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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.