Face Serums are extremely popular. They are the secret ingredient to a great glow and hydrated skin. They are the moisturizer for under your moisturizer. Facial Serum also have active ingredients that reduce signs of aging and even out skin tones. 

You apply Facial Serums after you cleanse, and before you moisturize.

With the popularity of facial serums rising over the last year, more and more companies are making serums, but just like everything else, all products are not created equal.

Here are Face Serum Ingredients explained. 

Top Ingredients in Face Serums:

Hyaluronic Acid is used for replenishing moisture.  It is a humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) and a carbohydrate found inside of the human body. What is Hyaluronic Acid

It is very easy on the skin.

When used, it absorbs and locks in moisture. It is a highly known to plump the skin and smoothes wrinkles.

If you have oily skin, use it alone otherwise use it under moisturizer.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that repairs cellular damage and collagen repair. It brightens the skin and also evens the skin tone by fading age spots and acne scars. It relieves puffiness and reduces inflammation. It also improves the skin’s hydration and moisture.

Vitamin C Serums

Vitamin C also protects the skin from elements like UV Rays (it is not a sunscreen replacement) and other pollutants in the environment like cigarette smoke and even stress.

When using Vitamin C, apply before moisturizer, allowing at least 2 minutes for it to penetrate your skin.

Retinol (Vitamin A)

Retinol is a popular Anti- Aging ingredient. It is found in food and topical creams. It tightens pores with its cell rejuvenation properties and evens out skin tones.

It is also known to greatly improve wrinkles and fine lines.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are natural acids that are found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges and cane sugar.

This acid is a natural exfoliant that bonds together the intercellular glue that holds cells on our skin together. This aids the skin’s natural shedding (exfoliating) process.

By exfoliating, your skin is able to rid debris and any build up. In return, your skin will be able to absorb products easier.

You may find AHAs moonlighting as: lactic acid, glycolic acid, sugar cane extract, triple fruit acid, and malic acid.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another antioxidant. It works well with Vitamin C and it also brightens the skin tone and evens out the skin.

 It has been used many years as an under eye ointment.


Peptides are two or more branching amino-acid. Amino-acids are protein building bonds; so, peptides are very small protein molecules. Proteins are the building block of cellular reproduction and collagen. 


Glycerin works to increase moisture and is a humectant. It locks in moisture and also attracts  moisture.

Glycerin is naturally found in plant based oils, is water-soluble, odorless, and colorless.

It is used frequently in setting sprays. 

Those are the most popular face Serum Ingredients explained so that you can see which ingredients or serums you should use for your skin type.

Face Serums Ingredients Explained