Face Serums – Are They Beneficial For My Skin?

Face serums are lightweight skincare products that contain high volume of active ingredients like Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid. They are very effective in managing specific skin concerns (such as wrinkles, acne, dry skin and dullness) or a combination of them. Face serums can come in different formulas like liquid, gels and oils. Depending on the type of serum you use, they can hydrate, brighten and provide quite a number of benefits.

Types of Face Serums And Their Benefits

To get the best result, it is important to note that the active ingredient in a serum decides the specific skin concern it targets and solves. Of all the face serums available on the market today, here are five (5) most popular ones.

Acne-Fighting Serum

This contains ingredients like Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid and Botanical Extracts (such as Green Tea, Tea Tree and Cucumber) are usually the active ingredients in acne-fighting serums.


  • Helps to unclog pores.
  • Treats acne and prevent breakouts.
  • Reduces inflammation and redness.
  • Smoothens and reduces appearance of acne scars.

Hydrating Serum

Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Rose Water, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil are some of the active ingredients in hydrating serums.


  • Improves the skin’s moisture retention.
  • Makes the skin look plump, fresher and younger.
  • Infuses moisture into the deeper layers of the skin to deliver an extra layer of lasting hydration.

Skin-Brightening Serum

This serum contains Vitamin C as the key ingredient. Kojic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Licorice Root and Mushroom Extract can also be found as active ingredients in skin-brightening serums.


  • Fades dark spots and improves skin tone.
  • Targets hyperpigmentation and reduces discoloration.

Anti-Aging Serum

This type of serum often contains Retinol or Bakuchiol or both. Other commonly used active ingredients in anti-aging serums include Peptides, Vitamin C, Fruit Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Evening Primrose, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Grape Seed Extract.


  • Rejuvenates and smoothens the texture of the skin.
  • Prevents or lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Helps stimulate cell turnover, collagen and elastin production.
  • Makes the skin look fresher and younger by boosting cell repair and renewal process.

Exfoliating Serum

The key ingredients in this serum are Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid), Beta-Hydroxy Acids (Salicylic Acid), Poly-Hydroxy Acids (Gluconolactone) or Enzymes from Plant or Fruit Extracts.


  • Brightens and smoothens the skin .
  • Enhances deep pore cleansing and prevents breakouts.
  • Improves texture of the skin to remove dull epidermal cells.
  • Help slough off dead skin and fights skin concerns such as dark spots and discoloration,

How And When To Use A Serum

The best way to use a face serum is as a first or base layer after cleansing the skin. It should go under heavier products like moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup. Most serums can be used daily. However, the frequency of application depends on your goals and the type of serum.

Here are some tips to consider before incorporating face serums in your skincare routine.

  1. Follow the instructions given for each serum.
  2. Be sure to cleanse your skin before applying serum. This will ensure that the ingredients penetrate better for faster results.
  3. Apply little drops and then blend lightly and quickly.
  4. Avoid excessive use of serums because this can cause rashes and skin irritation..
  5. Let your serum sink in the skin for a few minutes before applying moisturizers and other products.
  6. Make sure you are not combining two or more active ingredients that can potentially create negative reactions
  7. Always take a patch-test before applying serum on face. This will help save your skin from irritations caused by some powerful ingredients.
  8. If you are new to using actives on your face, you’ll want to start small and work your way up. Allow your skin adjust to it.

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