Here’s Why You Really Need to Be Using a Serum
Because hangover skin is a thing
So you swear by your daily moisturizer, but if something needs special attention, like redness, wrinkles or enlarged pores, it’s time to call in the big guns: serums.
A few drops of these nutrient-rich elixirs--after washing and exfoliating--can do a whole lotta magic. You’ll notice a major difference after a couple weeks (sometimes even the next day). Here are our recommendations for the best serums for whatever your dermatological woe.
You know that dry, thin-skinned feeling after a night out? That’s acute dehydration. But the lavender-scented Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehl’s earned its nickname “Hangover Cure in a Bottle” for good reason: a few drops before bed and you’ll forget that table dance ever happened.
Collagen, the stuff that keeps your skin pretty and plump, starts breaking down at age 24. But no need to freak out about firmness--a grape extract in Caudalíe Resveratrol Lift Firming Serum, instantly tightens your skin while hyaluronic acid jump-starts collagen production. Now you can at least go back to telling people you’re 24.
Maybe you’ve had a peel, a deep-cleaning facial or, shhh, a little botox. For post-op soothing, apply La Mer’s The Concentrate; its kelp formula is specially blended to reduce redness.
La Mer ($340)
Reduce Sun Damage
Want to fade those too-much-fun-in-the-sun brown spots (when will we learn)? You need topical vitamin C, the active ingredient in Sonage High Impact Vitamin C Serum.
Lack of sleep and poor nutrition can result in rough skin. So if you’re running on fumes, consider Ageloc Future Serum to up your pore game and fool the world into believing that you’re taking care of yourself. But for real, a few more z’s never hurt anyone.
Nu Skin ($206)
Catch little furrows in your brow and around your lips before they become grooved. Advanced Night Repair is an oil-free formula that just needs a few drops to smooth out any imperfections.
Estee Lauder ($62)