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Face serums can be costly. So make sure you’re getting the best serum in Malaysia 2021 for your skin type!

Prevent those fine lines from deepening! Or fade old scars to even out your skin tone!

Whatever your skin goals are, you can save time researching. With this list of the best serums in Malaysia for glowing skin!

How To Choose A Serum

1. Examine The Main Ingredients

Depending on your age, skin type and lifestyle, these are great ingredients to have!

  • Hyaluronic acids, ceramides or amino acids – act as a moisture barrier for dry skin
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin C – Necessary for collagen production
  • Anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Retinols/ retinoids (form of vitamin A) – Also for collagen production; minimizes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightening ingredients – natural ones like licorice are even better

Retinoids take 3-12 months to reduce signs of wrinkles, and that is with consistent use. Because they can irritate skin, proceed gradually if you want to use the.

2. Avoid Unnecessary Ingredients

An effective serum doesn’t need to have any of these:

  • SLS (also referred to as sulphates)
  • Silicones
  • Fragrance
  • Alcohol
  • Parabens

These can further dry out your skin or cause it to break out!

Speaking of break outs, you can heal your skin faster with the best pimple cream in Malaysia!

3. Beware Of Fake Products

Anyone familiar with online shopping may have come across branded products from SK-II, Estee Lauder, Innisfree, Kiehl, etc at unbelievably low prices!

Basically if it sounds too good to be true, it’s either old stock or not genuine (i.e. fake).

To be on the safe side, look for trusted sellers or the “brands official store” (if you’re using Lazada).

4. Check The Expiry Date

All skincare products like lip balm and sunscreen have expiry dates for a reason! And face serum is no exception!

This is when the active ingredients are no longer as potent (i.e. effective)!

Especially important for products containing acids (*1)!

17 Best Face Serums In Malaysia 2021

For your convenience, we have arranged the reviews for these best face serums in Malaysia according to skin type!

Note that some of the products may suit multiple skin types. For instance, there are combination skin products that may be good for dry skin products too.

PS: Need extra hydration throughout the day? A face mist spray might come in handy.

And some acne prone products may work for oily skin types!

Our recommendations for face serums:

  • All-Round Winner (Hydration) – Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
  • Best Peeling Treatment (Oily Skin) – Some By Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum or The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
  • Best Peeling Treatment (Dry Skin) – CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum
  • Best For Sensitive Skin Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum
  • Best For Dry Skin – Sukin Hydration Biomarine Facial Serum
  • Best For Combination Skin Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
  • Best Budget Serum (Normal to combination skin) Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
  • Best Budget Serum (Oily & Acne prone skin) The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Best Natural Serum Jeanie Botanicals Luxury Face Oil

Best Serum For Dry Skin

1. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum

Aside from hyaluronic acid, there is cucumber extract, butylene glycol and glycerin in the formulation of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum from US! All of these ingredients target dry skin!

On the skin, it feels light and users find it surprisingly hydrating (Hydrating enough to resolve dry patches within 2 weeks) but not sticky. And it has a hint of rose to it!

One user said it helped to lighten their acne scars!

Although this face serum is much loved among combination to dry skin types, the high price can deter users. Who will look for other hydrating alternatives!

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum
  • Size: 30ml, 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Especially For Dry Skin)
  • Benefits: Skin Hydration
  • Key Ingredients: Rosewater, Angelica Leaf Extract, Cucumber, Porphyridium Cruentum (Hydrating Algae Extract), Hyaluronic Acid
  • Price: ~RM132, ~RM191

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2. Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum

While it contains some comedogenic ingredients like cocoa butter and avocado oil:

It is these exact same ingredients that give the Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum its moisturizing capability! There’s vitamin E for healthy skin regeneration too!

The serum is packed in a brown glass bottle to prolong the life of the face serum. And there is a pump dispenser to keep things hygienic and convenient!

However, dry skin types do not think it’s rich enough. Even if it feels really nice on the skin! Fans of natural products will enjoy the smell. And how it does not irritate the skin!

We would recommend this face serum for normal to oily skin types that are sensitive! Dry skin types may want to look for a thicker serum! Or you can just use this serum with a rich moisturizer afterwards!

Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin Types
  • Benefits: Hydrating, Skin Repair
  • Key Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Avocado Oil
  • Price: ~RM61.5

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3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum has some powerful moisturizing ingredients! Even though this gel serum has a very watery consistency to it!

Users comment that it feels nice and light on the skin, and it hydrates dry skin decently. Without being sticky! However, the moisture is not lasting.

And while the serum does not do much for oil control, its consistency is ideal for oilier skin types too.

If you just want light hydration, and don’t mind the presence of fragrance, you could consider this face serum.

One user felt that this serum could be a dupe for the more expensive Clinique Moisture Surge!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin Types
  • Benefits: Hydration, Repairing Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Alpha-Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol
  • Price: ~RM77.5

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4. Sukin Hydration Biomarine Facial Serum

Another alternative serum from Sukin that is suitable on oily and combination skin too:

The Sukin Hydration Biomarine Facial Serum feels light and silky on the skin. Absorbing fast with no greasy residue!

Dry skin types take well to this hydrating serum too. The scent is light but pleasant! Users say they don’t see other visible benefits other than softer skin and it being non irritating!

But moisturize it does! And for hours according to users with normal, dry and combination skin! Sensitive skin and acne prone skin can try it too.

Sukin Hydration Biomarine Facial Serum
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Benefits: Hydration
  • Key Ingredients: Active Bio-Marine Blend of Sea Algae, Hyaluronic Acid & Maize Complex, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Glycerin
  • Price: ~RM71.9

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5. Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Don’t want any extra ingredients? The Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum only has 3 ingredients in total (water, benzyl alcohol and sodium hyaluronate)!

It’s suitable for all skin types! Plus oily and acne-prone skin! Making this one of the best serums you can get in Malaysia!

Instyle calls it an Amazon cult favorite! With a score of 4.4/5 from over 30,000 reviews (*2)!

And according to faceserum.com, you just need a couple of drops for your neck and face each. The water based serum takes hardly any time to absorb! Does it have a smell? Nope!

Which makes this fragrance free face serum agreeable to sensitive skin types!

Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
  • Size: 30ml, 60ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Dry Skin, Combination Skin & Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Hydration, Skin Repair
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Price: ~RM119

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6. Swisse Skincare Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum

There are some ingredients in the mostly natural Swisse Skincare Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum that may induce breakouts (e.g. sweet almond oil, soybean oil, etc).

So test it out on your elbow first!  It smells mildly like orange too! Don’t forget to wear sunscreen with this before heading out!

For some users, they don’t notice any lightening of pigmentation but skin does appear brighter with continuous use!

If you want a natural face serum that controls oil in the T-zone, smells and feels good (and citrus-y), and wears well under makeup:

This might be your jam!

Swisse Skincare Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Not For Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Hydration, Combats Acne, Skin Brightening, Anti-Aging, Skin Repair
  • Key Ingredients: Licorice Root Extract, Niacinamide, Willow Bark Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Price: ~RM72.9

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7. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex worth its high price tag?

At this point, the highly praised face serum (with lactobacillus ferment and yeast extract) has been around for almost a decade:

With multiple full reviews (like on Byrdie.com or mywomenstuff.com) that agree that it’s very hydrating, but light and not greasy (and also pricey)!

Users of all different skin types on beautyheaven.com.au also believe that it makes skin radiant. And for some, skin does look more plump! For others, the anti-aging effects are negligible.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
  • Size: 20ml, 50ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin Types (Not For Sensitive Skin)
    Benefits: Hydration, Anti-Aging, UV protection
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Alpha-Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Price: ~RM220, ~RM450

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Best Serum For Combination Skin

8. Clarins Double Serum

For the price, you have to be extra careful that you’re getting the real deal!

Clarins Double Serum is very hydrating and the pump mechanism on the top allows you to precisely control the amount to dispense out.

This face serum has also been around for many years (since launching in 1985) – decades even!

Clarins lists its key ingredients as some 21 plant extracts but if you examine the ingredient label, the majority of the serum is synthetic emollients (*3). Which you could probably find in a cheaper face serum.

More recent reviews on Sephora are generally positive (4/5 stars from 472 users). With users seeing lightening of acne scars, and a more even skin tone!

At the very least, it’s hydrating enough for dry skin types! And is especially compatible with combination skin types. One user found it better than the SK II or Lamer serum.

Sensitive skin types may want to stay away from this face serum as it is not shy with its use of fragrance!

Clarins Double Serum
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Including Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Hydration, Skin Brightening, Anti-Aging
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Price: ~RM350

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9. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

Multiple products from the Innisfree Green Tea range already feature on this website:

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum has soothing ingredients like camellia. As well as panthenol and glycerin for hydration and to heal wounds!

This affordable face serum got 4/5 stars from over 2,000 users on Hermo. With its delightful green tea scent, and moisturizing abilities!

Most skin types seem ok with it too as a day face serum as it can keep dry patches at bay (together with the use of a moisturizer of course).

Take care if you have sensitive skin as it is not fragrance free!

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
  • Size: 80ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Not Suitable For Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Hydration, Skin Repair
  • Key Ingredients: Fresh Green Tea Water, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Panthenol, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Price: ~RM100

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10. Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence

There’s no sticky residue on your skin after using the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence! This lightweight watery gel seems to keep excess oil at bay too!

Oily skin types are happy with its non greasy feel (unless you don’t like a dewy look to your skin). For combination skin types, the level of moisture it gives is just right! With a single pump!

According to one user, it can serve as a lightweight moisturizer for normal skin types! And a few users with dry skin find the hydration lasting.

Another user remarked that the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence is better than the Hydro Gel Cream from Laneige!

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
  • Size: 70ml
  • Suitable For: Combination / Oily (Not Suitable For Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Hydration, Oil Control
  • Key Ingredients: Ascorbyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Beet Root Extract
  • Price: ~RM190

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Best Serum For Oily Skin

Need more options?

Oily skin types may do well with the best vitamin c serums too! To help with skin brightening and to reduce pigmentation from acne scars or dark spots.

11. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Another beauty cult favorite (with 4.5 stars on Byrdie.com):

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is one of the best face serums in Malaysia for combination, oily and acne-prone skin types!

Users appreciate that it does not have a smell. Along with its effectiveness on controlling oil and acne! It also doesn’t cost a small fortune!

However, you may not want to wear it out in the daytime as it gives your face a shiny sheen. But it does improve the appearance of your skin, including acne scars!

For those who suffer from severe acne, it may take longer (at least a month) before your skin clears with this face serum!

It may be a little too strong for sensitive skin too.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Size: 30ml, 60ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Benefits: Anti-Aging, Skin Brightening, Heal Acne, Oil Control
  • Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Zinc PCA
  • Price: ~RM34.9, ~RM74

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Best Serum For Acne

12. Some By Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum

Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf water, niacinamide and 3 hydroxy acids are present in the Some by Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum.

The combination of these ingredients helps to treat existing acne. And to exfoliate your skin, preventing future acne breakouts!

Oily skin users that are acne prone tried it for 20-30 days and swear that the face serum does exfoliate their skin, fading scars over time. Providing oil control and reducing inflammation too!

There is one user who noted that the Some By Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum is not as moisturizing as the iUnik tea tree Relief serum. Something drier skin types may want to look into.

Just be sure to shake the bottle thoroughly before using this! And it is not suitable for daily use (2-3 times a week may suffice for drier skin types).

Some by Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Oily Skin Types (Not Suitable For Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Acne Prevention And Treatment, Skin Brightening, Anti-Aging
  • Key Ingredients: Licorice Root Extract, Niacinamide, Lactobionic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Madecassoside, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola)
  • Price: ~RM45

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13. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is another serum for acne prone skin. It works as an exfoliator or home peeling treatment.

To smooth and brighten your skin! And even diminish blackheads!

Because of the visible improvements seen, it can be tempting to over use it! But once a week is enough for most users. And a tingling or stinging sensation is normal for this face serum.

Some users experience purging the first time they use it too. It’s a risk you have to take before trying out this effective face serum for acne!

For short term use, it brings pimples to head faster. And over several months (using it once a week), users do see pigmentation and scars fading.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Not For Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Skin Brightening, Acne Prevention, Anti-Aging
  • Key Ingredients: 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic/Lactic/Tartaric/Citric), 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid), Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, Black Carrot, Tasmanian Pepperberry, Panthenol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water
  • Price: ~RM36

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14. CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

If you have dry skin and acne, you can give the CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum a go! It’s hydrating. And with regular use, it can fade dark acne scars.

Because of the slow release of retinol (i.e. encapsulated retinol):

Some users call this an entry-level face retinol serum for those that want to see if retinol works for them! It doesn’t dry out the skin and blemishes look better (i.e. fade away) in ~2 weeks!

There are users with sensitive skin who say that it does not irritate their skin. However, rosacea sufferers are advised to stay away from this.

As with any retinol product, you do need to apply your sunscreen religiously throughout the day to protect newly exposed skin from the sun!

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: Acne-Prone Skin Types (Not For Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Improves Skin Texture, Fades Scars, Skin Repair, Acne Treatment
  • Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Ceramide, Citric Acid, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Price: ~RM129

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Best Serum For Sensitive Skin

15. Bio-essence Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel

Even though it has a light texture, the Bio-essence Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel provides ample hydration for dry skin. With ingredients like panthenol, ceramide 3, sodium hyaluronate and glycerin!

According to IncideCoder, the formula does not contain any irritating ingredients. It’s actually a short list compared to other skin care products!

Users of different skin types (combination, dry, acne prone) find that it feels pleasant on their skin! And does not cause any breakouts!

So users with sensitive skin can enjoy its hydrating, anti-acne and anti-aging benefits!

Bio-essence Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: For Dry & Sensitive Skin
  • Benefits: Anti-Aging, Hydration, Skin Brightening And Repair
  • Key Ingredients: Niacinamide, Ceramide 3, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid
  • Price: ~RM79.9

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16. 9Wishes Hydra Glowing Deep Hydration Skin Perfect Ampule Serum

Licorice root extract in the 9Wishes Hydra Glowing Deep Hydration Skin Perfect Ampule Serum doubles as a skin brightening agent. As well as to treat acne.

In addition, the moisturizing serum does not leave your face sticky! It’s lightweight and not oily too. And more importantly, users do see an improvement in their skin texture!

And from what we can tell from IncideCoder:

The ingredient list is mostly risk free. With the exception of commiphora myrrha resin extract which serves as an astringent. But it’s at the bottom of the ingredient list anyways.

If you don’t have flaky skin, and like the smell of coconuts:

You may really like this gentle serum! Which is mostly of coconut water (~50%) and sodium hyaluronate (~25%).

9Wishes Hydra Glowing Deep Hydration Skin Perfect Ampule Serum
  • Size: 25ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Including Sensitive Skin)
  • Benefits: Hydration, Skin Brightening, Acne Treatment, Skin Repair
  • Key Ingredients: Licorice Root Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Price: ~RM56

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Best Natural Serum

17. Jeanie Botanicals Luxury Face Oil

Formulated only with natural & organic ingredients:

The locally-made Luxury Face Oil is one of the best-selling products on Jeanie Botanicals! Little wonder since it has 12 highly beneficial oils!

Not too sure about face oils? Fret not, this one does not leave your face greasy! And even the tiny bottle will last you a few months (~5 months)! So it’s economical too!

Users (even with oily skin) like the way it feels and smells, and recommend using it together with a roller! Those with acne see some improvement too!

And sensitive skin types can relax knowing that there are no harsh chemicals in the formula!

Jeanie Botanicals Luxury Face Oil
  • Size: 10ml, 30ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Benefits: Skin Hydration
  • Key Ingredients: Camellia Seed Oil, Rosehip Fruit Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Tamanu Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosehip Seed Extract, Rose Geranium Flower Oil, Rose Otto Flower Oil, Neroli Flower Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carrot Root Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract
  • Price: ~RM40, ~RM90

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What Is Face Serum?

Face serum is that extra step after washing your face with your facial cleanser or cleansing oil. And right before applying your favorite moisturizer.

They can be in a gel or liquid form. Their lighter consistency allows for deeper penetration into your skin. While a moisturizer locks in moisture, optimizing the effects of the serum.

If you want to be even more diligent about your nightly skincare routine, you can prep your skin with some toner first. Before you dab on the face serum.

Face Serum Benefits

But why do you need to put on face serum in the first place?

Face serum have a cocktail of nutritious goodies for your skin. Like antioxidants, retinols and skin brighteners.

With the following benefits (*4):

  • Hydrating your skin
  • For skin repair (cell regeneration)
  • Refining pores
  • Improving the appearance of fine lines
  • Skin brightening
  • Soothing inflamed skin
  • Fading acne scars

The ingredients may be similar to what you’ll find in the best whitening creams or eye creams. Just with a different texture. And usually a higher concentration of beneficial active ingredients.

Which means that they can be more expensive too!

Types Of Face Serums

Face serums can have different functions and that leads to the following types:

  • Skin-brightening serums
  • Moisturizing/ hydrating serums
  • Anti-aging serums

There are even serums for acne-prone and sensitive skin! And serums to fight free radicals. Or to improve your overall skin texture!

What are free radicals?

These unstable molecules exist in our environment.

They look for other molecules to bond to. And in doing so, can deteriorate them. Since skin is the largest organ (and exposed) on our bodies, it is very vulnerable to damage from free radicals (*5).

Conclusion

There are so many of the best serums in Malaysia 2021 to choose for your skincare routine! Especially if you have dry and mature skin!

And if you can’t decide, item 6 is our recommendation for any skin type! And if it’s a peeling treatment you’re after, try items 15 or 16!