How to Find the Best Anti-Aging Serum for Your Skin Type

There’s no one fountain of youth for everyone. Picking the right option is as easy as A, B, C—or, rather, vitamins A, C and E.

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Keep your complexion smooth and radiant with these powerhouse serums.Tarzine Jackson, Pexels

We’ve all had those nights, when we climb into bed after only the most perfunctory splash of water to the face. Although skipping the cleanser and moisturizer isn’t recommended, we can forgive it—but one thing you should never forsake is your serum, especially if you’re hoping to stop the hands of time. It’s serum that does the heavy skin-care lifting thanks to its multitude of active ingredients, which hydrate, lighten sun spots, reduce inflammation and more. Here’s how to pick the right one for your face.

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face, Topical Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, 1 fl oz
Naturally occurring HA hydrates so well, wrinkles will appear plumped and less prominent.TruSkin Naturals

Hyaluronic acid is a main ingredient in most anti-agers, but don’t let the “acid” scare you: this one is gentle, non-irritating and very hydrating. When you combine it with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, the result is a free-radical-fighting cocktail that reduces hyperpigmentation and signs of aging, and protects against pollution and sun damage.

Vitamin C Serum Plus 2% Retinol, 3.5% Niacinamide, 5% Hyaluronic Acid, 2% Salicylic Acid, 10% MSM, 20% Vitamin C - Skin Clearing Serum - Anti-Aging Skin Repair, Supercharged Face Serum (1 oz)
This antioxidant-packed pick not only gives back that youthful dew but also clears pores and banishes blemishes for oily folks.Eva Naturals

Niacinamide balances skin’s oil production, and natural exfoliant salicylic acid unclogs pores, so those are key if you’re looking to exile spots while you hydrate. Other notable ingredients in anti-agers include retinol (a.k.a. vitamin A), for puffiness and fine lines, and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), which reduces inflammation.

Bakuchiol, Retinol Alternative, All-in-one Skin Serum for the Face, with Squalane, Aloe Vera, Pomegranate, Lavender, 1.7 fl oz, 100% Natural Plant-based with Organic Ingredients, Eco-friendly Formula
A bouncy, jelly-like texture improves elasticity, smoothes roughness and nixes wrinkles without irritation.Phytobiol

Plant-derived Bakuchiol hydrates and softens sans the sometimes harsh side effects of its closest cousin, retinol. It also plays well with the lightweight emollient squalane, which fights free radicals to promote a hydrated, calmed complexion.