After months of harsh winter weather, it’s a safe bet that your skin is looking a little worse for the wear—and it’s likely starving for nutrients that your standard wash-and-moisturize routine isn’t delivering.
Enter face serums. The super potent plant-based elixirs take your beauty ritual routine up a notch, with a twist of healthy ingredients like antioxidants to smooth wrinkles and boost radiance, caffeine to even tone, and Roman chamomile to soothe irritation and inflammation.
Let your clean skin soak up one of these seven new serums (listed alphabetically) regularly before applying a face oil or moisturizer, and your complexion will feel like it got a spring reboot of its own. —Well+Good Editors
Half the battle against breakouts? Calming the the inflammation caused by the pimple (the redness, the puffiness!). It’s just as important as decongesting the blocked pore, says Jillian Wright, a top New York City facialist and the founder of her own powerful, natural line. This serum does both of those things—and yet it’s safe to use all over your face, preventing further breakouts with natural anti-microbials, a Chinese herb called Huang Qi and fermented lactobacillus (a probiotic), and even brightening the skin while it’s at it.
“Retexturizing” is just another way of saying your skin’s set up to be smoother, clearer, brighter, and more hydrated—kind of like when you exfoliate. (But might be too lazy to.) In this skin-refining cocktail, Jurlique uses anti-aging liposomes (a skin-soluble fat) to deliver ingredients into the skin, specifically the anti-aging extracts of rosemary, horseradish, mulberry, peppermint, and glycogen (a sea shell derived skin-firmer), which Jurlique call Biosome5. The scent is quite floral, but there’s nothing flowery about the results.
The popular Napa-based brand packed this vial with 21 active plant ingredients that benefit the sensitive skin around your eyes (which have fewer oil glands than the rest of your face FYI). They include recognizably pure ingredients like rosehips to banish dark circles to sandalwood oil to reduce fine lines.
Marie Veronique PRO Serum Du Jour ($90)
This is one of those skin-transforming products you’ll be hearing about if you haven’t already. It contains a powerhouse antioxidant combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid that promotes radiance and protects skin from oxidative stress, which you’ll really need as the sun gets brighter. (Not to mention that it feels super hydrating and smells great, too.)
This vitamin-rich serum’s star ingredient is sea fennel extract, which fights acne by balancing oil production and promoting cell turn-over. (You really want this in a serum.) The extract also moonlights as a natural provider of anti-aging benefits similar to those found in retinol, only without the irritation.
A team of toning, firming, super natural ingredients—like caffeine and gardenia plant stem cells—work together so that after you apply, it really does feel like your skin is waking (and tightening) up. Its effects are possibly as addictive as your morning cup of matcha.
The antioxidants in this affordable serum from indie Colorado-based natural beauty brand White & Elm protect your skin from free-radical damage (which often shows up as lackluster, prematurely wrinkled, and sun-spot speckled skin—just saying). They’re all incredibly nourishing, like rosehip fruit oil, argan kernel oil, avocado oil, plus evening primrose oil, which is smoothing and hydrating.