If you’re regularly washing and moisturizing your face each day, congratulations. We know in these times, sometimes just taking a shower feels like a chore, so if you’re at least removing dirt and dead skin from your face morning and night and keeping your skin hydrated, you deserve a pat on the back. If you want to get a gold star, however, it’s time to add a third element into the mix: serums.
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In short, serums are like super active skincare correctors. Typically, they are a silky oil- or gel-like product that contains high concentrations of certain agents to treat an issue — or maintain a healthy, glowing complexion should you already be so lucky. There are serums that even skin tone and eliminate dark spots (like vitamin c); ones that reduce fine lines and wrinkles (retinol); others that add an extra layer of hydration to skin that’s on the dryer side (hey hyaluronic acid); and even options to treat acne. The great thing is that in comparison to other treatments, say a mask, for example, they take five seconds to apply and stay on your face (and neck) all day and night to keep working their magic. Sounds pretty simple right?
Putting a serum on might be easy peasy, but finding the best one for your skincare needs is a bit harder. Here are four serums we recommend layering between the cleansing and moisturizing step in your routine to help your skin flourish this fall.
1. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining SerumSource:Ulta Beauty
Have you ever seen someone with skin so perfect it reminds you of glass? That’s the result Peach & Lily is looking to give you with its Glass Skin Refining Serum. The silky serum is all about making skin look translucent and luminous and causing people to ask you what pores, thanks to its blend of Peach Extract; Niacinamide which helps brighten skin and lessen inflammation; Asian Mountain Yam Extract to reduce dry flakiness; Madecassoide to ward off inflammation and stimulate collagen production; a special Hyaluronic Acid Complex and a proprietary Peptide Complex that encourages collagen production to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, making skin appear firmer and smoother.
2. Fourth Ray Beauty Rainfall 2% Hyaluronic Acid SerumSource:Ulta Beauty
Remember we told you how important hyaluronic acid is for keeping skin hydrated in our fall and winter skincare guide? Well here’s another serum to add to your beauty arsenal. This vegan, cruelty-free option from Fourth Ray is formulated with 2% hyaluronic acid as well as other moisturizing ingredients to quench thirsty, dehydrated skin such as seawood sugar, coconut water, and cucumber water.
Recommended for day and night use, simply squeeze two or three drops of the serum into your palm, rub your hands together to warm the product and then pat into the skin. Follow with a hydrating moisturizer of your choice at night and sunscreen in the AM.
3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%Source:Ulta Beauty
Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is another hero ingredient we talked about for the cold months. Get a direct dose of the good stuff with this tincture from The Ordinary which is 10% Niacinamide and 1% Zinc.
Great for those with oily or acne-prone skin, this product helps reduce signs of congestion in the skin while balancing visible sebum activity to minimize breakouts and shine. You may also notice a brightening effect when applied to the face morning and night. Be sure to follow with a heavy moisturizing cream to keep skin balanced.
4. Truly Mary Jane CBD Glow SerumSource:Ulta Beauty
We’ve talked about this before, but dewy, glowing skin isn’t only for the summertime. Bring out your radiant complexion with this CBD Glow Serum from Truly. Glycolic acid lightly exfoliates the skin, while hemp-derived CBD oil and Vitamin A hydrate and lock in moisture to give you the kind of natural glow only healthy skin knows. We can’t forget about the inclusion of caffeine to wake up the skin as well. You really can’t go wrong with this vegan serum morning or night. One to two drops is all you need to step into your shine.