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9 Hydrating, Skin-Softening Serums

Dry skin? Here’s the one important step that’s missing from your routine.
  • 9 Hydrating, Skin-Softening Serums
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  • Amorepacific Rejuvenating Serum ($100)
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    Amorepacific Rejuvenating Serum ($100)
    An office favorite, this light serum soaks in immediately and gives skin a jolt of moisture thanks to bamboo sap, amino acids, and a special hydrating complex.

  • Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum ($48)
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    Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum ($48)
    Organic grape water helps keep skin soft, a mix of antioxidants deliver anti-aging benefits, and hyaluronic acid hydrates.

  • Renee Rouleau Bio Radiance Night Serum ($48)
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    Renee Rouleau Bio Radiance Night Serum ($48)
    If you’re looking to fight wrinkles and hydrate, pick up Renee Rouleau’s light formula. It infuses moisture into the skin with a mix of a marine and red rice extracts, plus it firms with a cocktail of peptides.

  • Olay Age Defying Instant Hydration Serum ($11)
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    Olay Age Defying Instant Hydration Serum ($11)
    Olay’s serum helps to lock moisture into the skin with a unique vitamin complex, plus it’s free of dyes and fragrance, making it easy on sensitive skin.

  • Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum ($65)
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    Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum ($65)
    Best for normal-to-dry skin types, this powerhouse formula boosts moisture with a unique complex alongside a cocktail of anti-aging ingredients: retinols, lipids, and wheat germ extract.

  • Sephora Ultimate Moisture Serum ($25)
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    Sephora Ultimate Moisture Serum ($25)
    Think of Sephora’s formula as part serum, part illuminator. It hydrates with a special extract complex, plus it has ingredients for a radiant complexion: light-reflecting pigments that work immediately and java tree extract to brighten skin over time.

  • Fresh Soy Face Serum ($45)
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    Fresh Soy Face Serum ($45)
    Great for sensitive skin, Fresh’s formula soothes and hydrates, thanks to amino acids, cucumber, hibiscus, and anise extract.

  • Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase ($58)
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    Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase ($58)
    Clarins’ new serum is designed for very dry skin, with a laundry list of ingredients: a hyaluronic acid complex binds moisture to skin, while extracts—katafray, inca peanut, and sorbier bud—both create and lock in moisture.

Whether you have chronically dry skin, or just want to prepare for the upcoming cold season, you’ll be shocked at how effective a hydrating serum can be. Add a pump or two post-cleansing, before your lotion or cream, for an immediate moisture boost. Our favorite formulas, above.

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