The Perfect Fall Serum for Every Skin Type

Kelly Dougher
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Fall is the perfect time to step up your skincare game and enter the world of serums. Cooler temperatures (and cranked-up heaters) often lead to dry, sensitive, irritated skin. A serum is an important tool to have in your skincare regimen because it contains an ultra-concentrated dose of powerful ingredients to help with whatever skin issue plagues you—and contrary to popular belief, there are serums for every skin issue and budget. Here are seven of the best Fall serums at various price points for every skin type.

If you have dry skin…
Even if you have extremely dry skin in need of serious hydration, you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for a hydrating serum as long as you know what ingredients to look for. ULTA Daily Regenerating Serum Face Serum ($20, ulta.com) is a great choice, not only for those on a budget, but for anyone with dry skin who needs a rich serum. It contains shea butter oil, sesame oil, plant extracts and a peptide blend to improve the collagen and elasticity of your skin. Use it after cleansing for a huge boost of moisture; it absorbs well, so you can layer it under makeup if needed.

If you have oily skin…
If you have oily skin you don’t want to choose a serum that’s too rich, especially if you like to use it in the morning instead of in the evening. Ole Henrikson Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster ($48, sephora.com) is excellent for those with oily skin because it’s oil-free, extremely lightweight and is absorbed quickly by the skin. Plus it will deliver a wealth of benefits to your skin, thanks to the brightening vitamin C, soothing green tea extract, and hydrating sodium hyaluronate.   

If you have acne-prone skin…
If you struggle with acne, consider looking for a serum that targets that particular issue. Dermadoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum ($48, ulta.com) contains salicylic acid to stop breakouts in their tracks. It also helps to lightly moisturize skin while still managing to achieve a matte finish. Use it once a day after cleansing your skin; you can increase application to twice a day if you find it’s not too drying for your skin. Make sure to use sunscreen daily with this because it includes an alpha hydroxy acid, which increases photosensitivity.

If you have sensitive skin…
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a serum that’s suitable for sensitive skin. In fact, an excellent choice that’s under $10 is Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Serum ($8, drugstore.com). This will work well for anyone with sensitive, irritated, dry, or rosacea- prone skin thanks to its lack of fragrance and other irritants and its inclusion of soothing aloe vera.

If you have mature skin…
Look for a serum that contains retinol, which is an excellent anti-aging ingredient. Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum ($98, sephora.com) contains retinol combined with alguronic acid for a powerful effect on fine lines and skin texture. Apply to your face and neck at night, after cleansing your face but before adding a heavier moisturizer, if one is needed (just let the serum sink in for a few minutes first). Be sure to wear SPF daily while using this since retinol will increase photosensitivity.

If you have redness…
First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum ($37, sephora.com) is a fairly affordable and very effective serum for those who suffer from redness. Colloidal sulfur, caffeine, and ginger are excellent for treating redness, while aloe soothes skin. You can use this in the morning or the evening (or both if necessary). Apply after cleansing the skin, then let it absorb before applying makeup or a moisturizer.

If you have combination skin…
Suppose you’re not too sure what your skin needs from a serum. Maybe your skin is partly dry, with an oily, acne-prone T-zone and some redness, or maybe you have fine lines in addition to sensitivity. If that’s the case, you need to head over to Skin Inc and take their Skin Identity quiz. After answering a series of questions, you’ll be presented with the three best serums for your skin’s needs, out of a total of nine serums available (individual serums are $45, and the custom blend is $90). You can then combine the three serums into one super-serum that will target each skin issue at once—and you even get to pick a pretty color for your serum’s bottle. For example, they suggest that someone with dry, red, and sensitive skin combines hyaluronic acid serum (for deep hydration), licorice serum (for reducing redness and irritation), and ceramide serum (for soothing skin) into one for powerful, personalized results. They do all the work; you just enjoy the results.

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