The Best Facial Serums for Every Skin Concern

by Andrea Jordan
Mar 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Best Facial Serums for Every Skin Type:
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Skin care experts are constantly persuading us to add another step or product to our routine, and sometimes we gotta wonder if the additional formula actually makes a difference. Well, serums are one of those additions that are actually editor-approved and even dermatologist-recommended to adopt as a staple step in your daily regimen.

What is a serum, you ask? Serums are typically lighter weight than a moisturizer and can quickly deliver a higher concentration of active ingredients into the skin. “Serums are mostly water-based lightweight moisturizers with potent active ingredients that are small in size and can penetrate deep into the skin,” says NYC dermatologist and owner of Sadick Dermatology, Dr. Neil Sadick.

“If you find that despite your daily routine, your skin still needs some nourishment, it’s time to consider adding a serum to your regimen.” Ahead, we’ve gathered 20 top-selling serums at every price point that will tackle the most common skin concerns with just a few drops.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /20: For Dry Skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum
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1/20 :For Dry Skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum

For parched, dry skin, this serum delivers moisture with hyaluronic acid, a powerhouse ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum, $15 at Target

2 /20: For Dry Skin: Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Skin Revitalizer

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Skin Revitalizer

2/20 :For Dry Skin: Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Skin Revitalizer

A mega-moisturizing duo, sodium hyaluronate and glycerin, work to increase and maintain moisture levels within your skin.

Hydra-Therapy Skin Revitalizer, $90 at Erno Laszlo

3 /20: For Acne: Clinique Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum

Clinique Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum
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3/20 :For Acne: Clinique Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum

When those pesky teenage breakouts continue to appear in your adult years, this oil-free formula will not only tackle those annoying blemishes but also address the fine lines and wrinkles that show up as we start adulting.

Clinique Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum, $45 at Sephora

4 /20: For Acne: Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum

Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum
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4/20 :For Acne: Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum

Whether it’s acne or a hormonal blemish, those unwanted bumps can easily get inflamed and leave a scar. This potent serum, delivered with a roller ball applicator, not only treats the bumps themselves but helps smooth out scars that can be left behind.

D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum, $48 at Kate Somerville

5 /20: For Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation: L’Oréal Youth Code Serum Corrector

L’Oréal Youth Code Serum Corrector
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5/20 :For Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation: L’Oréal Youth Code Serum Corrector

From post-acne scars to age spots and sun damage, visible hyperpigmentation is a top skin concern among skin care consumers. This serum acts as a brightener to heal and diminish the appearance of marks left behind. 

L’Oréal Youth Code Serum Corrector, $45 at Target

6 /20: For Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation: Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum
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6/20 :For Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation: Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum

Vitamin C does more than strengthen our immune systems. It’s a natural brightener that can powerfully transform spotted skin into an even-toned complexion. This potent potion is loaded with 20 percent vitamin C and a blend of vitamin E and ferulic acid to improve your skin's texture and tone.

Potent-C Power Serum, $95 at Peter Thomas Roth

7 /20: For Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation: SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense
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7/20 :For Dark Spots/Hyperpigmentation: SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense

The combo of correcting acids and vitamins help reduce the appearance of inflammation and brown spots caused by a buildup of melanin in one concentrated area. 

Discoloration Defense, $98 at SkinCeuticals

8 /20: For Enlarged Pores/Oily Skin: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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8/20 :For Enlarged Pores/Oily Skin: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, and zinc help balance sebum levels and minimize the appearance of pores.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, $6 at The Ordinary

9 /20: For Enlarged Pores/Oily Skin: Sisley Paris Global Perfect Pore Minimizer

Sisley Paris Global Perfect Pore Minimizer
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9/20 :For Enlarged Pores/Oily Skin: Sisley Paris Global Perfect Pore Minimizer

A mattifying and smoothing serum infused with java tea extract to smooth and balance your complexion.

Global Perfect Pore Minimizer, $215 at Sisley Paris

10 /20: For Aging Skin: Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum
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10/20 :For Aging Skin: Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum

A coveted skin care favorite, this moisturizing serum plumps, hydrates and improves skin's texture while delivering active ingredients below the skin's surface.  

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, $24 at Ulta

11 /20: For Aging Skin: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
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11/20 :For Aging Skin: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Two serums in one, this unique formula combines plant extracts that are both water- and oil-soluble and superfood ingredient turmeric to help erase years of aging.

Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, $89 at Clarins

12 /20: For Aging Skin: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
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12/20 :For Aging Skin: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

A dermatologist favorite, this highly effective serum is infused with shea butter, olive oil, hyaluronic acid and green tea to reduce and slow down signs of aging on your face, neck and decollete.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, $320 at Dermstore

13 /20: For Sun-Damaged Skin: Bare Republic Daily Recovery Serum

Bare Republic Daily Recovery Serum
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13/20 :For Sun-Damaged Skin: Bare Republic Daily Recovery Serum

After a day in the sun, lather on this serum, infused with oat milk and manuka honey, to calm and soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

Daily Recovery Serum, $11.99 at Bare Republic

14 /20: For Sun-Damaged Skin: Laurel Sun Damage Repair

Laurel Sun Damage Repair
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14/20 :For Sun-Damaged Skin: Laurel Sun Damage Repair

Inspired by historical plant traditions, this 100 percent whole-plant organic serum uses nature’s own ingredients to soothe and repair skin from UV ray-caused damage.

Sun Damage Repair, $88 at Laurel Skin

15 /20: For Overall Repair: Bioeffect EGF Serum

Bioeffect EGF Serum
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15/20 :For Overall Repair: Bioeffect EGF Serum

If you don’t have a specific skin concern but aim to improve your overall complexion, this serum is a great buy. It addresses aging, hydration, texture and tone to enhance skin's natural appearance.

EGF Serum, $160 at Bioeffect

16 /20: For Overall Repair: iS Clinical Genexc Serum

iS Clinical Genexc Serum
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16/20 :For Overall Repair: iS Clinical Genexc Serum

Healthy skin is a goal for most of us, and this serum combines enzymes, antioxidants and fruit acids to not only reduce signs of stress and aging but enhance your glow from within.

iS Clinical Genexc Serum, $170 at Amazon

17 /20: For Dull Skin: No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum

No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum
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17/20 :For Dull Skin: No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum

Sure, we use highlighter to enhance our glow, but there’s nothing more radiant than a healthy, glowing complexion. A blend of ginseng and vitamin C help to clear and revitalize your complexion while protecting against free radicals and pollution.

No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum, $25 at Walgreens

18 /20: For Dull Skin: Nerium IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield

Nerium IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield
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18/20 :For Dull Skin: Nerium IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield

Created to add a boost to your daily skin care routine, this serum can be mixed with your daily moisturizer or foundation to plump and illuminate skin.

IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield, $80 at Nerium

19 /20: For Redness: First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum
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19/20 :For Redness: First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum

Whether your redness comes from temporary irritation or a long-term skin condition, this serum combines colloidal sulfur, aloe and ginger to target the root cause of red patches and calm any irritations.   

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum, $36 at Sephora

20 /20: For Redness: Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother

Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother
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20/20 :For Redness: Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother

Infused with natural peptides from cotton, this luxurious formula reduces irritation and inflamed skin.  

Capture Youth Redness Soother, $95 at Dior