Serums have come out from the shadows in recent years and have gone from being luxury beauty helpers to skincare must-have products. Incorporating one of the best hydrating serums for dry skin into your routine — especially if you're prone to tight, uncomfortably dry skin and rough patches — is one of the most effective ways to plump your skin, exfoliate dead skin cells, and leave fresh skin feeling smooth and moist.
As with all skincare products, it makes sense to pay close attention to labels to be sure you're investing in a serum that contains ingredients that are beneficial to dry skin types. Be on the lookout for goodies like hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in your body that promotes collagen production and retains hundreds of times its weight in water. Aloe vera and chamomile can soothe irritated skin, collagen helps improve skin's texture, and botanicals and peptides provide optimum levels of hydration while boosting your skin's ability to repair itself and retain its firmness.
Applying your skincare products in the right order is the key to helping all of these incredible and hydrating serum ingredients do their job. Start with a makeup remover and cleanser, follow up with toner, and then apply your serum. Allow your serum to fully absorb into skin before following up with eye cream, a moisturizer and (if it's daytime) a layer of sunscreen. It won't be long before you notice your serum working: your dry skin will feel and look more moisturized, plump, and smooth.
1. A Water-Based Serum With Colloidal Oatmeal To Soothe Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin types and anyone prone to dry, red skin will love this nourishing serum, which hydrates skin with hyaluronic acid and soothes inflammation with aloe leaf juice and colloidal oatmeal. This is a lightweight water-based gel that contains no artificial fragrances, parabens, or sulfates and has been allergy tested.
2. A Ceramide-Rich Serum That Locks In Moisture All Day Or Night
This Korean serum, formulated specifically for dry, dull skin, uses ceramides to form a barrier that keeps moisture in and makes skin look radiant and hydrated. Reviewers call it a "genuinely amazing" serum and one that might inspire you to leave the house wearing zero makeup.
3. A Botanical-Rich Peptide Serum For Very Dry Skin
Extremely dry complexions will get a major boost when they meet this hydrating serum, which is rich in peptides and botanicals like chamomile, yarrow, and aloe vera extract. White willow bark helps make dull skin more radiant and a blend of peptides helps lift and tone skin. You'll only need one or two drops — a little goes a long way.
4. A Hyaluronic Acid Serum That Makes Skin Glow
Who doesn't want "glowy" skin? According to reviewers, that's exactly what you'll get when you use this hyaluronic acid serum, which delivers an exceptional level of hydration and helps firm and tone skin. Use 2 to 4 drops as a standalone serum or try mixing it with your sheet, gel, or cream mask for added moisture.
5. A Silky-Smooth Serum With Hyaluronic Acid And Plant Boosters
You won't have to wait weeks, days, or even an hour to see the effect of using this incredibly hydrating serum, which is formulated with four hyaluronic acids and two plant boosters. The second after you finishing applying a light layer of this smooth and light gel, your skin will look like you spent a day at the spa — smooth, glowing, and amazingly soft to the touch.
6. A Probiotic Nighttime Serum With Vitamin B12 And Fermented Ingredients For More Even Skin
This Korean beauty nighttime serum contains antioxidants and protective ingredients like probiotic-rich fermented bifida, lactobacillus, and lactococcus, as well as vitamin B12 and peptides that lock in moisture and improve elasticity for firmer skin and smaller looking pores. Reviewers (some with skin conditions like eczema) report that this serum helps make skin clearer, more toned, and softer.
7. A Serum Made With Thermal Spring Water To Calm Irritated, Sensitive Skin
Using Avéne Thermal Spring Water as its base ingredient, this serum helps moisturize and soothe sensitive skin and relieves tightness and dry patches. Reviewers say it has the power to calm skin and can even work on eczema. Use the smallest amount possible because a little goes a long way.
8. A Drugstore Favorite With Hyaluronic Acid
Free of oil and non-comedogenic (so it won't clog pores), this hydrating serum depends on hyaluronic acid to plump up dry skin and make it softer and smoother. Reviewers love it because it's not greasy, makes skin look even in texture, and is a fraction of the cost of many luxury brand serums.
9. A Cucumber-Infused Hydrating Serum That Helps Skin Retain Moisture
This luxury serum from Korean skin care brand, Amarte, is a lightweight gel formula that can be used over retinol or vitamin C, or in the morning before moisturizer and sunscreen to provide a cucumber-infused hydrating veil that will lock moisture into your skin. Its fresh scent and weightless texture make it the perfect serum to use throughout the year, particularly if you like to layer your skin care, and it's especially refreshing during warmer months.
10. A Vitamin C Serum With Argan Oil And Aloe Vera Extract
The 20 percent vitamin C in this overnight serum helps fight free radical damage and brighten skin, while a blend of argan oil, ferulic acid, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E add intense moisture, radiance, and even firmness to skin. If your skin is too dry to respond well to most Retin-A prescriptions, try using this serum afterwards or as a substitute (and, of course, check with your dermatologist first).
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