We all have those days where we hit the point of no-dry-skin-return. It may be from frolicking a little too much at the beach, or from putting your skin through Narnia-cold air conditioning. Either way, when your skin’s being stripped of excessive moisture, it’s going to feel taut, parched, and sometimes flaky.
You’ll realise that your makeup might go on patchy, or might not last as long as it should. That’s likely because your skin’s dehydrated. And when moisturisers don’t seem to be able to quench that thirst, it’s time you incorporated a hydrating serum in your skincare routine.
Packed with all sorts of hydrating ingredients (a main player being hyaluronic acid), serums are great as an extra layer of nourishment before you slather on your moisturiser. Think of it as that extra glass of water your body needs – these work the same for your skin.
Ahead, our favourite hydrating serums:
Three forms of hyaluronic acids in this supercharged serum, alongside skin-quenching antioxidants, peptides and stem cells – all designed to intensely hydrate and repair dehydrated skin. The serum is lightweight, and melts right into your skin, making it a good daytime add-on before your moisturiser.
This gel-serum works well on people with oily-combination skin because of how lightweight and quickly it absorbs into the skin. It delivers intense hydration to parched skin, soothing any tautness or discomfort. With frequent use, it also aids in collagen production that helps to soften the look of fine lines.
Formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide, the serum helps to steadily deliver hydration to your skin throughout the day – especially when your skin starts feeling dry as the day goes by. The serum also contains lentil, apple and watermelon complex that helps diminish dryness and appearance of fine lines.
If you find your skin feeling tight or parched – especially in the morning – use this serum to prep your skin before makeup application. Its viscous yet lightweight texture feels especially refreshing.
What makes this hydrating serum so effectiveness is the innovation behind its formulation. The product enhances the skin’s water retention abilities by increasing its water reserves. Yeast extracts of blue agave from Mexico and Carob seeds increases the quantity of hyaluronic acid in our skin’s epidermis, which replenishes hydration and promotes suppleness.