Face serums are lightweight skin care products that contain different types of active ingredients to help target different skin issues.
Serums cannot be used interchangeably when requiring to target a particular skin problem. Thus, it is essential to know which facial serum would suit your skin and skin issue the best.
Therefore, knowing what are the different types or categories of face serums available is important.
Here are some of the different types of face serums:
1. Serum for skin brightening and fade pigmentation.
Due to age, exposure to the environment and other such factors, our skin tends to become dull and for some, even faster than the others. Thus, using a skin brightening serum can help brighten the skin and more so, even out skin tone.
It can also help rejuvenate the skin and improve the skin’s complexion, thus adding to the skin’s glow, shine and radiance.
Ingredients to look for – Vitamin C, alpa arbutin, kojic acid, glycolic acid.
2. Serum for skin hydration
These serums are very popular because a lot of people face the issue of dry skin. Thus, using a hydrating serum can make the skin more moisturized by increasing the hydration within the skin.
Ingredients to look for – hyaluronic acid and ceramides
3. Serum for anti-ageing
Anti-ageing serums, also called “firming serums” are those that can help protect the skin from the common signs of ageing like plumping of the skin, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging etc. In addition to this, apart from protecting the skin, they can also prevent and reduce these signs of ageing if already developed. These serums should be used in addition to your daily moisturizer and is in no way a replacement to it.
They can contribute to better cell turnover and promote renewal of the cells so that the skin remains fresh and rejuvenated.
Ingredients to look for – Retinol and peptides.
4. Serum for skin repair and rejuvenation
As we age, our skin tends to lose its lustre and glow. Thus, reparative skin serums can help make the skin become more supple and give it a youthful look and appearance.
These serums can help repair the skin, make it look renew and can also protect the skin from all types of damage, both internally and externally.
Ingredients to look for – Niacinamide and ceramides
5. Serum for oily skin and blackheads/whiteheads.
A lot of people suffer from the skin condition called acne and thus using an acne reducing serum can help prevent further breakouts from occurring as they unclog the skin’s pores, reduce buildup and absorb the excess oil settled on the skin.
It can also help reduce acne to a large extent because it contains particles that can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers and deliver its active ingredients that can work wonders on the skin’s surface.
Ingredients to look for – Niacinamide, AHA/ BHA and retinol
6. Serum for uneven skin tone
Skin exfoliation is very important because of its multiple benefits to the skin and its health. It helps to smoothen out the skin and improve the skin’s complexion. It can contribute to reducing the signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines etc. Using an exfoliating serum can also reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
It can help improve cell turnover and increase the production of the substance ‘collagen’ in the skin, which is the main building block and structure of our skin.
Ingredients to look for – glycolic acid, alpha arbutin and tranexamic acid