Truth Serums: Which Face Serum Is Right for Your Skin?

Serums are the most powerful components in your skincare ritual. They are highly concentrated with powerful actives and penetrative ingredients that target specific skin concerns. There are serums for everything, from pimples and dullness to aging and deep wrinkles. The best part? You can switch serums depending on what your skin needs that day and also layer them, using them in conjunction with your other favorite skincare products. If you don’t already have a serum in your beauty arsenal, now is the time to start!

1. For Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Clogged pores and pesky breakouts the bane of your complexion? The Advanced Blemish Control Serum is perfect for oily and pimple-prone skin, as it’s formulated with a balanced synergy of ingredients to control sebum on the surface of the skin, treat existing breakouts and potentially prevent new ones from forming.

This minty-fresh serum features salicylic and lactic acid, both of which are known as potent chemical exfoliators (the former gets into the pores to clear them out while the latter dissolves surface dead skin). These acids help unclog pores filled with excess oil and dead skin cells, digging into the root of what causes blemishes. Meanwhile, peppermint and geranium oils help control oil production. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that can fight pimple-causing bacteria lurking on the skin’s surface.  Finally, calming aloe vera helps soothe the redness and inflammation that so often accompany certain types of blemishes.

2. For Dry or Dehydrated Skin

Not only can dry or dehydrated skin be itchy, tight and overall unpleasant, but it is also far more prone to wrinkling than oily or combination skin. Of course, we all have moisturizers that help target dryness, but a serum will quench your skin faster and more effectively thanks to its higher concentration of actives.

The Moisture Magnet serum contains sodium hyaluronate, the salt of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is lauded as a powerful humectant (a substance that retains moisture). This is especially important to anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. Sodium hyaluronate can hold onto 1,000 times its weight in water. Pretty impressive, right? That basically means it will help retain water in your skin to keep it from drying out—exactly what you need for moisture-starved skin. This serum also contains panthenol, a form of vitamin B5 that lubricates and hydrates and has the ability to attract moisture.

3. For Anti-Aging and Uneven Skin Tone

To take a proactive preventative measure against the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines, dullness and discoloration, this serum is the perfect daily add-on to your skincare regimen.

With the Vitamin C Peptide Renewal, you get a powerful burst of concentrated ingredients that brighten and polish to give you a radiant glow and smoother look. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant that helps brighten the appearance of overall skin tone while battling discoloration like age spots and melasma. This serum also contains peptides, which are best known to help increase collagen production in the skin. Collagen is what naturally gives skin that taut, plump look. As collagen levels decrease with age, especially after 30, it’s essential to restore it if your goal is a youthful-looking complexion.

4. For Wrinkles

Here’s the perfect serum for those who want a harder punch against wrinkles.

With the Swiss Apple Wrinkle Remedy serum, you can soften the appearance of wrinkles thanks to a potent concentration of phytonutrients and proteins that work together to keep skin healthy and, if you will, spry. This serum contains plant stem cells from the rare Swiss apple known as Uttwiler Spatlauber. (Stem cells are how plants repair themselves from damage, with growing research indicating they can potentially mimic this in human skin cells.) This particular stem cell is also known for its long life and storability with components that help decrease wrinkle depth and length.