As a teenager I didn’t use any skincare products apart from face wash because I felt my skin was way too oily and pimple-prone for it. Now, taking care of my combination skin is a major part of my night time ritual (apart from the sleeping, of course). Using serums takes your skincare routine to the next level and targets specific concerns such as dryness or acne. Here are some all-rounder serums to get you started:

1. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This luxurious oil is one of those products that gives you visible results the very next day — trust me on this. Warm a couple of drops of the liquid in your palms and then gently press it into the skin — don’t rub. Expect a brighter complexion the next morning. This magic in a bottle does not come cheap, but will last for at least a year so you do get your money’s worth. Starting from Dh194 at Kiehl’s.

2. Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment

Made for breakout prone skin, this light gel contains salicylic acid to clear out blocked pores. It also has other soothing ingredients such as cucumber, tea tree and lavender. Use a tiny bit on individual pimples, or apply a thin layer all over the face as a serum to combat any congested, bumpy skin. My skin always feels smoother after using this. Dh80 at basharacare.com

3. Sephora Luminizing Booster

The best thing about this serum is how light and non-oily it is. It’s a great beginner serum because of the price point and will suit various skin types. It contains Vitamin C and helps brighten the complexion. Use before moisturiser for a little skincare pick-me-up. Dh85 at Sephora.

4. Lush Full of Grace serum

You can always count on Lush to do things a little differently. This serum comes in the form of a hard, waxy bar. The ingredient list reads like a dream: murumuru butter, fresh rose petal infusion, organic almond oil and more. Rub the bar between your fingers so the oils melt, and then press the oil into the skin. I like to give my face a little massage to get the blood flowing. Dh97 at Lush.