We’ve Tried LOTS of Serums—These Are The 12 Best Right Now
While an 8-step skincare routine is not for everyone, there is one step in particular that we should consider for a youthful flow: a serum. Firstly, what exactly is a serum you might ask. A serum is a highly concentrated liquid that delivers a big dose of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to the skin. Most serums are water-based and have a thin consistency although some are oil-based. Because serums are highly concentrated, they can deliver a big dose of good-for-you ingredients that penetrate deeply into the skin. Simply explained, the molecules found in serums are much smaller than those found in creams and lotions, which allows ingredients to more easily penetrate the skin which makes the serums so powerful.
So, how do we apply a face serum? Face serums should be applied in a specific way which is after cleansing but before the moisturiser. No matter what your budget or skin concern is, we’ve rounded up the best face serums of 2021 from hydrating serums to night and retinoid serums. Here’s Lux Nomade’s roundup of the best face serums right now…
ALPHA-A Vitamin A Serum with 0.5% Retinol
A gentle night time regenerating serum to target fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, pigmentation and other signs of premature ageing. The 0.5% Retinol, enhances and supports the production of healthy collagen, leaving skin looking more youthful, firm, smooth and radiant. Vitamin A (Retinol) is a natural exfoliator and hydrator and helps combat the “first signs of ageing”. Being a more gentle dose of Retinol, Vitamin A Serum is suitable for sensitive skin.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum
This serum preps and primes skin with soothing rose ingredients and hyaluronic acid for nonstop hydration. The botanical blend also contains moisturising angelica leaf extract and a hydrating microalgae extract in a gel texture that’s ideal for layering under other products or makeup to help retain moisture. Rosewater helps to soothe and cucumber extract helps to soothe and cool the skin.
The Glow Restore Triple Serum
Formulated with a clever combination of Magnesium, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Rose Oil, Salicylic Acid and Vitamin E this Australian-made hardworking serum, made from natural and organic ingredients, remineralises the skin, plumps, hydrates, exfoliates and evens out skin tone. Apply morning and night to restore your glow.
Water Drench Hyaluronic Glow Serum
SUNDAY RILEY A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum
An advanced-strength retinoid serum delivering a 6.5% solution of retinoid blends and botanical, retinol-alternative extracts into the skin to fight the signs of ageing and improving the look of congested and UV damaged skin. CoQ10 helps to improve the appearance of aging or damaged skin, while Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract, and ginger balance and soothe the skin for the appearance of a calmer, even-toned complexion.
Advanced skin technology, Dr hyaluronic serum 30 ml
Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum is specifically formulated with a unique blend of Hyaluronic Acid that replenishes the skin’s moisture content and repairs dry or inflamed skin, while soothing, calming and hydrating. Hyaluronic serum is the skins answer to dehydration. Holding 1000 times its own weight in water it draws what to the skin to plump and hydrate. Not only does this serum give supreme hydration it also strengthens, soothes and protects.
TEOXANE Cosmeceutcals, RHA Serum
An advanced serum that has been carefully formulated to improve a dehydrated, dull or aged skin complexion. Suitable for all skin types, the blend of powerful antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients help to reactivate skin’s natural mechanisms of deep regeneration.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Serum
An ultra-concentrated daily face serum for mild to moderate acne-prone skin, and is scientifically proven to help visibly reduce the appearance of breakouts, imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles. The non-oily, non-stick serum contains LHA, salicylic acid, glycolic acid and niacinamide to promote a healthy-looking complexion.
Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum
A lightweight serum with an airy texture, this formula easily absorbs into your skin and is perfect for people that are prone to dry skin, as a boost of potent Hyaluronic Acid drenches your visage in moisture, locking it in for long-lasting, touchable softness. An infusion of Biosaccharide Gum helps to minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a plumper, firmer appearance, while Betaine encourages a dewy, silky-smooth feeling.
BF Restore Face and Body Serum
Biologi’s best-selling Bf serum is a potent but gentle serum rich in phyto-actives that soothe and repair, leaving the skin feeling hydrated and soft. The formula includes Finger lime, Vitamin C, Tryptophan and Ferulic Acid offers significant protection against UV radiation, giving hydration and preventing the signs of premature ageing. The best-selling Bf serum has just launched in NEW 100ML size and still available in the original 50ML and 20ML sizes.
Napoleon Perdis Complex Skin Renewal Serum
An advanced anti-ageing serum to help weather dehydration, skin stress and premature aging. A cocktail of hardworking ingredients assists to repair and protect, while a blend of Tripeptides, plant-derived active sugar molecules and Sodium Hyaluronate help to boost skin elasticity.
Wrinkle Schminkles Morning After Glow Serum
The Morning After Glow Serum is an anti-ageing serum formulated with a powerful blend of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants, actives and essential fatty acids, designed to plump and hydrate the skin and target fine lines and wrinkles on your face, neck and décolletage. It easily absorbs into the skin and smells great.
arbonne Collagen Nurturing Serum
Super-concentrated serum that helps you age well by effectively reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without the use of harsh, aggressive ingredients. Packed with 2% bakuchiol – a plant-based retinol alternative. Also contains stabilized vitamin C to support collagen through moisturization, botanically-based sustainable plant stem cell extract, and sea buckthorn to help this multi-tasking serum support the skin’s barrier while improving the look of skin elasticity, firmness and texture