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Face serums can be costly so make sure you’re getting the best serum in Malaysia 2022 for your skin type!

Prevent those fine lines from deepening or fade old scars and pigmentation spots 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!

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How To Choose A Serum

1. Examine The Main Ingredients

Depending on your age, skin type and lifestyle, these are always great ingredients to have in a face serum:

  • 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 – especially natural ones like licorice

Note: 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

However, an effective serum doesn’t need to have any of these:

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

As many of these can dry out your skin further 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 as this is when the active ingredients are no longer as potent (i.e. effective)!

This is all the more important for products containing acids (*1)!

17 Best Face Serums In Malaysia 2022

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 products suited for combination skin that may also be good for dry skin too.

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

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

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 Oil-Infused Serum

Replacing the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum, is the new and oil-infused Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum.

As the name suggests, the texture of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum is oily just like the previous serum (Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum) so it is more suitable for dry skin.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum

That said, since it’s oily, it can be too heavy if you pair it with a thick moisturizer right after. In fact, since it gives off a such a dewy look, some users like it as a base for makeup.

Also, while the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum contributes to plumper and hydrated looking skin, it can cause breakouts! Possibly from clogged pores.

Therefore, we suggest the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum for those with very dry skin. This face serum absorbs very well on dry skin.

In regards to sensitive skin, the new Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum has removed artificial fragrances from its list of ingredients (yay!) but it still has geraniol and rosa damascena flower oil.

These are natural fragrances but can still cause irritation if you are sensitive to them.

Trial and error with this product is not ideal as it is expensive to buy on a whim. What you can do instead is check out sample sizes before committing to a large bottle that will cost up to RM270.

On another note, there is some notable difference between the packaging of the old Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum and new Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum.

While the bottle of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum is gorgeous, there is a twist-type cap in place of the previous useful pump dispenser. So now, you will have to pour out the serum manually (I.e. tricky to dispense smaller amounts).

On the whole, we suggest this cleanser for those who have a large budget, and very dry skin that tolerates oil based products with no issues because you will see almost immediate effects (e.g. improved smoothness and brightness in the skin)  as well as adequate hydration!

  • Size: 100ml
  • Suitable For: Dry & Very dry skin types
  • Benefits: Hydrating
  • Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil
  • Price: ~RM270*

Pros:

  • Suitable for dry skin due to its oil-based texture
  • Can be used as makeup base or a 2-in-1 serum and moisturizer
  • Immediate results for hydrated and dewy looking skin
  • Great absorption
  • Smells good
  • Feels lightweight despite oily consistency

Cons:

  • Expensive – Small amount for the price
  • Could cause breakouts due to heavy consistency
  • No pump dispenser

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 may find that this face serum is not rich enough. Even if it feels really nice on the skin!

Fans of natural products will enjoy the smell of the Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum and how it does not irritate the skin!

Thus, we 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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Non-greasy texture
  • Lightweight
  • Absorbs fast
  • Skin feels softer
  • Natural fragrance
  • One pump is enough
  • With antioxidants
  • Layers well under make up

Cons:

  • Not everyone will like the smell (herbal)
  • Very runny consistency – be careful when getting the product out to avoid wastage
  • No obvious results other than hydration

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!

It feels nice and light on the skin, and it hydrates dry skin decently without being sticky! However, the moisturizing effect is not lasting.

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

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

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum is 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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Hydrating
  • No tackiness
  • Easy application (With a pump dispenser)

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance and citric acid (known skin irritants)
  • Strong artificial scent
  • Not hydrating enough for very dry patches of skin

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! It does feel a little tacky during application but that goes away.

Dry skin types take well to this hydrating serum. And as an added bonus, the scent is light and pleasant!

Although there are no other visible benefits other than softer skin and it being non irritating!

But this face serum is great at moisturizing the skin – the effect lasts for hours if you have normal, dry and combination skin

Moreover, sensitive skin and acne prone skin can try the Sukin Hydration Biomarine Facial Serum 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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Smells nice
  • Contains natural fragrance
  • Hygienic pump dispenser
  • Not greasy
  • A little goes a long way
  • Heals dry patches (within 2 weeks)
  • Does not make oily skin oilier
  • Doesn’t cause breakouts

Cons:

  • Citric acid may irritate sensitive skin
  • Hard to see how much product is left
  • A bit sticky until it fully absorbs

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free, and alcohol free
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Smoothens skin texture
  • Effective moisturizer
  • No fragrance
  • 1 bottle will last a long time
  • Dropper for easy application
  • Hydrating

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Dries a bit sticky but unnoticeable under moisturizer
  • No other benefits besides hydration and skin repair

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! This face serum smells mildly like orange too!

You might not notice any obvious signs of lightening pigmentation but skin does appear brighter with continuous use! Though this may take up to 3 months.

Hence, 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:

The Swisse Skincare Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum 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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Natural fragrance that smells nice
  • Nice texture (neither too thick or runny) with no oily residue
  • Fades dark spots
  • Soothes acne
  • Dark bottle protects the light-sensitive ingredients
  • Easy to apply
  • 1-2 pumps for the entire face
  • Does not feel sticky
  • Can be layered under make up
  • Helps with oil control

Cons:

  • Contains silicone
  • Takes at least 1-3 months to see any results
  • Citric acid (not for sensitive skin)
  • Color of the product is unappealing

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Not sticky or oily after application
  • Fast absorption despite a thick texture
  • Suitable for most skin types
  • Smells really good to some people
  • Reduces visibility of fine lines and pigmentation
  • Luxurious packaging looks elegant on any dressing table
  • One bottle lasts for months

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Contains fragrance (quite strong too) and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (known skin irritant for sensitive skin)
  • Has comedogenic ingredients (oleth-3 and oleth-5)

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!

Note: Flowery fragrance that many find too strong.

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Gives you a dewy healthy glow
  • May reduce fine lines (up to 2 months to see results)
  • Does not feel greasy after application
  • Absorbs fast
  • Floral fragrance similar to perfume
  • You just need 1 pump each time so the bottle lasts long
  • Gives skin a radiant healthy glow

Cons:

  • Contains strong fragrance and citric acid (may irritate sensitive skin)
  • Expensive

9. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

Multiple products from the Innisfree Green Tea range already feature on this website, and for good reason – they are affordable!

And the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is no exception plus it has soothing ingredients like camellia. As well as panthenol and glycerin for hydration and to heal wounds!

This affordable face serum has 4/5 star reviews from over 2,000 users on Hermo that praise its delightful green tea scent, and moisturizing abilities!

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

However, take care if you have sensitive skin as the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum 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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free
  • Smells nice with a light refreshing scent
  • Absorbs well
  • Lightweight
  • Reasonably priced
  • Does not make the skin oilier

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol & fragrance
  • May not be moisturizing enough for very dry skin!
  • Sticky upon application – fades

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 can keep excess oil at bay too!

Overal, oily skin types are happy with its non greasy feel of the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence too. Unless you don’t happen to like a dewy look to your skin.

And for combination skin types, the level of moisture it gives is just right, even with a single pump!

It can even serve as a lightweight moisturizer for normal skin types. The hydration this face serum provides is lasting enough if you have skin that’s a little on the dry side.

However, the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence doesn’t come cheap!

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, oil-free
  • Fast absorption
  • Hydrates skin
  • Subtle fragrance
  • No sticky residue
  • Skin gets a glow from it

Cons:

  • Contains silicone and fragrance, isostearyl neopentanoate (may irritate skin, block pores)
  • Quite pricey

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!

Firstly, we 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 on the positive side, it does gradually improve the appearance of your skin, including acne scars!

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

We want to add that the Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% may be a little too strong for sensitive skin too so go easy on it to start.

Note: Many fake products for sale online.

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, oil-free
  • Nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free
  • Reduces redness in the skin
  • Minimizes pores
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Good oil control

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance
  • Not as moisturizing as other serums
  • Bit of stickiness left after application
  • Causes breakouts in some users

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!

However, 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.

And it’s important to shake the bottle thoroughly before using this! Another thing to note is that the Some By Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum is not suitable for daily use (2-3 times a week may suffice for drier skin types).

Note: Not suitable for daily use (2-3 times a week will suffice); Shake before use.

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free
  • Minimizes appearances of large pores
  • Clears breakouts
  • Doesn’t have a strong smell
  • Lightweight
  • Texture feels nice (watery)
  • Not sticky
  • Oil control

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance, alcohol and other possible skin irritants
  • Up to a month to see results (works great together with the toner in the same range)
  • Some users experience purging in the first week

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

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is another face serum for acne prone skin.

It works as an exfoliator or home peeling treatment tsmooth and brighten your skin! And even diminish blackheads!

Because of the visible improvements, it can be tempting to over use it! But once a week is advisable.

Also a tingling or stinging sensation is normal for this face serum.

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.

Note: Leave a thin layer on for less than 10 minutes on dry skin, rinsing off after; Use 2 times maximum a week.

However, some users experience purging the first time that they use the Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution too.

So it’s a risk you have to take before trying out this effective face serum for acne! We can appreciate that  the Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is not unreasonably priced too.

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, oil-free
  • Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free
  • Lightens hyper-pigmentation
  • Pores noticeably smaller
  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable light consistency
  • Effective for those who are prone to acne
  • Helps clear breakouts

Cons:

  • Stinging sensation is common
  • May cause adverse effects (e.g. blotchy, red, peeling)

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):

The CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum is like an entry-level face retinol serum for those that want to see if retinol works for them!

Plus, this face serum doesn’t dry out the skin and blemishes do look better (i.e. fade away) in ~2 weeks!

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

Finally, 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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free
  • No noticeable scent
  • Smooth consistency
  • Absorbs easily
  • Clears breakouts with niacinamide
  • Skin looks smoother (might be the silicones)
  • For a retinol serum, it’s not drying
  • Considered a gentler alternative for a retinol product

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol, silicone and fragrance
  • Not for sensitive skin
  • Skin can build a tolerance to this quickly if you use it every day

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. The Bio-essence Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel does actually have a relatively short ingredient list compared to other face serums in Malaysia.

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

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

Note: Compared to the older version (that did not have Vitamin B5), this serum has a thicker consistency.

However, the Bio-essence Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel is noticeably pricey for the amount that you get.

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Fast absorption
  • No greasy after feel
  • Minimal ingredient list
  • Doesn’t use essential oils
  • Treats acne and fades scars with niacinamide
  • Soothing ingredients (e.g. panthenol)
  • With vitamin E (antioxidant)

Cons:

  • Not many reviews on this product

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.

But of higher significance, some 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 this ingredient is at the bottom of the ingredient list.

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

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

But the final verdict on this face serum is that the 9Wishes Hydra Glowing Deep Hydration Skin Perfect Ampule Serum is best for normal or combination skin that is sensitive and that doesn’t have any major blemishes!

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

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Gentle enough for daily use
  • Absorbs fast
  • Hydrating effect lasts
  • Does not irritate skin
  • Soothes the skin with aloe and licorice
  • Smells a little like coconut
  • Has natural antioxidant and brightening ingredients (e.g. licorice, morus alba fruit extract, etc)
  • Layers well under other products

Cons:

  • Not hydrating enough for very dry skin
  • If your skin does not react well to coconut, you may want to skip this. As it has coconut water for the base.
  • No visible effects other than hydration

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!

Note:

  • 3 drops morning and night will suffice!
  • There’s a description on the benefits of each ingredient on the product page

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 of the Jeanie Botanicals Luxury Face Oil!

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
  • Check price on their official website

Pros:

  • No irritating chemicals (e.g. Parabens, SLS/SLES, petroleum-based products, silicones, GMOs, artificial fragrance and coloring, etc)
  • Anti aging benefits (i.e. firmer skin, skin repair, improves skintone, etc)
  • The smell is surprisingly pleasant
  • Absorbs into the skin
  • Suitable for oily skin types too
  • Wearable under moisturizer

Cons:

  • None

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
  • 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!

Note: Free radicals are 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 2022 to choose for your skincare routine! Especially if you have dry and mature skin!

There are face serums that are better for oily skin like the Some By Mi AHA.BHA.PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum and others that are better for dry skin, like the Sukin Hydration Biomarine Facial Serum.

However, if it’s a retinol serum you’re after, try the CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum.

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Janice

Janice is the editor for BestBuyGet.com. Wanted to be an author as a kid, got a D in English (First Language), but somehow now a content writer with an engineering background. Bakes, does yoga, plays the piano, reads, and most other introverted indoor hobbies. Also an active volunteer at Zero Waste Malaysia.