These 21 Serums Are So Good You’ll Forget You’re Even Aging
Aging? Wrinkles? Dark Spots? I don’t know her.
March 22, 2020
Behind every good skincare routine lies one very important step: serum. With active ingredients that lift, brighten, hydrate, and smooth, a concentrated serum targets skin problems more effectively than moisturizers and lotions. The watery, silky texture brings skin-loving ingredients right where you need them most and is easily layered with all your favorite products.
After you cleanse your skin (and before SPF or makeup in the a.m.), pat on a serum with ingredients that target your specific skin concerns. The 21 listed below are undoubtedly the best serums of all time.
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum Ampoules, L'Oréal Paris
Best for: instantly plumping skin. When your skin feels particularly lacklustre, these highly concentrated L’Oreal Paris ampoules with pure hyaluronic acid serum can be used twice a day for one week to intensely hydrate, plump skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And they’re travel-friendly! (Pro tip: use the top to seal until nighttime).
Best for: serious brightening. This is like the Tesla of vitamin C serums—often imitated, never duplicated. It doesn’t smell like roses, but it does dramatically lift dark spots thanks to L-ascorbic acid and ferulic acid.
Best for: an instant glow. In addition to plumping skin with hyaluronic acid, royal jelly, and tons of other nutrients, the formula also contains a boost of 23-karat gold, so the radiance results are instantaneous.
Best for: the retinol curious. With two kinds of retinol—plus skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal—this retinol serum is the perfect first step to getting all the anti-aging benefits without having to ask your doctor for a prescription.
bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion Serum, bareMinerals
Best for: serum newbies. This hydrating serum is like a glass of cold water for your face. It makes your skin look plumper and brighter right away and over time, but it won’t dramatically reverse the signs of aging.
Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster Gel Serum, LA PRAIRIE
Best for: fine lines. Technically you’re only supposed to use this serum on your face, and not near your eyes—but our crow’s feet looked way less noticeable when we tapped this on night after night for about a week
Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Estée Lauder
Best for: overnight repair. If you need to look a little fresher by the time your alarm goes off in the morning, reach for this serum. It’s not one of the best-selling skincare products of all time for no reason.
Best for: natural beauty-lovers who don’t want to sacrifice quality. This antioxidant-rich hyaluronic acid serum intensely hydrates, repairs damage, and prevents future damage by using only the safest natural ingredients.