What to Consider Before Buying Anti-Aging Serum

Learn the difference between acids and how they can perk up your complexion.

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Naturally occurring HA plumps up fine lines and wrinkles.Artem Beliakin

Serums are packed with active ingredients—from hyaluronic acid to vitamin C, retinol and salicylic acid. Actives can help fight wrinkles, add moisture back to the skin, fade sun spots and reduce redness, leaving your complexion looking glowy and refreshed. Here are our anti-aging picks—and remember, to get the most out of your serum, smooth it on after cleansing, but before moisturizing.

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face, Topical Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
This antioxidant-packed pick not only gives back that youthful dew but also cleanses pores and banishes blemishes for oily folks.TruSkin

Hyaluronic acid is a main ingredient in most anti-agers, but don’t let the “acid” scare you: this one is gentle, non-irritating and very hydrating. When you combine it with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, the result is a free-radical-fighting cocktail that reduces hyperpigmentation and signs of aging, and protects against pollution and sun damage.

Vitamin C Serum Plus 2% Retinol
This antioxidant-packed pick not only gives back that youthful dew but also cleanses pores and banishes blemishes for oily folks.Eva Naturals

Niacinamide balances skin’s oil production and reduces inflammation, while salicylic acid cleanses your skin of blemish-causing buildup. Other notable ingredients in anti-agers include retinol (a.k.a. vitamin A), to calm puffiness and fine lines, and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), which reduces inflammation.

Bakuchiol, Retinol Alternative, All-in-one Skin Serum for the Face
A bouncy, jelly-like texture improves elasticity, smoothes roughness and softens wrinkles without irritation.Phytobiol

Plant-derived Bakuchiol hydrates and softens sans the sometimes harsh side effects of its closest cousin, retinol. It also plays well with the lightweight emollient squalane, which fights free radicals to promote a hydrated, calmed complexion.

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