Growing up, I have always heard serum, serum, serum. It has to be a part of your skincare routine. There are different types of serums. Anti-aging skin care products, such as moisturizers and serums, will never be able to stop you from aging. However, skin care with active ingredients, such as retinol and hyaluronic acid, will slow down signs of aging and improve your skin’s appearance. Some think you really aren’t supposed to start using anti-aging products until you are in your 50s, but that is not true. It is your 20s and 30s. So my mother was right once again when she told me to start using eye creme in my 20s….(and of course, I didn’t listen.)
In any case, serums are most effective if used twice a day (morning and evening). I use mine only in the evening. You’ll want to start your skincare routine by cleansing and toning your skin. Then, you will apply the serum of your choice (my favorites are below) and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Here are my top recommendations for anti-aging serum. These are all at different price points. Do you have a favorite?
La Roche-Possay Hyalu B5 Serum
One of my favorites is the La Roche-Possay Hyalu B5 Serum which contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, both mild active ingredients. This anti-wrinkle concentrate can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by way of hydration.
While it has hydrating actives, it also has some buffers to make the impact gentle on sensitive skin. Also, since it’s a hydrating serum, it’s quite lightweight and absorbs readily. And it doesn’t hurt that the brand is trusted by dermatologists.
Glossier Super Bounce
I’ve been a fan of Glossier for some time now and for those with sensitive skin, I recommend the Super Bounce serum with 2 percent hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. While it doesn’t contain retinol or peptides, the common ingredients for anti-aging systems, it does offer some anti-aging effects by way of hydration.
It will keep your skin soft, supple, and well-soothed.! Plus, it’s cruelty-free!
Skinceuticals Serum 10 AOX+
If retinol irritates your skin, the Skinceuticals may just be the right choice for you. It’s actually a daytime serum containing vitamin C that not only provides anti-aging benefits but also prevents environmental damage.
Yes, I know, even vitamin C serums can be irritating for sensitive skin, but this formula has been designed for extra-sensitive skin, in particular. It also contains ferulic acid.
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum
Drugstore brands like Olay and CeraVe have come a long way, and many of their products work. This Regenerating Serum by Olay is an economical solution for those wrinkles and fine lines. It contains peptides, which are well-known for boosting collagen production. But it also has hydrating ingredients that don’t leave your skin dry because of peptides.
What I love about this serum most is how well it absorbs. You can even wear it before applying makeup.
Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum
If you want to use retinol to treat aging signs on your face and you have sensitive skin, I recommend Dr. Dennis Gross’s retinol serum. Because it also contains ferulic acid, which is an antioxidant, the irritant impact of retinol is minimized. It does its job of reducing wrinkles without causing redness or dryness.
While retinol can traditionally take weeks or even months to show results, this one works a tad bit quicker.
So these are the five serums you can trust for sensitive skin. You should use one that meets your skin needs and budget. Make sure to apply moisturizer post serum, as that also helps prevent irritation.