Face serums are this summer’s hit skincare product. You have probably seen them all over social media on your favorite makeup gurus videos and posts. But the sudden addition of many new serums on the market begs the question, “which one is right for me” and “are they really that different.” So we have put together a list of some fantastic face serums to fit every budget.
Before we dive in, here is an explanation of a face serum to help you decide if you want one. Face serums contain moisturizing ingredients but what really makes them unique is their ability to deliver important nutrients to your skin. According to Into The Gloss this is because facial serums are made up of smaller molecules that are able to penetrate more deeply into the skin to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients.
These serums are popular as you do not have to use them as a moisturizer replacement. In fact, you should use the serum after cleansing your face and before applying your moisturizer. That way you get the effects of the serum and all of the regular advantages your moisturizer gives you.
So now that you know what a face serum is, let’s dive in!
20 The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% With B5 (Under 7 Dollars)
Deciem released The Ordinary skincare range as an opportunity to release the tried and trued formulas of the skincare world without adding the usual high price that these products usually come with.
They have certainly achieved that with this serum costing only $6.80 and fans raving on the internet. This serum doesn’t have any flashy added benefits, it is simply used for hydration benefits.
The unique formula contains three Hyaluronic Acid and even a Hyaluronic Acid crosspolymer which allows for deep hydration and visible plumping.
Compare this to a regular Hyaluronic Acid that just provides temporary surface hydration.
19 Yes To Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum (18 Dollars)
If you are looking to even out your skin tone on a budget then this is the serum for you. The Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum will help reduce the appearance of dark spots in as little as four weeks for just $17.99. It was even voted TotalBeauty.com’s 2014 Beauty Awards Best Dark Spot Corrector.
The formula is 99 percent natural ingredients. It contains mulberry fruit, white tea, and grapefruit. The white tea specifically helps to lighten dark spots while the grapefruit naturally evens your skin tone. And like most serums, it will also help to make your skin firmer.
18 No. 7 Beautiful Skin Pore Minimising Serum (19 Dollars)
With this serum, there’s no need to wait a couple of weeks before seeing any results. This serum from No7 helps to instantly help hide the appearance of those pesky enlarged pores. And it’s not just a quick fix, it will also continue to reduce the appearance of pores over time. And that’s not all it does. It will help remove excess oils while still moisturizing your skin.
The formula is both lightweight and nongreasy so you don’t have to worry about applying makeup and your face feeling cakey.
It also means that your skin will look great without makeup as well.
17 Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum (20 Dollars)
Burt’s Bees is known mainly for its classic lip balm made with beeswax. The brand has now expanded to include a variety beauty, skin care, and even nutrition products made out of natural ingredients.
Burt’s Bees skin care range includes this amazing serum that is made up of 98.9 percent natural ingredients. It is also made without the use of Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum or SLS. The formula includes white hibiscus and apple to lock in moisture and hydrate the skin. The serum helps to tighten the skin's surface and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles almost immediately.
16 Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance-Free (22 Dollars)
Olay is one of the more popular skin care brands on the lower side of pricing. You can find their products in various drugstores and department stores alike, making it the perfect go to when you don’t have time to order anything. And just because they are a drugstore favorite doesn’t mean they aren’t staying up to date with the latest in serums.
This formula was designed to moisturize the skin for up to 10 layers deep.
But this product offers more than just hydration. It has anti-aging ingredients that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just four weeks. And as an added bonus, this serum is fragrance-free in case your skin is irritated by pesky added fragrances.
15 Bare Republic Milk And Honey Daily Recovery Serum (12 Dollars)
Now that it’s summertime many of us will be spending a lot more time outside in the sun. We all know what damage the sun can do to our skin and to help prevent it we traditionally use sunscreen. But what about after sun exposure?
This unique serum was designed to help nourish your skin after a day out in the sun. The formula includes manuka honey, oat milk, turmeric, and aloe to perfectly combine to combat the sun's worst. A bonus points because it smells as sweet as honey, literally. And this serum isn’t just for your face, you can use it on your entire body as well.
14 Botanics Hydration Burst With Clary Sage Light Serum (13 Dollars)
The Botanics Hydration Burst with Clary Sage Light Serum is the last, but certainly not least, serum in our low price range. This serum helps restore your skin's natural barrier to help lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated for a whole 24 hours. It even works well with sensitive skin.
This is a nongreasy formula made from a blend of cary sage extract and antioxidants.
The formula is very lightweight and absorbs nicely so you don’t have to worry about feeling the product all day long.
To buy this product all you need to do is pop down to your local target.
13 Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (48 Dollars)
If we were to just tell you about a truth serum you would probably think of something out of a movie, not a skin care product. Although an age-defying serum that only costs $48 sounds a little too good to be true as well. But that’s exactly what this serum from OLEHENRIKSEN is.
The formula includes vitamin C, collagen, orange extract, green tea extract, and aloe juice. The vitamin C is crucial as it contains antioxidant properties and helps to boost the effects of collagen. This serum will soften and nourish skin while helping to brighten the skin and fight visible signs of aging.
12 Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum (54 Dollars)
This next serum is certainly the most unique one on our list. This serum from Coola will not just nourish your skin but it will also give you that perfect sun-kissed glow. Yes, you read that right!
This product has a gradual self-tanner that can create a nice subtle tan with just a couple uses.
The formula contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell, and Chlorella Vulgaris extract. These ingredients work together to smooth and hydrate the skin while also helping to reduce signs of aging. It will also replenish your skin with vitamins and minerals.
11 Priyana MD HylaSilk (55 Dollars)
What better way to kick off our next price range than with a brand that believes in the use of both natural methods and science. The formula includes green tea, hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamins, and amino acids. The amino acids and peptides are that of what is usually found in more expensive products.
This primer has multiple benefits to it other than just hydration. For starters, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to firm up the skin. It also helps to minimize large pores. In addition, the formula will reduce the look of shine and oils on your face.
10 Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum (55 Dollars)
Next, we have a serum that is so good it was featured in the 2016 Star Beauty Awards. This serum from Fresh was designed to improve the entirety of your skin care routine instead of just reaping the rewards from one product.
The serum will leave your skin hydrated for a whole 24 hours and leave your complexion glowing.
The serum contains Porphyridium cruentum which is an algae that helps to deliver moisture to the skin. The angelica leaf extract and hyaluronic acid help to retain this moisture. The rosewater and cucumber help to soothe while the rose flower oil helps to nourish.
9 Replenix All-Trans-Retinol Smoothing Serum 2X (58 Dollars)
If you are looking for a good serum but are concerned that it will irritate your sensitive skin? Then we have just the product for you. The Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 2x was designed with sensitive skin types in mind.
Your skin will still be as nourished and smooth with gentle formula as any other quality serum. The main ingredients of this serum are retinol (Vitamin A), caffeine, and green tea polyphenols. The retinol specifically works to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. The caffeine and green tea are both natural ingredients that help to nourish the skin.
8 Lancome Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum (78 Dollars)
Lancome is a classic brand for all sorts of beauty products ranging from makeup to skin care. They have come up with a truly unique bottle for this product.
The bottle comes with a booster cap filled with antioxidants and when you are ready to first use the serum you release the antioxidants and mix the product to freshly activate the product.
The formula contains ferulic acid, vitamin E, and centella asiatica. The serum works to fight against natural environmental factors that can cause damage to your skin. It instantly soothes discomfort such as discomfort and irritation due to dryness.
7 Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (85 Dollars)
If you need an immediate fix to your uneven skin tone problem then this next serum is just for you. The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum was designed with fast movers in mind. The formula is highly potent and fast absorbing to give you those seemingly instant results.
The serum is 15 percent THD ascorbate. This is an ultra stable and advanced form of vitamin C. This will rapidly work to brighten your skin's appearance and fight dark spots and other discolorations. Other ingredients will help to reduce redness, reinforce moisture, and minimize the look of pores.
6 Derm Institute Antioxidant Hydration Serum (120 Dollars)
Our next serum is from Derm Institute where they combine DNA and stem cell technology with therapeutic herbs to create amazing products. Their Antioxidant Hydration Serum even won the 2012 Bazaar Anti Aging Award.
This serum has an advanced moisture complex to hydrate sensitive and irritated skin.
Another key ingredient is the ceramide complex which helps to improve the skin's natural barrier and plump tiny lines. The formula also contains rich antioxidants and vitamins to help restore your skin after being exposed to harsh variables such as the sun, pollution, and diet. The serum even contains nano gold technology.
5 Skinceuticals Resveratrol B E (152 Dollars)
Our next serum is from another brand that creates products backed up by science. This serum is meant to be used at night as it was created with the skin's natural cycle in mind. At night your skin goes into recovery mode to repair damage and build up protection for the future. Over time your skin's ability to do this decreases causing signs of aging. This serum works to help boost this natural function of your skin.
The main ingredient, resveratrol, has gained a reputation as the “longevity molecule.” This is because of its potential in anti-aging properties. This is why the formula is perfect to help combat your skin's natural urge to slow down restoration.
4 Colbert MD Stimulate The Serum (160 Dollars)
This serum was specially formulated by Dr. David Colbert. Dr. Colbert is the head physician of New York Dermatology Group and even worked as a dermatological research consultant for Chanel before starting in private practice.
This serum does more than just sit on the surface.
It promotes new collagen production far below the surface.
The serum uses a unique Triad Delivery System to achieve the regeneration of new and healthier skin. The formula includes glycolic acid to improve the quality of the existing and new skin cells. The serum also contains an herb, gotu kola, that helps to start the creation of the collagen.
3 Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum (162 Dollars)
This serum from Elizabeth Arden has won several beauty awards over time. They even claim that this the best solution to the effects of aging that the brand offers, which is saying something for such a well-known beauty company.
The serums purpose is to improve the look of skin damaged by environmental factors while also working to prevent any future signs of aging. The key to the success of this serum, idebenone. Idebenone is a powerful antioxidant that has been tested against the Environmental Protection Factor (EPF) protocol. It scored an amazing 95 out of 100 to show how much protection it provides against environmental factors.
2 La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (205 Dollars)
The Revitalizing Hydration Serum from La Mer does exactly what it sounds like. This serum provides hydration inspired straight from the source.
This product was formulated with ingredients from the sea itself, such as algae and plankton extract, to provide the same intense hydration as water.
The serum was formulated with a miracle broth, deep hydration ferment, youth activating ferment, and without the use of parabens to give you your most radiant and moisturized complexion yet. This product works quickly to provide you with the hydration your skin craves. And although it is intensely hydrating it is still a lightweight formula.
1 Kane NY Serum Savant (250 Dollars)
The last serum comes from the mind of a plastic surgeon himself. Dr. Michael Kane created Kane NY to make skin care products that achieved actual results instead of just making your skin feel good. He believes that as a plastic surgeon he has a unique perspective over a dermatologist because he will create products focused on the faces dimensions.
Dr. Kane created Serum Savant because he wanted to get the same effects he got at his office for a home client. He wanted to use what he knew about how fillers and injections work to convert that to a serum. Regular use of the serum results in improvements in visual youth, contour, and radiance.