It’s the most potent step in a skincare routine (apply after cleansing, before moisturizing). These six serums fix fine lines, acne, and more. 

By Lisa DeSantis
September 06, 2019
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Best Vitamin C Serum: Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C Serum

Brighten your complexion over time with this potent Vitamin C serum that boosts skin's appearance without the use of harsh sulfates, parabens or phthalates.

To buy: $150;


Best Acne Treatment Serum: The Ordinary Serum Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Don’t let the bargain price tag fool you. This serum exfoliates pores to help heal existing zits and stave off future ones. Spot-treat or apply all over for clearer skin.

To buy: $6;


Best Anti-Aging Serum: Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum

Yes, it costs an arm and a leg, but this line-softening, skin-brightening serum was developed with the help of Harvard scientists over the course of five years. The powerful combo of betaine (an anti-inflammatory plant extract) and the company’s Vine Resveratrol (a firming ingredient from grapevine stalks) helps increase collagen production, resulting in a refreshed complexion.

To buy: $150;


Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Skin Inc Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Dry, dehydrated skin will drink this hyaluronic acid gel right up, plumping your complexion. Wear alone or add a drop to moisturizer when your skin is extra thirsty.

To buy: $35;


Best Brightening Serum: SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense

If brown spots bug you, try this triple-acid and enzyme cocktail, which helps break up melanin clusters so skin looks even. It works on acne scars too.

To buy: $98;


Best Antioxidant Serum: Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum

Derms agree that the best way to prevent brown spots and broken blood vessels is to layer an antioxidant under your SPF in the a.m. With 15 percent stabilized vitamin C, this one is a smart choice.

To buy: $28.50;