Beauty / September 30, 2019

The Best Nighttime Face Serums

These days it seems that there is a new trend in skincare with every passing week: microneedling, jade rolling, and now 3D printed face masks. While the most ardent skincare enthusiasts are always happy to try the new-new, everyone else can be left feeling clueless about what’s actually helpful and what’s just a passing fad.

Face serums came into the market about two years ago and since then they’ve taken over the market. The gospel is that any skincare routine without some kind of correcting serum is merely incomplete.

The amazing thing about facial serums is that there is one to target every concern your skin might be experiencing. However with the number of serums out there claiming to brighten, tone, improve elasticity, or give your skin the glow you so desperately crave,  it’s hard to know which of these serums actually work.

Why use these serums as night? Applying your serums at night allows it to repair your skin without being interrupted by the regular environmental pollution experienced in your busy daily life.

While you sleep, it works twice as hard to balance, tone or define your skin. Think of it as leveling up your beauty rest.

Here is a cheat sheet for the best nighttime serums.

Brightening Serum: Sunday Riley 

Not to ever be confused with skin lightening, a brightening facial treatment can help even out skin tone. Those of us with super melanated skin can often experience dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Brightening serums, usually those rich in vitamin C, help keep our skin consistently even.

Anti-aging Serum: SkinCeuticals

I’m not a huge fan of the term anti-aging. Contrary to what our youth-obsessed culture might lead us to believe, there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting older. The look of aging indicates a wisdom and maturity that can only be acquired thanks to the hands of time.

That said, aging also causes your skin to lose its elasticity and this is where these serums come in. Think of it more as a potion to help you age gracefully, rather than the false myth of not aging at all.

Hydrating Serum: First Aid Beauty


Winter is coming and your skin is likely to dry out with the change of seasons. Keep it intensely hydrated with a facial serum that delivers water and hydrating botanicals that penetrate to repair beyond the surface of the skin.

Balancing Serum: Dr. Hauschka

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those of us whose faces produce far more oil than we’d like. Serums can help curb excess oil production by making sure the skin is balanced. They might also contain ingredients like salicylic acid and witch hazel to help prevent break outs.

All-In-One Serum: Kiehl’s

If you are a one-and-done kind of person, or have great skin and are just looking to keep it up, a good all-in-one serum can help. While it won’t target specific concerns, it help restore your skin at night so you wake up to a healthy glow.

Linnea Moran

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