Best Face Serums that Actually Work

You're not alone in having no earthly idea of what a serum is. And if you're the proud owner of a few serums, it's not a very straightforward substance on the surface. Think of the contradictions: it's moisturizing, but you're not using a moisturizer. It might be sticky, but it's not really oil. It may be watery, nor is that the heart of it? So many questions and we haven't gotten to the list of ingredients yet!

Serum is a skincare product that can be applied to your skin after washing, but before moisturizing, with the intention of delivering powerful ingredients directly to your skin.

Serum is well suited to this role as it consists of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and provide a very high concentration of active ingredients. It makes them a perfect tool to fix common skincare issues, such as wrinkles. Goodbye, signs of aging!

Is serum a moisturizing agent?

Sure, no. Serums can be made of moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, ceramides) to help the skin maintain moisture. Yet, in the conventional sense, that doesn't make them moisturizers. Face lotions and creams are thicker and build a layer on the surface of your skin to hold all the good stuff in.

How often should I use my serum?

Okay, much of this depends on the serum. Read the label, but you'll only cover your bases once a day.

If you're already a serum superfan or willing to try one for the first time, check out these choices to help you get a radiant skin:

Botanics Hydration Burst Light Serum - 1 fl oz

Offer your thirsty skin a mega-dose of moisture that prevents it from feeling parched for a full day. The non-greasy formula is infused with Clary Sage extract and a combination of antioxidants that help preserve your skin's natural barrier and relax sensitivity.

L'Oréal Paris 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

Clean, exhausted skin with this 1.5 percent hyaluronic acid serum should get a significant boost in hydration and plumping. It's the # 1 serum in the U.S., according to Nielsen — you'll be able to say why after only a few uses. This lightweight serum absorbs easily and leaves the skin looking softer and more dewy.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum

Brighten up the dark skin by slathering your face with this dazzling gel-serum combination filled with potent vitamin C. It absorbs easily and leaves the skin cleaner and more luminous.

COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

If you're two birds, one kind of stone girl, then your jam will be the serum that doubles as a sunless tanner. While you hydrate and smooth your skin, the gradual tanning agents will work. You'll be left with a golden glow that lasts for a couple of days — or forever if you keep up with the material.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum

Activating this soothing procedure creates an attention-grabbing visual effect that begs to be 'grammed.' But the purpose of this on - the-spot combination of environmental damage-fighting antioxidants and a calming base is to keep the contents super fresh for optimum potency.

La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum

When high water drinks and a continuously running humidifier do not work for your parched skin, do it with this extremely moisturizing serum. Unlike La Mer's other offerings, this recipe ignores the strength of the ocean to save your face (in this case, drenching it with a nourishing mix of algae).

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