Serums are the unsung heroes of any skin-care routine. While cleanser clears the skin of impurities, moisturizer hydrates the skin, and SPF protects it from UV rays, serums offer a bonus opportunity: the chance to tackle your specific skin concerns.
Your serum should be a personalized formula that targets any skin issues directly. Dealing with dark spots? Opt for a vitamin C serum. Worried about fine lines? Try a collagen booster. No matter the skin goal, there’s an accompanying serum.
Once you find the right formula, the skin of your dreams is one step closer. To help you narrow down which would work best for your concerns, CEO of LovelySkin and Omaha, NE dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Joel Schlessinger, MD provided us with the top 10 serums for every skin concern. Ahead, find the option that best matches your skin goals.
Best For: An All-Around Glow
This beauty editor-favorite serum is beloved for its multitasking results. “The combination of superior antioxidants vitamins C and E with ferulic acid provides an incomparable serum,” says Dr. Schlessinger. The jam-packed formula works to brighten, tighten and protect skin of all ages.
Best For: Fighting Lines and Wrinkles
“The science and ongoing research behind DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum is remarkable,” says Dr. Schlessinger. The “eight” in the name comes from all the ways this serum targets anti-aging, including smoothing fine lines, lifting the face and soothing skin.
DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum ($165)
Best For: Building Collagen
If you’ve noticed skin laxity or sagging in newfound areas of the face, this is the serum to add to your routine. It’s formulated to boost collagen—the tissue that makes for tight, bouncy skin—with noticeable results in two weeks. It’s also fragrance-free, so sensitive skin types don’t need to worry about irritation.
Best For: Thirsty Skin
Hyaluronic acid is the multivitamin of skin-care ingredients—every single one of us can use it. Whether you deal with dry skin or just want a little more nourishment, Dr. Schlessinger says this serum “instantly hydrates skin ad provides long-term anti-aging benefits.”
Best For: Tackling Dark Spots
Sunspots and hyperpigmentation are some of the most stubborn skin conditions, but this potent antioxidant serum will get your skin on the road to recovery. Its 20-percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid protects skin against free-radical damage while lightening existing spots, so you’ll have bright skin now and later.
Best For: Skin Rejuvenation
“Cellular Anti-Aging Peptide Serum is great for all skin types and contains an incredible array of actives, including peptides and hyaluronic acid,” says Dr. Schlessinger. This serum addresses skin aging head on with a formula that works to promote more youthful-looking skin. It’s formulated for all skin types, so anyone who needs a boost of anti-aging can safely add it to their routine.
Best For: Overall Anti-Aging
This potent serum uses growth factors and peptides to rejuvenate aging skin. It’s been proven to show results in just six days, and yes, that means less noticeable fine lines in less than a week.
Best For: Hormonally Challenged Skin
“No other company offers such a novel and innovative approach to female skin rejuvenation,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “Emepelle provides an excellent non-hormonal answer to Estrogen Deficient Skin with this advanced serum.” This highly targeted serum is a must-add for women nearing or past menopause.
Emepelle Serum ($175)
Best For: Rough Skin
This dermatologist-developed Intense Defense Serum is a veritable alphabet soup of powerful ingredients, with its potent combination of vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Together with botanical extracts, the serum works to soften skin texture and firm fine lines.
Best For: Damaged Skin
“This serum provides great anti-aging benefits, but it even addresses conditions like rosacea, cystic acne and certain forms of dermatitis,” says Dr. Schlessinger. It pairs retinol with vitamin C for a double-dose of protection.