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Skincare 101: A Guide To Choosing The Right Serum, Based On Your Skin Type

Skincare 101: A Guide To Choosing The Right Serum, Based On Your Skin Type


Ah, face serums, the most important, yet highly underrated product in the skincare world. Even though ‘skin is in’ thanks to quarantine, many people still don’t understand the significance of this product in a skincare routine and the wonders it can do for the skin. But we’re here to change that! If you aren’t sure whether or not you should add this product to your beauty arsenal, then we suggest you get out a notebook and start taking notes! From learning about the difference between serums and moisturisers to choosing serums with the right ingredients for your skin type — after reading this, you’ll be rushing to give your skincare routine the upgrade it so desperately needs.  

What Are Face Serums?


For those who are skincare newbies, a face or skin serum is like a magic potion that eliminates any skin concerns and leaves you with a gorgeous, healthy glow.

Unlike moisturisers, face serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, Glycolic acid, Retinol, and Vitamin C. These ingredients easily sink deep into the dermis and effectively treat skin issues like wrinkles, fine lines, dull skin, dark spots and much more, whereas your moisturisers target only the epidermis which is the topmost layer of the skin.

Serums are also lightweight and come in various formulas to suit different skin types.

Choosing A Skin Serum For Your Skin Type

How to pick the right serum for your skin type



Serums are important in your daily skincare routine, but before you go ahead and click ‘add to cart’ on a random product, you first need to figure out your skin type. Every skin type comes with its own set of concerns, hence it’s important to choose a serum with the right ingredients that will help tackle these issues effectively.

Oily / Combination Skin

Face serums for oily skin



There’s a common misconception that those with oily skin do not need serums as the skin may get too greasy or oily. If you believe this, then we hate to burst your bubble but you’re wrong. Every skin type deserves the right nutrients in order to keep it healthy, soft and supple. For those dealing with oily or acne-prone skin look for light, thinner, water-based serums that contain ingredients like Salicylic acid, Retinol, as well as Rosehip seed oil. Products with these ingredients won’t clog pores and will even reduce the production of excess sebum.

Also Read: Best Serum for Oily Skin

Dry Skin

Face serums for dry skin


Those with dry skin need to provide the dermis with all the nutrients it can get. When it comes to choosing the right skin serums for dry skin, look for products with Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and other hydrating ingredients. Plant oils, amino acids, ceramides, Vitamin E along with Vitamins A and C help draw in moisture, in turn, quenching parched, dry skin. 

Normal Skin

Face serums for normal skin


Consider yourself lucky if you have normal skin. This skin type is the easiest to maintain and less prone to skin problems. But this doesn’t mean you are exempted from using face serums. If you want to maintain healthy-looking skin, opt for serums which are enriched with Glycolic acid and Vitamin C. These ingredients lock in moisture and help brighten your skin and fade imperfections, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. 

Sensitive Skin

Face serums for sensitive skin


Sensitive skin is like the ‘mean girl clique’ of the skincare world. Trying to find products that the skin will accept without throwing a tantrum in the form of acne, redness etc. can be difficult. So, when it comes to choosing facial serums, you must pick the right ingredients which will make your skin happy. Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic acid, and Glycerine all work best for this skin type.

Acne-Prone Skin

Products with retinol are beneficial for anyone with textured, or acne-prone skin. They can also improve skin texture and treat mature skin while getting rid of fine lines, wrinkles and acne. If you’ve got dry, dehydrated or oily and acne-prone skin, look for a retinol serum with peptides, ceramides or hyaluronic acid.

Uneven, Blemished Skin

Struggling with pigmentation or blemishes? An exfoliating or a brightening serum will help you fade those acne scars, hyperpigmentation while improving your skin’s overall radiance. Look for ingredients like Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C or Niacinamide. 

Go on and update your skincare routine with a face serum suited for your skin type. Trust us, your skin will thank you!


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