Face serums are an integral part of any beauty routine. They are more lightweight than a moisturiser and often packed with higher concentrations of active ingredients. If we were in a bar, a serum is an equivalent to a shot of tequila, whereas a moisturiser is more like a long drink. Serums pack a punch and get where they need to far quicker and more effectively.
The key with face serums, and in fact any skincare, is to choose a product that is right for your skin type and your complexion’s needs. Then you need to clear the way, allowing your serum to penetrate your skin with ease—this means you need to thoroughly cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin (a muslin cloth will do) before you apply your serum. We have collated nine seriously effective face serums. Keep scrolling to find your serum soulmate from our Byrdie-approved lineup.
Think of this as a glass of water for your skin. This lightweight serum delivers skin-plumping hydration deep down into the epidermis. Since dehydration can lead to fine lines appearing more prominent, this should be your first port of call before dabbling in anything more invasive for lines.
A super-smart serum, this contains 1.00% Copper Tripeptide-1 (GHK-Cu), an ingredient that tricks the skin into activating the production of collagen, as well as stimulating wound healing and immune function; essentially it gives the skin the jolt of energy it needs to act (and look) younger than it is.
A potent serum, this contains niacinamide and Vitamin C to tackle dark spots and texture, whilst brightening the general tone of the complexion.
A true classic, this nighttime serum is essentially like a project manager for your skin, getting everything working effectively and in sync to ensure that your complexion repairs optimally while you sleep. You'll wake up to smoother, brighter-looking skin.
We all know the importance of SPF to protect the skin, but the environment can wreak havoc on our complexions in other ways, which is why you need to bolster your routine with a powerful hit of antioxidants. This serum delivers that much-needed protection to help stave off wrinkles and sagging.
L'Oréal Paris formulated this serum to mimic the effects of a CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment in four weeks. It re-texturises the skin, leaving it looking smoother and more even toned. Pores appear less visible, while lines and wrinkles look softened. While the effects take a lot longer than a one-off treatment, this is a whole lot more affordable.
There comes a time when you have to deal with spots and lines, and, no, it's not fair. Containing alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to boost cell turnover, as well as dioic acid that acts on both acne and pigmentation, this serum prevents blemishes while softening the appearance of lines and age spots.
An oil-serum hybrid, this cult classic serum is packed with active botanical ingredients (22 to be precise). It even boasts turmeric, which is a skin-boosting wonder. A good all-rounder (well, it should be considering the price), this addresses loss of elasticity, fine lines and even pigmentation.
If your skin is acting up, then this serum will calm it down. Chamomile and thistle oil soothe, while refreshing aloe vera hydrates. Wonder ingredient niacinamide repairs damaged skin and gives micro-circulation a boost. Expect a calmer, glowier complexion.