What to Consider Before Buying Anti-Aging Serum

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

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.

Hydration Surge

This antioxidant-packed pick not only gives back that youthful dew but also cleanses pores and banishes blemishes for oily folks. TruSkin

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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.

For Oily Complexions

This antioxidant-packed pick not only gives back that youthful dew but also cleanses pores and banishes blemishes for oily folks. Eva Naturals

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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.

Power in Numbers

This cruelty-free trio lets you dip your toe in top ingredients known to reverse the clock. Flawless. Younger. Perfect.

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You should be wearing sunscreen every day, no matter what, but applying SPF becomes even more crucial when you incorporate retinol or vitamin C into your skincare routine. Both can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, which is why it’s also recommended to apply products with those ingredients at night.

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Wears Under Makeup

Some products pill under foundation, but not this ultra-lightweight gel formula. Plus, it’s free of parabens, dyes, fragrance and mineral oil. L’Oreal Paris

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Potent Blend

A confluence of ingredients and features helps this to further penetrate the skin. Belei

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