Everybody's skin is different when it comes to hydration. Face Serum can help us with it. If you have never tried one, know that after cleaning and exfoliating, but before moisturizer or sunscreen, they work into your skincare routine. They usually have a liquid texture although some serums can also be lightweight gels or lotions. And thanks to their lightweight, typically water-based consistency they seem to match any form of skin.
In addition, hydrating serums are filled with a high concentration of active ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid) that absorb readily into your skin. What you need is a few drops to raise moisture levels in your skin, whether you're dry, oily or in between!
With a face serum, here is what to look for, plus the best brands to try now.
Consonant HydrExtreme is an all-natural hydrating solution free of silicone with the least formula available. It has only two ingredients, seed extract cassia angustifolia (a polysaccharide) and glycerin. For me it has always been better hydrated than hyaluronic acid ... And now, clinical facts! It outperformed the hyaluronic acid as well as the leading hydration serum on the market in an independent, double-blind review. The texture is soft, quick-absorbing and greasy.
Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum is a natural hydrating serum which also can have anti-aging benefits. The main ingredients are the Echinacea-derived glycerine, hyaluronic acid and stem cells. Although plant stem cells are not a proven ingredient such as retinol, they have shown some potential for texture strengthening and improvement. The solution soon gets a watery look and sinks in.
Omorovicza Instant Perfection Serum is a serum free of oil and free of silicone that hydrates with xylitol and hyaluronic acid. The basis is the hungarian thermal water signature of the brand, which is rich in minerals to help calm down and soothe. There's also yeast ferment to help with absorption (seen in many K-beauty products). This is a transparent gel that absolutely penetrates; there is a faint smell but it is derived naturally.
In addition to humectants such as hyaluronic acid, the Vivier Hydragel Advanced B5 + Complex also includes pro-vitamin B5 to carry water to the skin. There's no wax, silicone or scent in here and this solution is a transparent gel unlike most serums. It is non-sticky and it can also be used by oilier skin types in place of moisturizer.
Timeless Hyaluronic Acid Pure is not only one of the most effective hydrating serums, it is also one of the simplest – with only four ingredients. The two major ones are water and a high one per cent hyaluronic acid concentration, which gives it a slightly thicker, gel-like feel. It sinks totally without residue, and makes the skin feel super smooth!
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