There’s nothing quite like the seasonal shift from summer to fall. It’s that time of year when Mother Nature is completely unpredictable, and the inconsistency in temperature and weather can throw a wrench in your skincare routine. Fall is usually the time to start slathering on your favorite hydrating serum, but with summer’s heat and humidity still lingering in the air, many formulas can feel too heavy. The six stand-out serums that our contributor, Alexandra Leshner, rounded up below strike the perfect balance. They plump up parched skin without feeling sticky or thick. Give them a try!
- Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum ($49): This velvety, antioxidant-packed serum is, hands down, one of my all-time favorite products. Nothing restores moisture to my face quite like this milky formula. It’s very lightweight, but incredibly hydrating thanks to hyaluronic acid and grape water. I can always count on this serum to bring my dehydrated complexion back to life.
- Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52): Drunk Elephant’s anti-aging hydration gel combines vitamin B5—a powerful humectant that attracts and holds moisture—with pineapple ceramide to create an intensive treatment that brightens skin and improves texture and tone. B-Hydra can be used on its own prior to applying moisturizer or it can be mixed with your favorite serum or cream for an added dose of hydration.
- Belif Hungarian Water Essence ($42): Don’t let the watery texture of this Korean skincare staple fool you. It packs a moisturizing punch and is said to increase skin’s hydration levels by 20 percent. The cooling liquid soaks into skin immediately with no sticky residue left behind. Circulation-boosting rosemary and anti-inflammatory lavender give the serum an added oomph.
- Renée Rouleau Skin Drink ($40.50): I’ve long been a fan of esthetician Renée Rouleau’s eponymous skincare line, but this oil-free serum is a more recent addition to my routine. A high concentration of hyaluronic acid gives Skin Drink its hydrating properties, but it’s the addition of vitamin C (hello, brighter skin), salicylic acid (goodbye, clogged pores) and aloe leaf juice that make this product a winner.
- M-61 Hydraboost Serum ($78): Created by Bluemercury co-founder, Marla Malcolm Beck, M-61 is a no-nonsense collection of simple and effective skincare products. The Hydraboost Serum is rich in peptides (they stimulate collagen production and help reduce the look of wrinkles), tamarind and aloe vera, which together hydrate, firm and soothe skin.
- Glossier Super Bounce ($28): Super Bounce is one of three new serums from the popular Glossier brand. It’s the most hydrating of the bunch, designed to plump and soften worn out skin. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 are the stars of the serum’s very short ingredient list, proving that sometimes simple is best when it comes to quality skincare.