5 Great Anti-Aging Serums

I recently told you about Frownies facial patches and how they are a great option for smoothing out wrinkles. But what if you’re not quite familiar with wrinkles (lucky you!). The key here is prevention, prevention, prevention.

As soon as I hit my late 20s, I spent an inordinate amount of time googling anti-aging serums. I’ve tried several and I consider it to be one of the most important parts of my beauty regimen.

Clarins Double Serum, $85 (1 oz.), clarinsusa.com
Clarins Double Serum, $85 (1 oz.), clarinsusa.com

When it comes to choosing a serum, the options are endless. The key is to identify what you need in a serum — do you want to even out your skin tone? Smooth out acne marks? Don’t be afraid to go to Sephora or your favorite department store and try some out. Samples are a great way to find the best product for you.

Need a head start? Here are a few of my favorites:

I’ve been using Clarins Double Serum for a few months and I really like it — my face felt instantly softer and smoother the first time I used it. Over time, it also helped to even out my skin tone. It’s a classic in the beauty world and there’s even a specific application method  (demonstrated well in this video). As a bonus, it makes me feel very French. Like all I need is my serum, a little moisturizer and a red lip. At $85 per 1 oz. bottle, it’s an investment, but one that will last you for months.

Lancome Visionnaire was the first serum I ever tried. The difference was immediately noticeable — I had a new glow. I didn’t like the scent of this one — too floral for me. Fragrance is so personal and I’ve read reviews from women who LOVE the scent of this. It’s not for me. But if it doesn’t bother you, I’d highly recommend Visionnaire. This is another splurge — a 1 oz. bottle will run you $89 (there’s also a smaller bottle for $69). Also by Lancome, the innovative Dreamtone Corrector Serum ($98) is a great option if you have dark spots or uneven skin tone.

I’ve sampled L’Oreal Youth Code, but have yet to try a full size. It addresses the same issues as the other two, but at a much lower price point (just $24.99 at your local drugstore or Target). Another inexpensive option is Olay Regenerist lightweight serum, which retails for $22.99.

Stay beautiful,

Bethonie, S&P Beauty Contributor

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