If you haven't incorporated a quality serum into your skincare routine yet, you're missing out on a magical elixir that has the power to prevent signs of aging, correct hyperpigmentation, and help your skin retain water so that it looks dewy and radiant. But many serums are notoriously expensive. Unless you're willing to make a big investment in skincare, serums may be the one product you've sacrificed.
There are so many affordable serums on the market that are racking up amazing reviews — which gives you no excuse not to find the one that works for you. These 7 serums are some of the best around — but don't take my word for it — scores of happy customers agree.
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Skin Food Peach Sake Pore Serum ($9.56)
Want to minimize the appearance of pores and help tone and firm up your skin? This Korean beauty serum is made with rice sake, which promotes blood circulation and tightens pores, peach extracts rich with vitamins A and C, and skin brightening kojic acid, and peptides to boost collagen production. Reviewers say it does exactly what it claims: makes pores appear nearly invisible.
This highly rated serum contains a powerful combination of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to plump up skin, diminish the appearance of fine lines, and rejuvenate parched, dry skin. But the real draw here is that, unlike many other serums, this one is cold processed — it doesn't use heat or chemical emulsion, which allows its ingredients to remain fresher and effective for longer.
As we age, sun damage that acquired from one too many fun days on the beach during our childhood may catch up with us. The result is darkened patches of skin called hyperpigmentation — which this serum addresses with ingredients like grapefruit, white tea, and mulberry fruit. This serum is free of chemicals, dyes, and mineral oil, is 99 percent natural, and contains vitamin C to help brighten dull complexions.
This British cult favorite targets aging skin with a peptide called Matrixyl, which helps firm and tone skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and plump the skin with hydration to prevent future signs of aging. More than 600 customers weighed in, mostly with glowing reviews — and many of them swear this product works even better than costly ones.
Retinoids like Retin-A (which requires a prescription) and retinols (which you can find over the counter) are still regarded by many skin experts as the gold standard of anti-aging skincare products. This incredible serum by RoC delivers retinol, magnesium, zinc, and copper to smooth fine lines, visibly reduce signs of photodamage and crow's feet, improve skin firmness, and give the complexion and overall brighter appearance. Apply it at night under your night cream and make sure you wear sunscreen every day.
If puffy eyes and dry, dull skin are a concern and you'd rather not invest in two separate products, this 2-in-1 kit by Toulon is the perfect solution: it comes with both an eye and face serum rich with hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acids.
This lightweight serum contains an Advanced Amino-Peptide Complex that promises to deliver moisture 10 layers deep into the skin. Even reviewers who say they're skeptical of that claim admit they've noticed a difference in the elasticity of their skin and overall skin tone and that this non-greasy formula provides optimum levels of hydration, making it the perfect pre-makeup prep product.
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