These hydrating & brightening serums will glow up your skincare routine

A simple skincare routine with a cleanser and moisturizer is a fabulous foundation for hydrated, glowy skin. But if you're looking to spice up your GRWM and gleam even more benefits from your regimen, serums are an easy place to start. 

Read on for some of our current faves to help with dry skin, dullness, texture, acne and more! 

1. Hyaluronic Acid

Hydrating serums are the savior for our dry skin girlies! A key ingredient in many skincare products, hyaluronic acid is an amazing moisturizer. It leaves your skin hydrated while helping smooth out fine lines and discoloration. For a lightweight option, try First Aid Beauty's Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, $40.

Here's how to add it to your routine: Start with your cleanser, then gently tap in a few drops of the serum while your skin is still damp and wait for it to dry. This is great for nighttime use to help replenish hydration in your face after a long day.

2. Niacinamide

The essential daily serum has arrived! Niacinamide helps improve acne, eliminate redness, brighten dark spots and shrink pores. It can also help with managing oil and preventing sun damage. (Psst: If brightening is one of your skincare musts, check out these natural ways to brighten your skin!)

The Ordinary's version of niacinamide serum is another cruelty-free and vegan must.

Here's how to add it to your routine: Start with your cleanser, then gently tap a few drops into your complexion once it's dry. This is a great serum to use in the morning, as it isn't too thick to wear under makeup and SPF.

3. Vitamin C Serum

A key skincare ingredient to help maintain a glowy and hydrated complexion is a vitamin C serum! Vitamin C helps your skin produce collagen (which keeps your skin plush and bouncy). It can also help with redness, under-eye circles and sunburns.

CeraVe's Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum is 10% pure vitamin C. It also helps with texture and brightening.

Here's how to add it to your routine: Start with your cleanser, then gently tap the product into your skin after it dries. Pro tip: Do not use this product with niacinamide, and wear extra SPF since Vitamin C can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

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by Madelyn Willoughby | 9/30/2023