Face serums are one of the mandatory steps in a simple skincare routine with a host of benefits. There are different types of skin serums with all kinds of ingredients for different purposes. From anti-aging to calming, below, we have rounded up the best face serums for every skin type and concern, whether you are dealing with skin dehydration or sensitive skin.
Best Face Serums for Dehydration
1. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
If you are dealing with dry skin, then the easiest solution is a serum loaded with humectants. These water-attracting ingredients, like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and panthenol plump up the skin, saturate it with water, and make it seem healthier and happier. This simple yet incredible serum can be bought at Ulta.
2. CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
The new thing in skin protection and hydration is snail secretion filtrate – don’t worry, no snails are killed in the making of this ingredient! In addition to the ski- soothing, hydrating, and brightening ingredient, there are also exceptional humectants like betaine and hyaluronic acid, to truly boost the skin’s moisture content. You can purchase this serum through Ulta.
Best Anti-Aging Face Serums
3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
This serum has been around for a long time, and for just as long it has been an anti-aging staple. It renews the skin with a collection of ferments, extracts, vitamins, and peptides, leaving the skin bright, hydrated, and, of course, youthful. In the long term it slows down skin aging by triggering regeneration. You can purchase a bottle of this serum at Nordstrom.
4. Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum
Retinol is a mandatory ingredient for an anti-aging routine, and it penetrates so much better in the form of a serum. This silicone-based serum is super concentrated, to radically renew the skin and stave off signs of aging like fine lines and hyperpigmentation. You can find yourself a bottle at Nordstrom.
Best Face Serums for Sensitive Skin
5. SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel
This is one of the best serums for sensitive skin, because it takes down redness overnight. It is oil-free, so it’ll work for both oily and dry skin, and will help to significantly rehydrate with a dose of hyaluronic acid. The botanical extracts in it will soothe the skin and fortify it. It is available for purchase through Dermstore.
6. REN EverCalm Anti-Redness Serum
This serum turns blotchy skin into clear, smooth skin in no time. It contains beta glucan, polypeptides, and hyaluronic acid, so it is ultra-soothing and hydrating, and yet it has a very light texture that penetrates into the skin very quickly. It can work for all skin types, but it is especially popular for those with rosacea. Grab it for yourself from Sephora.
Best Face Serums for Acne-Prone Skin
7. DermaDoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Acne Control Serum
The two acne-fighting superstars in this serum are salicylic acid and azelaic acid. One declogs the pores gently, while the other eliminates acne bacteria, making for a lovely serum that gets the skin clear and smooth. A thin layer of this serum is all it takes, ideally in the evening. You can buy it from Sephora.
8. bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Anti-Imperfection Serum
Salicylic acid was combined with licorice root and zinc in this serum, to make a skin-hydrating serum that clarifies the pores and keeps breakouts at bay. It is super gentle with some soothing ingredients, so it’s great for sensitive and inflamed skin. You can purchase a bottle from Sephora.
Best Face Serums for Oily Skin
9. Philosophy No Reason to Hide Multi Imperfection Transforming Serum
This super-light serum is one of the best for oily skin, because it feels wonderful and sinks in quickly. It contains a generous amount of skin-mattifying (and beautifying) niacinamide, as well as some skin-brightening and acne-fighting properties. You can pick up one of these potent serums at Nordstrom.
10. DDF Wrinkle Fighting Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
This pore minimizing serum works for oily skin in two ways: it mattifies cosmetically, so it is perfect for daytime to keep those oils in check. It contains sebum-reducing niacinamide to mattify in the long term, along with loads of hydrating and anti-aging actives. This miracle treatment is up for sale at Ulta.
Best Face Serums for Hyperpigmentation
11. Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Vitamin C is the first thing that pops to mind when I think of effective skin brightening. It is a fantastic antioxidant to boost that radically improves skin functioning on all fronts. This serum helps to hydrate and fortify the skin to boot, and it works for all skin types. It is available for sale through Sephora.
12. Murad Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum
This skin-brightening serum is super effective thanks to the somewhat controversial presence of hydroquinone – a proven skin lightener that does require careful handling. There is also a touch of glycolic acid to resurface the skin, and anti-aging peptides, so it can also combat other signs of premature aging. Pick up a bottle for yourself from Nordstrom.
Best Face Serums for Exfoliation
13. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
This is one of the best serums when it comes to exfoliation, because it combines both salicylic acid and glycolic acid. It removes dead skin from within and without irritating the skin. It is great for anyone except for those with extremely sensitive skin, because it brightens the skin, fights premature aging, unclogs pores, and fades acne. You can purchase this Drunk Elephant serum from Sephora.
14. Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment
If you have sensitive skin, and are trying to find an exfoliant that will work to improve dullness, dryness, or redness, then this product from Sunday Riley is probably one of the best face serums for you. It contains gentle lactic acid, along with all kinds of skin-brightening and soothing extracts. It is available for sale at Sephora.
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