The Antioxidant Serums We Trust for Bright, Even Skin


Antioxidants are an important part of any thorough skincare routine. They do so many glorious things: Antioxidants are the anti-inflammatory, skin-firming, wrinkle-softening, acne scar–reducing, sun damage–repairing, and brightening superstars of the beauty world. They're basically the triple (sextuple?) threat hiding in your medicine cabinet. So why not invest in some of that goodness? Look for words like "radiance," "even skin tone," and "environmental aggressors" when you're shopping and you can't go wrong.

Below, find our favorite antioxidant serums and why each one is special.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum
AESOP Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum $75

This aloe-based serum works wonders on dry, parched skin. It's super concentrated, so you only need a little, and additionally blended with parsley and grape seed extracts for extra nourishment and protection.

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% $8

Talk about big results for a really, really small price. This $8 serum is a highly potent antioxidant used to improve your skin's texture and tone. It's super concentrated, so it's recommended for use only two to three days a week.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum $85

To stave off dark spots and discolorations at the source, look no further than Sunday Riley's vitamin C serum. After continued use, your skin will look firmer, plumper, and illuminated, while phytosterols reduce the look of redness and skin sensitivity.

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic $166

I'm constantly singing this little bottle's praises—and there's no sign of slowing down now. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is an antioxidant with a cult following for a reason (or rather many reasons): It defends against photoaging, neutralizes free radicals, promotes collagen production, and delivers unmatched brightening properties. Yes, it's as good as everyone says it is.

Renée Rouleau Skin Correcting Serum
Renée Rouleau Skin Correcting Serum $47

This oil-free serum prevents breakouts by strengthening the skin's immune system from within to address the underlying cause. According to Rouleau, "many blemish products only focus on treating breakouts topically with drying and irritating ingredients, but very few focus on acne prevention from the inside out. With continued use, this advanced formula will restore a healthy, hydrated balance to reveal clearer skin with fewer visible blemishes and scarring."

Paula's Choice Antioxidant Serum With Retinol
Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol $36

This product is a concentrated formula that not only defends against environmental stressors, brightens, and refines skin, but it also contains a gentle amount of retinol to restore moisture and defend against signs of aging.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Mini $24

Formulated with vitamin C and boosted with collagen, this effective anti-aging serum brightens, visibly firms, and delivers hydration to your skin.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum
Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum $48

This lightweight serum infuses vitamins and antioxidants from certified organic juices, moisturizes with fatty acid-packed plant oils, and smooths the appearance of fine lines with peptides.

Biologique Recherche Serum 3R
Biologique Recherche Serum 3R $Upon Request

This formula from cult French favorite Biologique Recherche is rich in exfoliating, firming, soothing, and hydrating active ingredients. It's especially helpful for pre- and post-treatment (lasers, peels, and injections) because it's nourishing and calming.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum $79

Even out your skin tone and improve the appearance of dark spots with Caudalie's time-honored antioxidant serum. In it, you'll find viniferine, an ingredient from the grapevine sap that is clinically proven to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C.

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