If you deal with regular, stubborn breakouts, focusing on prevention is the name of the game. Ward off future flare-ups and address current blemishes by keeping your pores clear while gradually brightening any marks from your skin’s history. Paula’s Choice Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier does all this and more.
“Many of my adult female patients with acne also suffer from dryness,” says Zeichner. “Plus, many acne medications can dry out the skin — a light, hydrating serum can be useful even if you have acne. Neutrogena Hydroboost Serum delivers hyaluronic acid to the skin to draw in water to hydrate and plump the outer skin layer.”
“A high concentration of natural salicylic acid, grape seed polyphenols, and organic essential oils, give this product the power to unclog blackheads and remove excess oil,” says Howe. (P.S. We love the Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum so much, it took home a 2018 Best of Beauty Award.)
In addition to just being plain chic, Kypris’s Clearing Serum helps curb oiliness and gently treat breakouts, thanks to ingredients like lilac leaf stem cells, zinc, and quinoa.
Got combination skin? Look for a serum that will do it all — and then some. “Texture Reform is a true multitasker,” Darden says of the Shani Darden Texture Reform from her eponymous range.
“It boosts collagen in the skin, minimizes fine lines, and wrinkles, reduces hyperpigmentation, and smooths the texture of the skin.” We can confirm this to be true, as the serum is one of our skin-care editor Sarah Kinonen’s favorites.
“[People with dry skin should] look for serums that are for sensitive skin and have hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and squalene,” says New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, who recommends SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator to patients.
“It has a gel-like consistency and five different types of hyaluronic acids, plus a SkinMedica proprietary ingredient for sustained hydration throughout the day.”
Shea butter and jojoba oil are some of the best natural ingredients to help soothe and nourish dry, dehydrated skin. You’ll find both (plus omega fatty acids, hence the name) in the Paula’s Choice Resist Omega+ Complex Serum.
Laced with sodium hyaluronate (a salt form of hyaluronic acid that has a smaller molecular weight) and pineapple-derived ceramides, Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is a must for anyone in need of a little (or rather, a lot of) hydration nation.
“It contains vitamin B5, as well as a watermelon rind/lentil/apple complex, which combine to deeply hydrate and soothe agitated skin,” Howe explains.
Yes, it’s pricey — but it has Los Angeles-based aesthetician Shani Darden’s stamp of approval for good reason. “This is an amazing hyaluronic acid serum that plumps the skin through use of plant stem cells and marine peptides,” she says. “Anyone can benefit from this, but those with dry or mature skin will really love it.”
1,000 unique sizes of hyaluronic acid make the potion inside this glass jar the ultimate dry-skin saving addition to any vanity.
Originally created for exclusive use at the The Ritz Carlton Paris Spa, this rich yet somehow lightweight body oil lets you, quite literally, bring the spa home.
A bouquet of glow-boosting rose flower powder, rose petals, chemical and physical exfoliants and natural oils combine in the latest addition to the famed aluminum-housed lineup.