While moisturizers create a barrier over skin, protecting it from harsh weather or environmental aggravants, serums are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers, carrying revitalizing vitamins, nutrients, and moisture replenishing ingredients. Serums can make a big difference in a skincare routine, upping the effectiveness of age-defying components like hyaluronic acids and retinoids, moisturizing ceramides, and brightening ingredients like vitamin c. Since they’re designed to go to work beneath the skin, you can often use less than with traditional moisturizers. They are also more concentrated, so are often more expensive than a general moisturizer.
- The best for combination skin
- Rated “clean” by Sephora
- Shake before use every time
A resurfacing overnight serum with AHA/BHA and a blend of salycilic, glycolic, and three other acids, Drunk Elephant’s raspberry extract serum works as a spot treatment or full face serum, and blends well with any face oil for improved results. Reviewers rave over it, with 130 thousand “hearts” on Sephora and tons of positive reviews, like “Probably the best product I have tried in years going from Chanel to La mer and hundreds more this one I will have to buy over and over again!!! Just amazing. My skin transformed in 3 weeks…”
- Strong support from user surveys
- Works while you sleep
With one of the best user reviews on the market, and a consumer perception survey where 100% of users report skin looking more hydrated and smooth and 97% claimed a reduction in dark spots and discoloration, The Nightly retinol + peptide works hard for hours with a time-release retinoid. Their proprietary Leontopod Stem Cell™ and ECM Moduline Peptide™ formulas are the major difference between this and other serums on the market, and they claim to repair damage and boost collagen while you sleep.