Skin care is not one size fits all—which is why we are all about a good facial serum to customize our routines to get one step closer to healthier, more radiant-looking skin…

If you’ve ever look at a mirror and noticed your skin looking dull and and lifeless, exfoliation can help lift the ceil and reveal brighter, glowy skin. When we hear exfoliaton, we immediately think of the pshyical exfoliants; such as wallnut and sugar scrubs. But before you reach for those, keep reading this article for the serums that can do the job without damaging your skin barrier.

When it comes to exfoliating serums, it’s all about the ingredients—specifically the acids, which are responsible for lifting away dead skin cells. Here are the ingredients you should consider when shopping for an exfoliating serum.

  • Glycolic Acid: A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane and is good for hyperpigmentation. Applying a serum formulated with this acid can help tone the skin and promote a more even-looking complexion.
  • L-ascorbic Acid: A pure form of vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties and its ability to brighten and promote clarity.
  • Salicylic Acid: This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) lessens the symptoms of acne. On top of that, it “encourages exfoliation, eases inflammation and unclogs pores,” she adds.
  • Citric Acid: Derived from citrus, this AHA helps exfoliate. On top of that, this can help calm inflamed skin.
  • Malic Acid: This fruit acid comes from apples and can also help slough off dead skin.
  • Lactic Acid: Another AHA that plumps the skin, making fine lines look less visiblE. In addition, it also “exfoliates to reveal smoother and more glowing skin.

Here’s what you need to know when choosing the right exfoliating serums for normal, dry, oily, mature and sensitive skin types.

  • Normal, Dry and Mature Skin: For this skin type, an exfoliating serum with vitamins, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, along with the acids will work wonders.
  • Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: If you have oily [or] acne-prone skin, salicylic acid is best.
  • Sensitive Skin: Just because you experience sensitivity doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits of exfoliating serums. Just avoid glycolic acid and BHAs as these can increase sensitivity. On the other hand, lactic acid is a “much gentler” alternative for this skin type.