#1 Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum, $66
Active ingredients are great for transforming your skin, but don’t go overboard with them. You should also pay attention to your skin’s moisture barrier, because using too many actives can compromise it. Try adding this ceramide serum to your routine. Ceramide improves your skin’s barrier function, prevents moisture loss and improves issues such as dryness, flaky skin, sensitivity and tightness.
#2 Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $114
You can never go wrong with a good vitamin C serum. This iteration from Drunk Elephant is supercharged with 0.5 per cent ferulic acid and 1 per cent vitamin E to boost its effectiveness. Remember to wear sunscreen in the day, if you’re using this product.
#4 Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, $36
Consider this a more intense version of Pixi’s cult favourite Glow Tonic. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate, as well as vitamin A, C and E to brighten skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, fade sun spots and banish fatigue. You’ll wake up to better skin in no time.
#5 SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, $159
Formulated with 3 per cent tranexamic acid, 1 per cent kojic acid, 5 per cent niacinamide and 5 per cent sulfonic acid, this hard-working serum will get rid of your dark spots in a jiffy. The four ingredients each target different steps of discolouration formation, and is said to reduce acne spots by an average of 80 per cent in 12 weeks.
#7 The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, $23.50
Can’t decide which skincare issue to tackle first? Then get this “Buffet” serum from The Ordinary. It targets multiple signs of ageing in one go, thanks to its blend of peptides and skin-friendly amino acids. The affordable price tag is a huge plus, too.