In case you didn’t get the memo, anti-ageing is getting more preventive than corrective. That’s why you should start piling on the antioxidants once you hit your 20s. And because you’ll have a different need for each stage of your life and skin concern, we’ve tested dozens of serums to come up with this list.
Click through to check out which ones we’ve picked.
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Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive Serum, $120
Lightweight, easily absorbed and highly soothing, this is an anti-ageing and repairing serum that even very reactive skin can use. It makes skin noticeably firmer, with less-pronounced lines, and leaves a silky-smooth film that helps makeup go on better.
MDNA Skin The Serum, $240-$370
Packed with a blend of hydrators, this milky lotion-like serum revitalises and brightens tired, dull and sensitive skin. The citrus scent boosts its uplifting effect.
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum, $265
Skin instantly laps up this rich serum so it feels softer and stays hydrated. The slightly medicinal scent also has a de-stressing effect.
Cle de Peau Beaute Firming Serum Supreme, $440
La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir, $1,890
Luxuriously rich, this coddles skin and leaves it more resilient, smoother, softer and lifted.
Astalift In-focus Cellactive Serum, $222
The silky serum does take a couple of minutes to settle into the skin, but it leaves your complexion supple and glowing.
Skin Inc Serum-infused Night Oil, $98
Acts as a protective barrier to seal in all the skincare you apply just before it – great for extremely dry skin.
Laneige Time Freeze Essence EX, $90
With hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient, it plumps and smooths skin so fine lines and pores become less obvious. Its satiny finish also primes skin for makeup, enabling foundation to glide on easily.
Kiehl’s Powerful-strength Line-reducing Concentrate 12.5%, $105
This delivers improvements in skin texture by reducing fine lines and softening rough, dry patches. And it has a slight mattifying effect. Those with highly sensitive skin, however, need to be careful as it is high in pure vitamin C.
L’Oreal Revitalift Centella Micro-Essence, $35.90
Light and watery with a silky texture that glides nicely over skin, this moisturises, softens and enables makeup to sit better.
Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Freshshot, $52
Refreshes skin, making it look brighter, with a more refined texture.
Eversoft Skinz Youth Recall Mushroom Collagen Ampoule, $49.90
Reduces the look of fine lines and lends the skin a soft, natural glow. It leaves a light moisturising film, but isn’t sticky.
Eucerin Hyaluron-filler Concentrate, $69
Reduces the severity of nasolabial lines. And the small vials it comes in are handy to carry around for moisture boosts during the day.