The Best Face Serums for Your Skin Type

November 29, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
The Best Face Serums for Your Skin Type

Take it from us, the right serum can be a game changer in your skincare routine. Serums can be used to magnify the effects of moisturizer (a.k.a., amp up hydration), mattify the appearance of the skin, boost radiance, clarify and more. Nearly every skin type can benefit from using a face serum in their routine, but if you’re unsure where to start, let our picks below be your guide. Whether you have sensitive, dull, dry or acne-prone skin, there’s a serum out there for you. (Not sure what your skin type is? Take our skin type quiz here.)

Which Serum Is Best for Your Skin Type?

Oily Skin

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum

If you have oily skin, you know the benefits of a product that helps minimize the appearance of pores. This potent formula will do just the trick — it’s infused with 10% glycolic acid that helps even the skin’s texture and tone. It also has hyaluronic acid to keep the skin looking smooth and radiant, without the excess shine.

Dry Skin

Garnier Hyalu-Aloe Super Hydrating 3 in 1 Serum Gel with Hyaluronic Acid + Aloe Vera

Quench your skin’s thirst with this three-in-one gel formula that hydrates the skin for 48 hours. It will instantly glow-up your complexion and provides the ultimate tacky, hydrated base for makeup. Your dry skin will have nothing on this one-of-a-kind hydrator.


Sensitive Skin

Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum

Sensitive skin types, listen up! This soothing ceramide formula helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, redness and dryness. It’s ultra-hydrating, cooling on the skin during application and totally fragrance-free.


Acne-Prone Skin

SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF

This powerhouse serum contains silymarin and salicylic acid to zap pimples and decongest the skin, plus vitamin C and ferulic acid to help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone. After continued use, you’ll notice your pimples start to dissipate, and you’ll be left with a clear, bright complexion.


Dull Skin

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester CCC+ Ferulic Brightening Complex 20%

Feeling like your skin needs a boost of radiance? Let this potent vitamin C serum help. It has a milky consistency and works to strengthen the appearance of the skin and make it look more glowing, radiant and youthful.


Mature Skin

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum 0.3% Pure Retinol 

Mature skin types might want to opt for a potent, line-reducing formula like this pure retinol serum, which will visibly smooth uneven texture and deep lines. It also contains glycerin to help counteract irritation and dryness.


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