If there's one product the MyDomaine team has talked about nonstop this month, it's serums. Now that summer vacations are in full swing, and the sun's rays are at their strongest, it's time to get your skincare routine down-pat to prevent fine lines. Once you've checked off the basics, like face sunscreen, turn your attention to products that work their magic long after you've left the beach.
Ahead, our editors share the serums they've tested that are now permanent fixtures in their routine. They're not gimmicky potions or short-term solutions—these are the products we use on repeat, down to the last drop.
"This is a new one that I've been trialing, and so far I love the results. It accelerates healing thanks to epidermal growth factors that speed healing and brighten skin, so it's great for breakouts and acne-prone skin. I will often get a hormonal breakout once a month, and this has really helped to speed up the recovery. It's also really beneficial for lightening dark spots because it encourages cell turnover, which is a huge reason why I started using it."
"I am obsessed with hydration, so naturally I've tried numerous hyaluronic serums, but this is my favorite so far. It absorbs quickly into the skin without any stickiness or residue and my skin is hydrated all day. This is important because I work in an air-conditioned office and live in a very dry climate (L.A. weather is brutal)."
"I've never had a product that has worked as quickly as Sunday Riley's Good Genes. After using it for two weeks, my skin was noticeably clearer and the fine lines around my eyes were softened. I swear by this serum and put it on at night after my night oil."
"I recently picked up a bottle of Biologique Recherche Lotion p50 1970, which is actually a toner (despite the word "lotion" in the name), which I use every other night after I wash. Layering Good Genes on top of this already intense toner feels like too much for my sensitive skin. So instead, I follow up with Caudalie's Premier Cru Serum, which works to support skin's natural collagen production and fight signs of aging."
"I'm 31 and have been using this serum since I was 25. I originally picked it after a consultation with a beauty expert who recommended a serum with a high % of vitamin C. After doing some research, this was the best one I found after the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic (for about half the price)! It glides on smooth and makes my skin visibly more even, brighter, and helps with fine lines. I always notice a difference when I run out and stop using it for a few weeks. Last year, they added hyaluronic acid to the formula, which I think has only made it better."
"Since I turned 30, I have also added a Dr. Dennis Gross retinol overnight serum to my routine, which I apply once a week to help my skin's firmness and elasticity."
"In an ongoing effort to detox my skincare routine, I've tried numerous natural serums, but this one is by far my favorite. Made with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, argan, and prickly pear seed oils, this potent serum works wonders for brightening dull skin, repairing sun damage, and smoothing wrinkles. I apply this morning and night under a lightweight moisturizer for optimal results."
"The latest addition to my nightly skincare routine, this splurge-worthy serum has been worth every cent so far. It boosts my skin's radiance, combats redness, and reduces blemish flare-ups. I have a feeling this pricey product is going to earn a permanent spot on my shelf."
"Super absorbent and lightweight, this serum applies smoothly and leaves my skin feeling plump and hydrated. Even though it effectively exfoliates (it contains 12% AHA), it's really gentle and calming."
"I have never come across anything remotely as effective as this, period. In terms of longterm fixes, it addresses blemishes, fights free-radicals, and stimulates collagen production. It also makes your skin look dewier right away. Though it comes at a price, it's truly worth every penny if you really want to see results. The same is true for else everything from Zelens (especially a fan of their Youth Glow Foundation because of the full coverage yet barely there look—I think I've recruited a dozen devotees so far)."
"I've been on a Cosmedix kick recently and their rapid renewal serum does not disappoint. I use it as the last step in my skincare routine at night before bed to hydrate and even my skin tone as I sleep. The formula also contains salicylic acid, which helps with acne breakouts and retinol to prevent signs of aging."
"This antioxidant facial serum allows me to hydrate and protect my skin after cleansing without using a moisturizer. I tend to have oilier skin, so I love that this product allows me to skip the moisturizing step of my routine. It goes on lightweight and quickly absorbs into the skin (plus, it's 100% naturally derived and still effective)."
This two-in-one serum is really hydrating, so I use it sparingly in summer in place of a moisturizer. It contains turmeric, which has anti-aging properties, and Callicarpa extract to revive radiance.
I started using this serum after a consultation with Dr Gross himself, and it's now a staple in my morning routine. The liquid is light and fast absorbing, which means I don't have to wait too long to apply moisturizer and foundation.