The Best Winter Face Serums—Ranked

Just what your skin was missing...

By Taylor Stephan, Jake Thompson Jan 21, 2020 11:00 AMTags
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Take a minute to ask anyone in your circle about the state of their skin right now and chances are there will be a collective sigh.

Why? Dry winter weather messes with your face. But just because you're having trouble with uneven tone and flakiness doesn't mean it's unfixable. Our advice: If you're not already using a serum in your routine at least once a day (we prefer in the evenings), add one in ASAP. You want to look for hydrating or exfoliating ingredients that gently feed life back into your dermis.

Another tip: Make sure you apply this after you cleanse but before your moisturize. Serums are powerful stuff so you want those ingredients to be the first to come in contact with your skin. 

You feel us? OK, now for winter our favorites—ranked.

Best Hydrating Face Masks—Ranked

15. FRESH Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum Mini

What It Is: A juice serum with microbubbles that delivers an essential dose of skin nutrition for an energized, healthy look is why this nifty little bottle kicks off our countdown.

14. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

What It Is: A vitamin C serum that provides environmental protection, lightens lines, firms skin and brightens your complexion.

13. iS Clinical Active Serum

What It Is: A multi-tasking face serum that improves the appearance of aging, acne-prone and dull complexions.

12. Kiehl's Since 1851 Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

What It Is: This plumping concentrate intensively hydrates skin to smooth the appearance of rough texture and fine lines.

11. Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum

What It Is: An oil-free gel-serum that can be used a multitude of ways to give skin a dewy, healthy glow.

10. Lancome Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum Duo

What It Is: An anti-aging serum that works to reveal smoother, more radiant skin in as few as seven days.

9. StackedSkincare Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum With Champaca Essence

What It Is: A super-hydrating daily serum that uses the plumping power of hyaluronic acid—a clean and natural hydrator—to quench and give skin a dewy glow.

8. Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum

What It Is: 178 times more potent than traditional vitamin C1, this satiny dry oil serum helps to visibly brighten skin, even tone and protect against premature aging signs. See visibly brighter skin after just one use. The single-dose capsules are travel friendly and free from added fragrance.

7. Alpha-H Vitamin A Serum

What It Is: A potent nighttime skin renewal treatment that utilizes the exfoliating benefits of vitamin A in a hydrating formula.

6. Kenzoki Belle de Jour Fantastic Fluid

What It Is: a lightweight fluid serum infused with Kenzoki's patented white lotus flower extract to support antiaging.

5. Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum

What It Is: This lightweight, non-greasy moisture boosting serum smoothes wrinkles & fine lines and replenishes dry, thirsty skin.

4. Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum

What It Is: This bouncy, lightweight serum will leave your face looking glassy and smooth with three potent forms of antioxidant-rich vitamin C including 22% pineapple juice, pure Ascorbic acid, and stable 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic acid to combat acne scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation. Plus the packaging is easily the cutest on our list!

3. Saint Jane Beauty Luxury CBD Beauty Serum

What It Is: An antioxidant packed serum with 500 mg of full-spectrum CBD plus 20 potent botanicals that help to deeply hydrate, detoxify pores, and boost skin's natural glow.

2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

What It Is: This soothing serum is packed full of highly concentrated long and short chain hyaluronic molecules to provide intensive hydration and work as a super booster against fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

What It Is: An AHA/BHA night serum that resurfaces congested skin by lifting away dead skin cells to improve skin tone, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and pores is why this is our number one winter serum!

Can't get enough skincare? Check out our Best Hydrating Face Masks—Ranked and Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin—Ranked.

—Last updated Jan 21, 2020, at 3:00 a.m. PT; originally published Jan 21, 2019, at 3:00 a.m. PT