The best serums for common skin problems

I love serums. I love how light they feel, how they penetrate the epidermis better than creams, and how they work harder than any other skincare product out there. If you’re going to add only one product to your skincare routine, I would highly recommend it be a serum. These are some of my favourites:

For hydration

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum. Part of my K-Beauty skincare routine in both day and night, this serum is super hydrating yet you can wear makeup over top. I also like La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Serum and Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier.

To brighten

If your skin looks dull or uneven, a vitamin C serum can do wonders. Dermalogica’s Bio-Lumin C serum is stable serum (instability is big problem with many vitamin C serums and causes them to be ineffective), you only need a little and it really works.

To reduce fine lines

Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis level, so it helps reduce fine lines and even wrinkles. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that helps with cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. It also helps with blemishes.

If you’re just starting out, try NeoStrata 03.% Retinol Night Serum a few times a week. Once you’ve worked your way up to nightly use and you’re not seeing results, you can move on to 0.5% or 1%.

You can also use a glycolic acid serum, which is an AHA, which sloughs off the top layer of dead skin cells and help speed up cell turn over (which then reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). The Ordinary makes an inexpensive glycolic acid serum.