These lightweight anti-aging formulas are full of the ingredients you need to keep skin looking young and refreshed.
No offense to moisturizer, but serum is the real workhorse of any skin-care routine. Since serums tend to be more lightweight than hydrating creams, they’re able to penetrate more deeply into skin, delivering active ingredients along the way. Read on for those formulas our editors can’t live without.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum
"Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum is so deeply moisturizing – especially when used with her moisturizer afterwards. It absorbs quickly, and I love the way it feels on my skin. Plus the scent is amazing, so the pleasure factor is definitely there!” —Joanna Bober, Lifestyle Director
Shiseido Future Solution Rejuvenating Serum
"I’ve been testing Shiseido’s Future Solution LX Ultimate Regenerating Serum for a few weeks and am duly impressed. Although it’s meant for evening use—when your skin naturally kicks into repair mode—I use it in the morning, too, because I adore the fresh, invigorating scent. I also love the lightweight texture, which is ideal for cocktailing with other products (I mix it with a CC cream for color with benefits). And by using this green-tea-packed serum, I’m helping to slow the appearance of dark spots on my complexion." —Didi Gluck, Contributor
Sunday Riley Luna Oil
"Lately, I’ve been loving Sunday Riley’s Luna face oil. I like using retinol on my skin, as it simultaneously combats breakouts and caters to the Dorian Grey-esque attitude I take toward preventing signs of aging. While many retinol-based formulas leave my skin irritated and dry, this one is the exception thanks to the soothing oil base and the infusion of blue tansy and German chamomile, which help to calm skin. It’s pretty potent stuff, so when I first started using it I’d apply a small amount once or twice a week, then I dialed up the intensity to a few drops every night.” —Marianne Mychaskiw, Associate Beauty Editor
Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum
"I’m obsessed with SkinMedica TNS. It sends out two separate peptide- and antioxidant-infused serums in a dual chamber. My skin is noticeably brighter, more even and smoother when I use it consistently.” —Selene Milano, Senior Beauty Editor
Dr. Brandt Power Dose C
"This serum contains a whopping 20 percent vitamin C, which helps protect collagen and brightens dark spots. I like to mix a couple of drops into my sunscreen to get even more protection from damaging rays.” —Sheryl George, Beauty Editor