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Best Face Serums for Fall Skincare

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 14, 2020
Best Face Serums for Fall Skincare

Start the season with the best face serums for fall

Fall is a season of transitions. We’re heading back to (Zoom) school, changing out of our summer hats and into beanies, and most importantly, transitioning our skin care routine to adjust to the cool fall air as we say goodbye to warm summer days. And if you haven’t started on that last part yet, don’t worry… because it all starts with a serum.

These skin care essentials are one of our underrated favorites that we love to talk about, as they’re extremely simple, yet pack a lot of power. Typically applied to the skin after cleansing and before moisturizing, a face serum is made up of very small molecules, and contains active ingredients that are absorbed quickly and easily into the skin. This treats a variety of issues like dullness, wrinkles and lack of moisture… all the things that sadly strike your skin as we enter a new season.

But you can still enjoy your pumpkin spice lattes and spooky decorations without having to worry about the crisp fall air drying or dulling out your skin, as we’ve put together our favorite face serums for each skin type to get you through the fall.

Dry Skin

B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum by Drunk Elephant, $48

B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum by Drunk Elephant
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The secret to an incredible face serum for fall? Balance. You want a serum that’s lightweight enough to take care of your skin in the transition to cooler weather, but still heavy enough to have an effect on moody fall days. Look no further than the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum by one of your favorite skin care brands ever, Drunk Elephant. B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum is a tall glass of water for your skin, and somehow a fruit and veggie smoothie at the same time. This lightweight serum contains an innovative antioxidant complex of watermelon/apple/lentil to deliver all day hydration and fix the appearance of dull or uneven skin, along with other ingredients to attract moisture to the surface and keep your complexion looking healthy and hydrated all through fall.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Neutrogena, $21

Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

“I have loved this. I also use the face wash, both so smooth and make your skin feel amazing. Also helped my breakouts so much! 10000/10 recommended.” Anybody with dry skin knows that hyaluronic acid is the skin care essential you need in your life. The substance is naturally produced by the body, and attracts moisture while locking it into the skin - creating the dewy complexion of your dreams. That’s why our friends with dry skin need the Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Neutrogena for the fall, when skin tends to get even drier. It’s lightweight, gentle on the skin, hydrates like a dream and works well alongside Neutrogena’s other Hydro Boost beauty products for a major moisture surge.  

Oily Skin

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment by Sunday Riley, $158

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment by Sunday Riley
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We could go on and on about the power of AHA’s in skin care, and we definitely do… but the bottom line is that it’s a beauty essential that treats a variety of complexion issues, especially for those with oily skin. Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is a cult favorite face serum that boosts the exfoliation process, removing dirt, oil, and other impurities from beneath the surface to restore your natural glow, as well as treat and prevent acne. Your pores will be smaller, your breakouts gone, and brightness instantly restored. And that’s not all, it even has anti-aging effects! AHA’s stimulate the production of collagen, which fills in fine lines and helps restore your youthful radiance in just 3 minutes. And that’s clinically proven, by the way… so grab this face serum and get ready to look young, fresh, and clear-skinned all season.

Peach Sake Pore Serum by Skinfood, $16

Peach Sake Pore Serum by Skinfood
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Yeah sure, peaches are supposed to be in season during spring and summer… but fall is the ideal time for this face serum by Skinfood. Peach Sake Pore Serum contains rice sake and peach extracts rich in Vitamins A and C, helping to reduce free radical damage. Like you know, any sun exposure that did your skin a bit dirty over the summer. It also helps prevent acne and even repairs acne scars, proving that this beauty product has serious power to regenerate your skin when you need it the most.

Combination Skin

Resurfacing Serum by Tata Harper, $88

Resurfacing Serum by Tata Harper
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When you think about it, combination skin and the fall season are pretty similar. When they’re good, they’re really good (pumpkin spice lattes, are we right?), but both can be a bit moody and change overnight. Like fall rain after a sunny day or a morning breakout even after you’ve been religiously doing your skin care routine. Ugh. But there are plenty of skin care brands out there that understand the combination skin struggle, and the Resurfacing Serum by Tatcha is ideal for brightening, refining, and evening out your skin while it gets used to the new season. This face serum contains an AHA Superfruit Blend to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, bringing your glow back even on the dullest days… along with other powerful ingredients. BHA from White Willow Bark will minimize your pores and clear up acne in the oily spots of your face, while Vitamin C brightens up discoloration and fights free radicals for a complexion worthy of your first fall selfie.

Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by L’Oreal, $30

Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by L’Oreal
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We’re back with more hyaluronic acid, because it’s seriously the best skin care ingredient to beat dry skin this fall. And also any other day, ever. With nearly perfect ratings for brightening, hydration, and reducing redness in the skin, this face serum by L’Oreal is here to help with all your hydration needs. Combination skin is generally super dry in certain areas, and oily in others… but you won’t have to worry about Revitalift creating an uneven balance or clogging your pores. Since HA is already found naturally within the body, it’s safe to use even on the most delicate skin types. In fact, it’s formulated with a blend of 0.5% high-molecular and 1% low-molecular (hence the name) hyaluronic acid to deeply absorb and retain moisture into the skin and create a glowing complexion. Seriously, beauty is a science. This face serum doesn’t just hydrate your skin, it also reduces redness and fine lines to give you younger, fresher-looking skin for fall.

Sensitive Skin

Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum by Fresh, $59

Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum by Fresh
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We’re a little bit obsessed with this face serum by Fresh. Not just because the packaging is super pretty and looks like a magical potion for your skin (which it definitely is,) but because it works on all skin types and treats a range of skin issues that can occur between seasons. From dryness and dullness to hyperpigmentation and acne scarring, this serum contains plant-derived squalane, water phase, and oil phase to protect your skin against moisture loss while helping to soothe, calm, and hydrate. 96% of community users say that Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum is ideal for sensitive skin, while those with this skin type agree that it’s incredibly lightweight and evens out your skin tone with ease. Use it to give your sensitive skin a visibly brighter, healthier, and more hydrated complexion this season.

Hydrating Milky Serum by Pixi Beauty, $32

Hydrating Milky Serum by Pixi Beauty
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It’s okay to be sensitive sometimes, especially when trying to shop for fall skincare beauty products after the weirdest summer ever. Where do you even start? Luckily, Pixi Beauty exists… and the skin care brand truly understands you and your need for a gentle face serum going into fall. Hydrating Milky Serum is formulated with natural ingredients like rose flower extract, jojoba oil, and aloe vera to nourish your skin and give you a luminous glow, without the heavy feeling that can feel odd on your sensitive skin. Especially in the summer-fall transition when the warm and cool air can’t seem to make up its mind, and starts wreaking havoc on your skin. Just add a few drops to your moisturizer or wear alone for an instant, lightweight boost of radiance.

Mature Skin

Advanced Night Repair by Estée Lauder, $100

Advanced Night Repair by Estée Lauder
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While we’re talking about face serums for fall here, there are a few beauty products that are so versatile and effective - they follow you through every season and trend. Advanced Night Repair is one of them. This cult favorite by Estée Lauder is applauded by skin care enthusiasts and MUA’s around the world, and while it’s an iconic beauty product for people of all ages and skin types… it has a magical effect on mature skin. Advanced Night Repair has been scientifically proven to reduce fine lines and signs of aging, restore hydration, and give skin a youthful, radiant glow, everything you need to make it a smooth transition from summer into fall.

Vitamin C Serum by Mad Hippie, $27

Vitamin C Serum by Mad Hippie
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You already know that Vitamin C is key, but did you know just how effective it is for mature skin? This skin care ingredient is known in the beauty world for its ability to treat discoloration and dullness, which it does to perfection, but it also has anti-aging abilities that result in less wrinkles and a more youthful appearance. Yes, please. But the Vitamin C Serum by Mad Hippie doesn’t only contain Vitamin C. It also has Vitamin E to reduce the appearance of fine lines, Hyaluronic Acid to add a boost of moisture, the powerful antioxidant Ferulic Acid, and many other nutrients that make it ideal for treating nearly every skin issue you can imagine. Especially in the fall as your skin becomes a bit more unpredictable.

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