It seems like as we get older, there’s an ever-growing amount of skincare products we have to use. In our teens, we cleansed, in our twenties, we added a good moisturizer to the mix, and then in your thirties—oh boy! Now you’ve got to start thinking about fine lines, but your T-zone is still oily, and all that sun exposure from the past three decades is starting to catch up with you. We’ve got a great guide to the five essential components of any skincare routine to help you figure out exactly what you need for your skin type, but might I suggest a sixth step? A serum.
Facial serums are typically an oil- or water-based treatment that delivers concentrated, targeted nutrients to address one or more skin problems. You can use one alone, use two together, or use different ones on different parts of your face. Serums should be used after cleansing, but before moisturizing—although if you have oily skin, you can get away with using a serum as a moisturizer too.
Good serums can be pricey, but since you only use 1-2 drops at a time, they’ll last you quite a while. I apply serums twice a day, after cleansing and toning; put a few drops in the palms of your hands and gently pat the serum onto your face (don’t rub! it stretches the skin, causing wrinkles and loss of elasticity!) until it’s absorbed. Follow with your favorite moisturizer to keep all the good stuff locked in so it can work its magic.
Every skin type can benefit from the addition of a serum, but because they’re so concentrated, it’s essential to make sure you’re using one that’s made for your skin type so you don’t exacerbate any skin issues you might have. Here are some of our favorite facial serums for every skin type:
Serums For Oily Skin
Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum // Combat dullness, rough patches, and large pores with this restorative serum.
BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne Clearing Treatment Serum // Salicylic acid helps exfoliate and unclog pores for clearer skin.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum // If you’re battling shine and large pores, this clay-based serum is for you.