

    All our oil serums use performance botanicals and oil-soluble active ingredients, like bakuchiol and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, to target specific skin types and skincare goals. They work as serums for the face as well as beard oils, if you happen to be bearded. Regardless, they are effective and results-oriented, unlike simple face oils or simple beard oils.

    Bakuchiol Serum

    Age Support Bakuchiol Serum
    Targets: Wrinkles, fine-lines, age spots, acne, dehydration
    Best for: All skin types
    Active ingredients: Bakuchiol, Imperata cylindrica extract, Lupeol, Date seed extract

    Vitamin C Oil

    Radiant Glow Elevated Vitamin C Oil
    Targets: Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, dullness
    Best for: All skin types
    Active ingredients: Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (oil soluble Vitamin C), Pterocarpus marsupium extract, Licorice root, Bearberry, Lemon peel bioferment

    Acne Oil

    Clarity Elevated Perfecting Oil
    Targets: Imperfections, blemishes, spots, oily skin
    Best for: Acneic skin, including oily
    Active ingredients: Ceramides, Willow bark extract, Bakuchiol, Bisabolol, Manuka oil

    Hair & Scalp Oil

    Vitalis Hair & Scalp Strengthening Oil
    Targets: Hydration, growth, reduced hairfall, strengthening and fortification
    Best for: Scalps and beards
    Active ingredients: Hydrolyzed proteins, Barley, Sandalwood, phellodendron extract, Vitamin E Nicotinate, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Targeted EO blend

    Recovery Oil

    Northern Rescue Elevated Recovery Oil
    Targets: Dry skin exposed to harsh environments
    Best for: Dry skin
    Active ingredients: Marshmallow extract, Edelweiss extract, Bisabolol

    bare Essential Oil

    bare Essential Elevated Barrier Oil
    Targets: Sensitive and irritable skin barriers
    Best for: All skin types and damaged barriers
    Active ingredients: Bisabolol, Organic Calendula, Aloe & Chamomile

    Final Thoughts

    Regardless of whether you have a beard or not, the best serum for men is an oil serum. The best face oil for men is an oil serum too. It's all semantics and marketing terminology - beard oil, face oil, beard serum, face serum - the list of keywords goes on and on. But keywords are just words - what you want are results!

    The bottom line is that an oil serum will target the skin on your entire face, plus a beard if you have one.

    Soothing carrier oils will target things like beard dandruff, acne due to facial hair, skin barrier repair and support, environmental protection from free radicals, and they will balance natural sebum levels.

    Active ingredients will target the specific skin concerns you have which might include anti-aging, stimulating beard growth, fighting acne, reducing sunspots and hyperpigmentation, etc.

    These natural ingredients multi-task to give you the best results overall.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Heather Smith developed her love for skinimalism and clean beauty years ago when she began making home remedies for her newborn's eczema. She is an expert in natural ingredients and active botanicals and has now launched bareLUXE Skincare - a full line of effective oil serums. She dedicates this blog to consumers who are researching ingredients and working to make their beauty ritual more natural and sustainable.


    This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Smith nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content should consult their physicians about their skincare concerns and routines.