If you have oily skin and don't already use a serum, then your skin is missing out on great benefits. Many actives in serums are perfect for curtailing the symptoms of oily skin.
An oily skin type is a blessing in disguise. Oily skin is resilient, well protected from signs of ageing, and rarely suffers from sensitivity.
Despite all the benefits of an oily skin type, the excess of natural sebum can make you want to fight against it. This is a tactic to avoid. Instead, you should find a middle ground, and serums can help you do just that.
What is a Serum?
A serum's formula is different from a moisturiser's because the former contains water-based actives and other ingredients only. Moisturisers contain water, oil, and ingredients that bind the two together.
Why Oily Skin Types Benefit From Serums
The qualities that differentiate serums from moisturisers make serums perfect for oily and combination skin.
Serums are lightweight and easily absorbed.
Serums can penetrate more deeply than many moisturisers can.
A serum's formula is, by its nature, focused on hydration.
These benefits are an exact match to the needs of oily skin. In fact, for your summer skincare routine, we recommend using only a serum in the morning and shifting your moisturiser to night-time.
The Best Serums for an Oily Skin Type
Serums are a great source of concentrated actives. You'll find that many serums contain a higher portion of actives than moisturisers do. This is a conscious formulation based on the fact that serums can deliver ingredients to the deep layers of skin, where actives engage biologically.
We recommend two water-based actives above all others for an oily skin type:
Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide
Vitamin B3 Serums for Oily Skin Types
Many B vitamins are found in skincare, but B3 currently retains the benefits crown. This well-studied, water-soluble antioxidant, when applied in concentrations of 2% to 5%, has been proven to:
Reduce sebum production
Reduce the incidence of acne
Brighten skin tone, i.e. treat areas of hyperpigmentation left by spots
These are great benefits for an oily, acne-prone skin type. Benefits you'll experience in as little as a month of regular use.