These Amazing Drugstore Serums Prove That You Can Have Great Skin On A Budget
By Marissa DeSantis
Though they've become an essential part of your nightly (and sometimes daily) skin care routine, face serums tend to drain your bank account faster than your daily Starbucks fix. And while it makes sense that the high concentration of active ingredients would come with a higher price tag, pricier doesn't necessarily mean better. The best drugstore serums available are still formulated with effective ingredients that work overtime to improve your skin — you just have to know what to look for.
If dry and/or dehydrated skin is your main concern, you'll want a hydrating serum, like one with hyaluronic acid. They're typically lightweight and gentle, and often fragrance-free, making them a great choice for sensitive skin types, too.
For a more heavy duty serum that can do everything from plump, firm, and fight acne, you'll want a serum that contains retinol — just be sure you pair it with a moisturizer at night to counteract any dryness, and use SPF in the morning to avoid irritation and sunburn, as retinol leaves your skin more photosensitive.
Vitamin C serums are another great option. Though pretty much every skin type can benefit from a dose of vitamin C, those trying to even out their skin tone and fade signs of hyperpigmentation will find them especially effective.
No matter what your primary skin concern is, here are six of the best drugstore serums to help get you started.