About a dozen years ago, bigwig skincare companies told us we needed face serums to protect and enhance our skin. And while this wasn’t an entirely new concept, Shiseido’s 1872 Eudermine Revitalizing Essence for Women, SK-II’s 1980 Facial Treatment Essence and Estée Lauder’s 1982 Advanced Night Repair had them beat, they were right. Now, we’re adding three more youth, hydration and glow-inducers to our favourite serums list.
To Hydrate: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Renewing Dew Concentrate
It’s a mouthful of a name for sure, but it’s worth every syllable. This serum infuses your skin with aloe vera, vitamins C and E and peptides to moisture for up to 24 hours, smooth away fine lines and wrinkles and add a little light and luminosity to your face. Now that’s what we call hope-filled.
$59, available at Sephora
To Glow: Glossier Futuredew
Deemed an oil serum hybrid, this hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, vegan and cruelty-free baby is your last step in your skincare routine. That’s right, it goes on after your moisturizer so that your skin can best benefit from its nourishing and radiance-inducing blend of jojoba, grape seed, evening primrose and rosehip oils, fruit extract, sugarcane and light-reflecting minerals.
$30US, available online at www.glossier.com
To Protect: IV Skincare Infusion Serum
Home-grown by Calgarian Sanja and fuelled with chia, blueberry, strawberry and sea buckthorn oils, this powerful health-inducer protects your face from the ever-changing environment, promotes circulation, is rich in vitamins C and E and strengthens your dermis with amino acids and beta carotene.
$65, available online at www.vossity.com