If there’s one thing summer’s got going for it, it’s the humidity. No, seriously—hear me out. When winter hits, the cold, dry air, coupled with even dryer indoor heat, does a number on your skin. (And by “a number” I mean it sucks your skin dry until it’s literally flaking off your face, which isn’t fun for anyone.)
And then the real conundrum sets in: Your lightweight moisturizer basically evaporates within minutes, but thick, heavy creams can feel like they’re suffocating your face. The solution? A coddling, cold-weather skin serum that’ll truly sink in and eradicate dryness, rather than just sit on top of your skin. Sure, it’s an additional step in your skin-care regimen, but because serums are often thinner and more concentrated than moisturizers, they’ll repair your lipid barrier more effectively than a lotion alone.
MŪN No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum; 0.6oz, $95; at LeVert
Prickly Pear Seed Oil*, in its pure organic form, has traditionally been used to protect and heal the skin from the harsh and burning desert wind in Southern Morocco.
Argan Oil*, oftentimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ in the region of Morocco to which it is exclusive and unique, is extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree.
Rose Oil* Created from one of the world’s most beloved flowers, this oil is known as the Queen of Flowers and a symbol of love, purity, and fragrant perfection.
ECOCERT Organic** In the spirit of optimum efficiency, all byproducts are used to feed livestock.**Due to the nature of the raw ingredients used in No.1 Aknari, slight changes in the scent and/or texture of product batches may occur. However, our formulas and the effectiveness of our products remain the same for all production sets.
111 Skin Y Lift Neck and Décolletage Serum, 1.7oz, $332.51; at 111 Skin
Root Science Youth Facial Serum, 1oz,$50; at Root Science
Camellia Oil* Rich in hydrating essential fatty acids responsible for increasing skin’s suppleness, elasticity, and moisture.
Prickly Pear Oil* Abundant source of Vitamin E, this antioxidant accelerates healing, protects skin from UV damage and collagen breakdown.
Sacha Inchi Oil* Renown for being the highest plant-based source of Omega-3 linoleic acid, it reduces the occurrence of breakouts and clogged pores.
Helichrysum Oil* Powerful antibacterial properties of this essential oil keep breakouts at bay as tissue regenerating diketones reduce the appearance of scars and induce vibrancy.
Amaranth Oil* One of the few natural sources of squalene, it delivers antioxidants and locks in moisture, critical for preventing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Passionfruit Oil* Contains vitamin A to decrease hyperpigmentation, protect skin from age accelerating free-radicals and boost collagen production.
African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum, 1oz,$160; at Credo Beauty
Ingredients: aqua (water), hamamelis virginia (witch hazel) distillate oil, vegetable glycerin, arnica cordifolia extract, aloe ferox (bitter aloe) leaf extract*, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, myrothamnus flabellifolius (resurrection) plant extract, sambucus nigra (elder) flower extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, hedera helix (ivy) extract, anacyclus pyrethrum (pellitory) extract, panthenol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), phytic acid, sclerocarya birrea (marula)* seed oil, adansonia digitata (baobab)* seed oil, linoleic acid, kigelia africana fruit extract*, sorbitol, tocopherol (vitamin e), ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate, urtica dioica (nettle) extract, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, hydrocotyl (centella asiatica) gotu kola extract, chamomile martricaria extract*, chlorella vulgaris (green algae) extract, lepidium sativum sprout (swiss garden cress) extract, lecithin, aspalathus linearis (rooibos tea) extract, pichia/resveratrol ferment extract, retinyl palmitate, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil, eriocephalus punctulatus (cape chamomile)* essential oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)* leaf essential oil.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Revitalise & Glow Serum, 1oz,$96; at Credo Beauty
Ingredients: aqua/water (purified water), aloe barbadensis extract (aloe vera), bifida ferment lysate (probiotic culture), cocoglycerides (emollient from coconut oil), glycerin (vegetable glycerine), lactose (probiotic bifidoculture milk extract), lactis proteinum/milk protein (probiotic protein), coco-caprylate (coconut based emollient), cetearyl glucoside (corn sugar emulsifier), cetearyl alcohol ( vegetable based thickener), kigelia africana fruit extract (botanical kigelia africana), hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract ( hibiscus flower), adansonia digitata fruit extract (botanical baobab), tocopherol (vitamin e), citrus nobilis peel oil (mandarin essential oil), helianthus annuus seed oil (sunflower oil), jasminum officinale flower extract (jasmine essential oil), plumeria acutifolia flower extract (plumeria essential oil), polianthes tuberose flower extract (tuberose essential oil), xanthan gum (natural based stabiliser), sodium stearoyl glutamate (vegetable derived emulsifier), sodium magnesium fluorosilicate (nano) (naturally occurring mineral salts), sodium phytate (natural origin), glyceryl caprylate (coconut-derived emulsifier), benzyl alcohol (preservative), dehydroacetic acid (preservative) , citric acid (fruit derived ph regulator), limonene*, linalool*, benzyl benzoate*
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Ethylparaben, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.
Colbert MD Stimulate The Serum, 1oz,$170 at Amazon
Glycolic Acid* enhances the quality and texture of the skin, while diminishing hyper-pigmentation
Gotu Kola *The legendary “Fountain of Youth” ingredient Traditional Chinese medicine believes Centella provides energy and longevity. A building block for collagen, Gotu Kola features high level anti-inflammatory action
Coffea Arabica Seed Extract* , a potent anti-oxidant thought to reverse sun damage Silk peptides, Complex amino acid chains which serve as building blocks for collagen and elastin, helping to restore skin’s support structure. Creatine and Carnitine, Energizes cells, boosting their metabolism
Fig + Yarrow Rosehip + Argan Facial Serum, 1oz,$42.99; at Amazon
* nutrient-dense and highly antioxidant, rosehip oil’s essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene offers youth enhancing benefits and a knack for penetrating deeply to nourish emerging skin cells.
* credited for Cleopatra’s otherworldly glow, olive oil’s primary constituents of vitamin A and E are crucial in anti-aging and can help repair damage from sun exposure and pollutants.
* jojoba’s close chemical similarity to sebum, the oil produced by the body, allows it to form a protective layer on the skin to seal in moisture.
* meadowfoam seed oil acts as a humectant; not only providing long-lasting hydration, but slowing moisture evaporation to allow for maximum moisture replenishment.
* considered sacred by the ancients, rosemary essential oil moisturizes skin, provides nutrients, and has disinfectant properties for troubled, blemished skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, 1oz,$32.00; at Amazon
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Soluble Collagen, Methyl Gluceth-20, Colloidal Oatmeal, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Nitrate, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Phosphate, EDTA, Glyoxal.
Immunocologie Hyaluronic Acid Serum, 1oz,$195; at Immunocologie
Ingredients: Aqua, Balanites roxburghii seed oil, Helianthus annus seed oil, Alcohol (Extracted from beets/Extrait de la betterave), Protium heptaphyllum resin, Xanthan gum, Gluconolactone, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Sodium benzoate, Benzyl alcohol (Preservative function/agent conservateur), Maltodextrin, Tocopherol (mixed), Sucrose stearate, Carrageenan, Sorbitol, Triticum vulgare / aestivum grain extract, Lannea microcarpa fruit extract, Butyrospermum parkii butter extract, Calcium gluconate, Persea gratissima seed extract, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, Montmorillonite*, Illite*, Kaolin*, Canadian Colloidal Clay* (*Vital Oligo Complex)
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum, 1oz,$39; at Amazon
Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Glycerin; Biosaccharide Gum-1; Calendula officinalis Flower Extract; Echinacea purpurea Extract; Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Prunella vulgaris Leaf Extract; Spilanthes acmella Flower Extract; Althaea officinalis Root Extract; Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract; Cucumis sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract; Anthemis nobilis Flower Extract; Opuntia ficus indica Stem Extract; Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract; Xanthan Gum; Microcrystalline Cellulose; Carrageenan; Cellulose Gum; Glucose; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Beta-carotene; Totarol; Phenoxyethanol; Ethylhexylglycerin; Sodium Benzoate.
Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum, 0.7oz,$19.41; at Amazon
Ingredients: Organic carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil, Organic Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Organic Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Organic rosa canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E)
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, 1.7oz,$9.99; at Amazon
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dmdm Hydantoin, Dimethiconol, Laureth-4, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi- Tasking Wonder Balm, 1.8 oz, $49, at Credo Beauty
Ingredients: cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil*, glycine soja (sweet soy) seed oil*, cera alba (beeswax)*, simmondsia chinesis (jojoba) seed oil*, jojoba esters, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel wax, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed extract (and) rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, avena sativa (oat kernel oil), limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, tocopherol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract.*
*ingredients from organic farming
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum, 1oz,$69; at Pestle and Mortar
Ingredients: Aqua, * Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Sodium Hyaluronate, *Cucumis sativus fruit extract, Butylene Glycol, *Tocopheryl Acetate, *Glycerin, *Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, *Caprylyl Glycol. *Plant Derived. Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is 100% free of animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants, paraben free, fragrance free and not tested on animals.
REN Clean Skincare Keep Young and Beautiful Firming and Smoothing Serum, 1oz,$195; at Amazon
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Pullalan, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citronellol, Geraniol.
Verite Spa Organics Rose Absolute Serum,1oz,$ 95; at LeVert
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, 1oz,$185; at Vintner’s Daughter
Key Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Var Bergamia(Bergamot) Peel Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold), Rose Damascena (Rose) Absolute, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Rubignosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel, Lavandula X Intermedia (Lavender) Flower, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Var Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil.
Youth to the People Age Prevention Firm and Brighten Serum, 1oz,$62; at Youth to the People
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-37, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Brassica Oleracea (Kale) Leaf Extract, Spinacea Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Brassica Oleracea (Kale) Leaf Oil, Superoxide Dismutase, L-Tyrosine, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate