I didn’t even know what face serum was until recently, but when I learned that they’re the quickest way to get active ingredients deep down into your pores, I was sold. You see, my skin has been acting up recently (I feel like I’m a teenager again), so I decided it was time to do some research on the best drugstore serums out there. We recently rounded up the serums that skin gurus always reach for, but this time we wanted to keep the price tag low—under $40—which is right in my budget after all my holiday shopping.
When it comes to application, you can use this “miracle” product up to twice a day (skip it at night though if you’re using a topical retinoid to avoid irritation). Why use them? “Serums help give your skin a fresher, younger, and healthier appearance,” says celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle. Do we want all that? Check, check, and check.
Click through to see the eight best drugstore serums that provide maximum impact without putting a dent in your pocket.
This serum actually contains age-defying retinol. This superhero of an ingredient melds with minerals like copper to give you an insane glow.
Not just for the face: Bare Republic’s calming serum is meant to be used all over after sun exposure. It relies on the potency of manuka honey and soothing oat milk.
Reviewers say they like this product because it’s super hydrating, but it doesn’t make them break out. Plus, word on the street is that a little bit of the product goes pretty darn far.
Do you have any drugstore serums to share with us? Tell us in the comments, and then read about the best exfoliators for glowing skin.