Best Serums For Dull and Dry Skin (And All Your Age-Related Issues)

by Engracia Ang
LIFESTYLE  |  October 05, 2019
  • These latest serums will target your dull and ageing skin concerns.
    1 / 9 These latest serums will target your dull and ageing skin concerns.

    It happens – you finally settle on a skincare routine after months of trying and testing products, only to find that it no longer works for you. There’s no obvious problems such as breakouts or irritation, but you find that your skin no longer glows as much, and blemishes no longer fade away as quickly. We get it; it’s frustrating to see your skincare progress stagnate, but don’t give up just yet. Recharge and re-energise your skin with a potent serum – here are a couple of options to get you started.

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  • 1. SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, $159
    2 / 9 1. SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, $159

    From Lazada

    Formulated with 3 per cent tranexamic acid, 1 per cent kojic acid, 5 per cent niacinamide and 5 per cent sulfonic acid, this hard-working serum will get rid of your dark spots in a jiffy. The four ingredients each target different steps of discolouration formation, and is said to reduce acne spots by an average of 80 per cent in 12 weeks.

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  • 2. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $114
    3 / 9 2. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $114

    From Sephora

    You can never go wrong with a good vitamin C serum. This iteration from Drunk Elephant is supercharged with 0.5 per cent ferulic acid and 1 per cent vitamin E to boost its effectiveness. Remember to wear sunscreen in the day, if you’re using this product.

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  • 3. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Flow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum, $45
    4 / 9 3. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Flow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum, $45

    From Sephora

    This fast-absorbing serum is formulated with vitamins, minerals, fruits and vegetables, and nutrient-rich microbubbles to effectively deliver all that goodness right into your skin.

    (Also read: Best Brightening Serums to Restore Glow in Your Skin)

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  • 4. Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, $36
    5 / 9 4. Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, $36

    From Sephora

    Consider this a more intense version of Pixi’s cult favourite Glow Tonic. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate, as well as vitamin A, C and E to brighten skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, fade sun spots and banish fatigue. You’ll wake up to better skin in no time.

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  • 5. Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum, $136
    6 / 9 5. Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum, $136

    From Sephora

    If your skin still seems dull even with a solid skincare routine, consider adding this Tatcha serum to your repertoire. The serum contains two types of vitamin C to brighten and neutralise free radicals. There’s also AHA to resurface skin and even out texture issues, angelica root extract to fade blemishes and hyperpigmentation, as well as Japanese Beautyberry to stabilise the formula and boost effectiveness.

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  • 6. The Inkey List Lactic Acid Face Serum, $18
    7 / 9 6. The Inkey List Lactic Acid Face Serum, $18

    From Sephora

    Like The Ordinary, The Inkey List is an affordable brand that’s ingredient-driven. This lactic acid serum is great for overhauling dull skin, gently removing dead skin cells so that other skincare products can penetrate better. Also, lactic acid is a lot gentler compared to other types of AHA, making it a good starter product for anyone new to chemical exfoliants.

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  • 7. The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, $23.50
    8 / 9 7. The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, $23.50

    From Lookfantastic

    Can’t decide which skincare issue to tackle first? Then get this “Buffet” serum from The Ordinary. It targets multiple signs of ageing in one go, thanks to its blend of peptides and skin-friendly amino acids. The affordable price tag is a huge plus, too.

    (Also read: Multi-Tasking Serums to Target All Your Skin Concerns)

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  • 8. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum, $66
    9 / 9 8. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum, $66

    From Sephora

    Active ingredients are great for transforming your skin, but don’t go overboard with them. You should also pay attention to your skin’s moisture barrier, because using too many actives can compromise it. Try adding this ceramide serum to your routine. Ceramide improves your skin’s barrier function, prevents moisture loss and improves issues such as dryness, flaky skin, sensitivity and tightness.

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