These 5 Dermatologist-Approved Serums Promise Brighter, Better Skin
The hero product in that mix: a supercharged serum, which manages to strike a balance between lightweight texture and heavy-hitting ingredients, ranging from antioxidants to hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid. With an ever-expanding crowd of formulas on the shelves, the question isn’t a matter of whether or not; it’s a question of which.
Fortunately, the doctor is on call—in this case, five of them—to lend some expert opinions on what the skin needs most, whether it’s the barrier-replenishing ceramides in Elizabeth Arden’s Youth Restoring Serum or the brightening vitamin C in a SkinCeuticals cult favorite. Here, some of the best (and busiest) dermatologists in New York open up their black book of beauty secrets for keeping skin on track this season.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum, $110
“My favorite serum is Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum. It adds another amazing layer of hydration while delivering active antioxidants to my skin. It feels great and works well with my moisturizer and sunscreen.” —Amy Wechsler, MD
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $80
“My current obsession is Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, due to its potent mix of vitamin C, peptides, ferulic acid, and vitamin E, which all work to help brighten, tighten, and protect. I apply it right after the shower when my skin is damp and therefore absorbs it readily. Within just a few weeks of daily applications, it has evened out my skin tone and left it glowing—minus the use of any makeup highlighters.” —Shereene Idriss, MD
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic,
“I really like antioxidant-rich SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. It’s a daytime vitamin C serum that provides some [off-label] SPF but also helps undo sun damage like discoloration.”
—Anne Chapas, MD
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules
Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $78
“Ceramides restore the skin barrier by holding the cells together in tight junctions to one another. They help lock in the moisture and act as a [block] against pollution, bacteria, and other assailants. As we age, the ceramide levels in our skin start to drop by 40 percent in our 30s—and by 60 percent in our 40s. In order to restore hydration, reach for a serum that also protects that [outer layer].” —Dendy Engelman, MD
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