Our HandsDown Top 10 Serums

August 8, 2022


There’s no mystery as to why serums have taken the skincare world by storm—they’re packed with active ingredients and formulated to specifically target a wide variety of skin woes while still being a lightweight and easy addition to any day or night routine. So regardless of if your face is feeling particularly parched, tired or reactive lately, the products outlined below come highly recommended by actual users from our HandsDown community who swear by the bevy of benefits they’ve seen and felt after using them.

Read up and treat that RBF to some TLC.

A plant-based multi-tasker with 30+ “best of” awards

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Recommended by Jamie, who says: Facial in a bottle. Amazing smell. Feels fancy. Worth every penny.

An antioxidant boost for thirsty, dry skin 

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum
Recommended by Rebecca, who says: My GOAT serum. It smells like cucumbers, is green and just makes my skin look better within a few days of use.

A vitamin-filled formula to help target dark spots

TruSkin Vitamin C Facial Serum
Recommended by Jane, who says: I love a good bargain, but this serum feels like a steal! I’ve tried other high end C serums, but this serum delivers a real and radiant glow for a fraction of the price. The hyaluronic acid gives a little plump to this 50 something face plus evens out skin tone. It has really toned down my melasma.

A lightly-tinted layer with sun protection for a ready-to-go glow

ILIA Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint
Recommended by Larissa, who says: Perfectly blurs and smooths skin, combining serum, SPF, and a lightweight tint that’s not a foundation, but leaves me feeling more perfected!

A revelatory roll-on to target dark circles and de-puff peepers

Lala Earth Coffee & Reishi eye serum
Recommended by Lauren, who says: Use this every night! Maybe it’s all in my head, but I really believe that it helps with my dark circles and smoothing out the crows feet. Follow her on Instagram, too, for beautiful Vermont content.

A gentle giant to clear, brighten and protect dull or demanding skin

Marie Veronique C-Therapy Serum
Recommended by Becca, who says: This serum packs a punch! Recommended by my facialist, I notice immediate results when I use this product. My skin feels full of moisture and glowy.

A hyper-hydrating dose of hyaluronic acid

Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum
Recommended by Sonia, who says: My current fave hyaluronic acid. Makes my skin soak up all the products I use at night. Sometimes I throw this on my cheeks during the day for extra dew.

A sworn-by splurge that targets sagging skin

Skinmedica TNS® Advanced+ Serum
Recommended by Lisa, who says: Skin rejuvenating formula improves the appearance of coarse wrinkles, fine lines, skin tone, and texture. Absolutely addressed my sagging skin!

A nourishing nectar that encourages facial de-stressing

Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum
Recommended by Nina, who says: Calms inflammation (the root of skin’s problems), decongests pores, and soothes redness.

A potent potion to restore luminosity and smoothness in a snap

Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum
Recommended by Annie, who says: I use this 1-2 times per week and it makes my skin feel so incredibly soft. It’s amazing!

That’s our ten cents. But with ample options out there waiting to help you achieve skincare serenity, we’re sure you have a favorite that may not yet be listed! Help fellow faces find the perfect fit by commenting below or by adding to your own Faves. Viva la visage!