Friday, January 6, 2023

I'm a Serum-Obsessed Beauty Writer, and These Are My 6 Favorites Right Now

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.
What's your desert island beauty product? For me, it's absolutely, definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, serum. I quite literally can't live without serum in my skincare routine. Sometimes I even layer two or three serums on top of each other instead of using a moisturizer!

To that end, I'm always testing and trying out new serums, looking for the latest and greatest ones to help moisturize, hydrate and nourish my skin. There are 6 serums I'm totally loving right now — read on to find out which ones are currently topping my list!

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.

Farmacy Beauty Filling Good Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum

It fills. It plumps. It hydrates. Is there anything this serum doesn't do? If so, I haven't discovered it. I've bought, re-bought and bought it some more. I love the light honey scent, and the subtly thicker texture that's almost like a moisturizer — which renders the need for actual moisturizer useless. I like to use this serum in the mornings, and especially before photo shoots, since it imparts a luscious, plumped-up glow.

$48 at sephora.com

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.
Naked Sundays Clear Glow Radiant Sun Serum SPF 50

A serum that's also a sunscreen?! I am, in a word, obsessed. The texture is satiny and smooth, and it sinks right into skin without leaving any stickiness behind. It's formulated with a blend of watermelon extract, tomato extract, jojoba and squalane, so it's ultra nourishing. Plus, with its beautiful matte glass bottle and holographic lettering, the packaging is just undeniably chic. This is a must in my morning skincare routine!

$36 at nakedsundays.com

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

I've been using this serum for years. I quite literally cannot live without it. I use a dropper full of it every morning before applying the rest of my skincare products, and my skin is always super soft and smooth! The price has gone up a bit since I started using it (it used to only be $6!), but it's definitely still on the affordable end of skincare products that actually work. Holy grail product right here.

$8.90-$15.70 at sephora.com

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.
Mario Badescu Super Peptide Serum

Ah, Mario Badescu. I've been a longtime fan of this brand, dating all the way back to the early 2000s when I used to visit their skincare spa in New York. I've only had good experiences with their products, and this serum is no different! I love that it's formulated with everything from Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 to hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, so my skin is plumped, nourished and soothed simultaneously. I actually like to use it on my neck and d├ęcolletage, and I've definitely noticed a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles when I do!

$45 at nordstrom.com

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.
Herbivore Botanicals Cloud Jelly Plumping Hydration Serum

Oh, Herbivore Botanicals. How I've fallen in love with you over the years. And when I tell you that this serum is EV-ERY-THING, I'm not exaggerating. This is the lightweight, non-sticky serum I reach for when I need a little extra hydration and bounciness in my skin — and with one simple dropper full, my skin is unbelievably happy. The inclusion of tremella mushroom — an alternative to hyaluronic acid — helps skin retain moisture. Plus, it's pink! This serum is always, always on my vanity. (I've bought it at least 5 times already!)

$48 at herbivorebotanicals.com

Top 6 serums for any skincare routine for The Beauty of Life: Herbivore Botanicals, Naked Sundays, Mario Badescu, Farmacy Beauty, Florence by Mills, and The Ordinary.
Florence by Mills Dreamy Drops Hydrating Serum

This is the newest serum to come into my life, and has quickly become a skincare routine staple. As if the purple bottle weren't enough, the milky white formula inside does a ton of skincare heavy lifting (without actually feeling heavy on your skin, of course). It's packed with hyaluronic acid, meadowfoam seed oil and a natural fruit complex of watermelon, apple and lentil extracts to leave skin looking and feeling soft, silky and hydrated beyond belief. I actually like to use it not just on my face, but my hands, too — I've definitely seen a difference in how pillowy soft my hands look!

$24 at florencebymills.com

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