Over and Under $100: The Best Anti-Ageing Serums
When it comes to beauty, you have to pick and choose where you spend your money. Maybe you’re all about that perfect complexion, so you splurge on foundation and concealer but save on liner and mascara. Or perhaps you can’t resist luxurious cleansers, so you spend less on other skin products, like moisturiser. If that’s you, shop the first half of this story. But if you love a good night cream and are willing to pay for one that works, you’ll find your top picks in the bottom half. Either way, there’s an anti-ageing serum for every budget—scroll through for 16 of the best!
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% ($18)
An effective retinol for just $18? It sounds too good to be true, but the beauty of Deciem's The Ordinary products is that they're made with very few ingredients that are also cheap to source, which means more money in your pocket. This also means less worry about skin-damaging additives and chemicals. It's simplicity at its finest.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum ($43)
Say goodbye to stubborn wrinkles with Neutrogena’s accelerated retinol formula. This product will smooth fine lines and reduce deeper wrinkles like crow’s-feet and worry lines. Hyaluronic acid plumps and rejuvenates the skin while retinol renews, tightens, and brightens the complexion.
Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough ($59)
Perfect for those who prefer lightweight formulas, this oil-free serum hydrates stressed and ageing skin. It delivers ingredients that improve elasticity and reduce under-eye bags, dark circles, and signs of environmental damage. Plus, chaparral extract minimises unwanted facial hair (bonus!).
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster ($104)
Touted as a "daily multivitamin" for the skin, this high concentration of vitamin C boosts collagen and rejuvenates the skin virtually overnight. Green tea goes to work to help fend off free radicals and promote a more youthful complexion in the long term.
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum ($128)
Talk about beauty sleep: This combination of brightening and clarifying ingredients goes to work at night while your skin naturally repairs itself from the day's wear and tear, acting as a powerful sidekick duo.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($150)
This advanced-repair serum fights all key signs of visible ageing by maximising the skin’s natural ability to renew itself overnight. With Estée Lauder’s exclusive ChronoluxCB technology (to get technical), the appearance of lines and wrinkles is reduced, and skin is left more hydrated, radiant, and even-toned.
Shani Darden Resurface ($128)
Ask any age-defying celebrity what her favourite serum is, and the response would most likely be Hollywood aesthetician Shani Darden's heavy-hitting retinol blend. Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley credit the formula for their glowing complexions, and for what it's worth, Team Byrdie is quite fond of its plumping and brightening abilities.
Caudalíe Premier Cru The Elixir ($115)
Half oil and half serum, this elixir provides the powerful, targeted effects of a serum with the luxurious and nourishing benefits of an oil (and it smells like rose and oak). It lifts, firms, brightens, and nourishes all skin types while providing a perfect complement to whichever moisturiser you layer on after.
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