As each year flies by, everyone’s complexions do this wonderful little thing called aging. While decades of unrealistic beauty standards may make you shiver at the thought of forming wrinkles fine lines, it’s always key to remember that the skin aging process is a natural, beautiful thing that signifies all of the wonderful smiles and laughs that you’ve had throughout your lifetime. But, we get it — sometimes it may feel like our skin is showing signs of aging a little too fast. Though there’s no fountain of youth to dip into, the following derm-approved serums for mature skin will target a myriad of your skin-care concerns including the appearance of fine lines and skin sagging — but their skin-enhancing powers don’t stop there.
In case you aren’t aware, serums are essential to just about anyone and everyone’s skin-care regimens, but especially those with maturing concerns, for their high concentrations of key ingredients like firming peptides, brightening vitamin C, and fine line-reducing retinol (also known as vitamin A). “Serums are a great way to instantly improve the signs of aging in mature skin as they are formulated with concentrations of active ingredients that hydrate, soothe, defend, repair, and boost radiance for a more dewy complexion,” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, a Connecticut-based board-certified dermatologist.
There are tons of serums on the market, so finding the right one for your maturing skin-care concerns can get confusing. Instead of going the trial-and-error route and hoping for the best, try out these dermatologist-recommended serums that’ll effortlessly improve skin tone, texture, and elasticity.
If there’s one vitamin C serum that nearly every doctor (and Allure staffer) swears you need to try in your lifetime, it’s the Allure Best of Beauty-winning SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Erum Ilyas, MD a board-certified dermatologist based at Schweiger Dermatology Group in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, gives this stellar serum her seal of approval for its impressive combination of antioxidant vitamins C and E, which guard against free radical damage while minimizing dark spots and moisturizing skin. “I love this Skin Ceuticals product because it uses the more active forms of Vitamin C in the right concentration to work,” says Dr. Ilyas.
New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, says the skin-plumping effects of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir are too good to beat. “This serum contains glycerin, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and polyglutamic acid — all humectants that help create an immediate plumping effect that makes the skin look younger and smoother,” she says. Along with these dryness-tackling additives, this nourishing face serum also contains a glow-boosting duo of vitamin C and niacinamide for a more even skin tone along with shea butter to seal in moisture.
Dr. King also gives Beauty Pie’s Youthbomb Double Retinol Action Skin Overhaul Serum two thumbs up for its active-packed formulation that contains retinol, a gold standard ingredient in skin-care products for mature skin that has the ability to increase cellular turnover and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. “This serum also contains niacinamide, which helps to improve tone and texture lactic acid to gently exfoliate as well as increase penetration of the other active ingredients, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and ceramides support the skin barrier,” she says.