You know you need a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and exfoliator in your skin care routine, but if you want your skin to look as good as possible, you also need a serum. Applied to your face after toner and before moisturizer, serums are lightweight products that penetrate deeper into your skin than the rest of your products do. Because they maximize the effectiveness of the ingredients, serums can be the costliest part of your skin care routine. However, these six are worth every penny.
1. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum works overnight to improve your skin. The formula consists of a 12% glycolic solution, which increases collagen production. The T.L.C. Framboos gets rid of dead skin cells, which ultimately helps all the products you use to absorb better. You can expect to see less oiliness, wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. Now that’s something you (and maybe an elephant) can drink to.
2. SkinMedica TNS Serum
When a doctor recommends a skin care product, you know it has to be good. According to Dr. Sheila Nazarian, if you are a man of a certain age, you need SkinMedica’s TNS Serum because it has “122 growth factors in it and [is] great for skin over 45 years old.” Because of the cost, Dr. Nazarian says she does “save that recommendation for more aged skin.” But don’t just take Dr. Nazarian’s word for it — SkinMedica’s research shows how effective its products really are. According to a 2010 study, 92% of the participants who used TNS Serum reported their skin as looking healthier and more youthful. Don’t you want to be part of the 92%?
3. ESPA Lift and Firm Intensive Eye Serum
ESPA’s Lift and Firm Intensive Eye Serum is for your eyes only. An under eye serum is integral to your grooming routine because the under eye area is so sensitive and can really show signs of aging. This product contains microalgae and Cyatheaceae fern tree to stimulate fresh cell renewal, as well as lift and firm the under eye area. Another important ingredient is golden root, which instantly brightens and de-puffs.
4. Brooklyn Grooming Pilgrim’s Facial Serum
If you are looking for a serum to balance out your skin, look no further than Brooklyn Grooming’s Pilgrim’s Facial Serum. It feels light and absorbs quickly. Formulated with vitamin E, jojoba, argan, pumpkin seed, and kukui nut oils, it is good for all skin types, even oily skin. Using serum over time can actually help your skin to produce less oil over time. Made from mostly organic and vegan ingredients, all Brooklyn Grooming products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York.
5. No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Serum
Most serums don’t come cheap, but Boots’s No7 Men has found a way to a make a product that both delivers and is affordable. No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Serum is backed by the “Good Housekeeping” seal. This means that scientists at the Good Housekeeping Institute researched this product and found that the claims on the label are actually true. Applied day and night, this serum makes your skin more elastic and stronger and your wrinkles less visible.
6. Aēsop Men Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum
Serums can also be used in very specialized ways. Aēsop Men Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum is formulated to use when you are shaving. This product is designed to replace your regular beard oil or to use instead of a typical shaving cream. With its botanical based formula, it has a “maximum slip texture” to help you get the perfect shave. The botanicals calm your skin, which is essential for skin irritation after shaving.