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New Serums to Brighten, Protect, and Nurture Your Skin

Brightening, anti-aging, sun protection--is there anything these new face serums can't do?
  • New Serums to Brighten, Protect, and Nurture Your Skin
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  • Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum ($108)
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    Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum ($108)

    Serums boast a higher price tag because they’re incredibly concentrated, providing maximum results to skin. This particular formula includes wheat, bran, and olive extracts as well as vitamin C to fight fine lines and clary sage extract to boost radiance. The milky formula is meant for layering under moisturizer morning and night on dry to very dry skin.

  • Olay Total Effects 7-in-One Moisturizer + Serum Duo SPF 15 ($20)
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    Olay Total Effects 7-in-One Moisturizer + Serum Duo SPF 15 ($20)

    Most serums work best overnight, but Olay’s is meant for mornings! Why? The all-in-one formula packs broad-spectrum SPF 15, moisturizer, and anti-aging serum, making it perfect for the skincare minimalist. It’s one easy step to better skin.

  • Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-Free Mattifying Pore Eraser ($40)
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    Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-Free Mattifying Pore Eraser ($40)

    Turns out lentils are good for more than just soup—the legume’s extract is used to instantly tighten pores in this mattifying formula. The milky serum dries to a smooth finish and helps keep skin shine-free with oil-absorbing bamboo extract. Use in the morning under makeup. Bonus? Salicylic acid gently exfoliates to clear pores.

  • Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Reviva-Concentrate ($120)
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    Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Reviva-Concentrate ($120)

    The newest addition to Lancome’s Renergie Lift collection, this rich and creamy formula is the consistency of face cream, but soaks in like a serum. Use at night to fight wrinkles and make skin look denser and firmer.

  • Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($76)
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    Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($76)

    Kiehls’ new serum packs such a high amount of pure vitamin C that the formula actually warms as it melts into the skin. That may seem a little weird, but that heat translates to an immediate lit-from-within glow to match the one the vitamin provides to skin over time. When used morning and night, the concentrated, oil-free formula also reduces lines and wrinkles.

  • NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate ($72)
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    Nars Optimal Brightening Concentrate ($72)

    The newest addition to the brand’s skincare line has a light, citrusy scent and a light-reflecting sheen that immediately illuminates the skin, making it perfect for a.m. application. Plus it packs long-term benefits—wild thyme protects skin, plankton extract boosts cells, and vitamin C brightens. Smooth on in the morning for glowing skin!

  • SkinMedica Lystera Skin Brightening Complex ($125)
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    SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex ($125)

    Ideal for individuals with hyperpigmentation, brown spots, or sun damage, studies show this formula works as well as ones with 4 percent hydroquinone (an OTC and prescription skin lightener). How? A mixture of vitamin C, retinol, vitamin B3, and peptides fades dark spots and brightens your skin, all while moisturizing. Use morning and night.

  • Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum ($75)
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    Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum ($75)

    Wish you had a more even skin tone? Try this serum, which helps to fade brown spots and discoloration with the brand’s rosa roxburghii complex—a vitamin C-packed Asian botanical. Essential oils like ylang, violet, and rose help to calm irritation while salicylic acid promotes cell turnover. Apply morning and evening.

Double Serum’s existed for over 20 years, but Clarins is just now convinced they’ve nailed the delivery system. Their latest iteration features 20 plant extracts in two separate chambers that mimic your body’s oil and water balance and, when mixed on the skin, firm it, reduce wrinkles and pore size, and even its tone in four weeks. Studies show this powerhouse has similar anti-aging effects to a retinol, without the irritation—and it smells amazing! Use morning and evening under moisturizer.

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