5 serums that'll support your skin through the ageing process

Your ticket for a graceful and long journey

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 27 2024

Anti-ageing is a touchy term in the skin care community. At its core it speaks to an archaic sensibility that somehow we're attempting to turn back the very hands of time every time we slather on our skin care. 

But despite the history of the term 'anti-ageing', the skin care of today associated with the category speaks to a contemporary desire to take care of oneself, and aging gracefully in the process. 

Anti-ageing serums in particular tend to be formulated with ingredients that bolster the skin's natural functions and optimise it's resilience, resulting in a firmer, plumper, more radiant and hydrated complexion — the undeniable hall marks of a more youthful appearance. 

So, if you're interested in supporting your skin through this long journey we call life, a serum for anti-ageing might just be the ticket — here are a handful of the very best in the category.

2024's Top 3 Best Serums For Anti-Ageing

1. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, $140, Adore Beauty
2. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, $135, Adore Beauty
3. Clarins Double Serum, $120, Adore Beauty

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
from $140 at Adore Beauty

Enhanced with a complex of seven pre and probiotics, hyaluronic acid and vitamin CG, this strengthening serum improves texture, radiance, elasticity and firmness by reinforcing the skin's barrier function. 

Key features:

Enriched with pre and probiotics, hyaluronic acid and vitamin CG
Reinforces the skin's natural barrier function
Strengthens skin's defence against environmental aggressors
Improves texture, radiance, elasticity and firmness

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
from $135 at Adore Beauty

Formulated to restore skin while you sleep, this serum contains a patented tripeptide-32 complex, which creates the optimum conditions required for the skin's natural turnover function to do what it does best. Upon waking you should notice an improvement in the firmness and tone of your skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, the addition of hyaluronic acid helps to address the signs of a dull and dehydrated complexion.

Key features:

Contains tripeptide-32 and hyaluronic acid
Restores skin while you sleep
Improves firmness and tone
Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Hydrates dull and dehydrated skin

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Clarins Double Serum
from $120 at Adore Beauty

This dual-phase formula is like two serums in one, which are separated in the bottle but combined when you pump to apply. The serum's intention? To address the vital functions of the skin for a radiant and firmer complexion using 21 active plant extracts (including the serum's hero ingredient turmeric).

Key features:

Two serums in one (pump to combine)
Infused with 21 plant extracts
Firms skin
Enhances radiance
Smooths fine lines and wrinkles

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
from $139 at Adore Beauty

Although this pick is technically an essence, we'd argue it could replace a serum if your skin's on the oilier side, otherwise it's the perfect product to prep skin with, if you like to layer your serums. It contains SK-II's signature Pitera, which acts as a natural moisturising factor and supports the skin's natural regenerative process. Plus, thanks to its water-like consistency, it penetrates deep to enhance efficacy.

Key features:

Contains SK-II's signature Pitera
Uses natural moisturising factors to support the skin's natural functions
Promotes a firmer complexion
Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
Reduces pore size
Enhances radiance

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COSRX The 6 Peptide Skin Booster Serum
from $40.04 at Amazon Australia

K-Beauty brand COSRX combines a blend of peptides, hyaluronic acids, amino acids and neo-glucosamine to help address pore size, sebum regulation, firmness, fine lines, texture and tone. The skin booster has been formulated to act as the first step in your skin care routine and as a base, prepping skin for all your other serums. 

Key features:

Contains peptides, hyaluronic acids, amino acids and neo-glucosamine
Addresses pore size and sebum regulation
Helps to firm skin and smooth fine lines
Improves uneven texture and tone
Preps skin for other serums

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What is the best face serum for anti-ageing?

Ageing is an inevitability, but a consistent skin care routine can support your skin's natural functions, helping you to age gracefully. Finding a face serum that optimises the skin's natural moisture barrier function and skin turnover, is always a great place to start as this is what is going to enhance radiance, firmness, plumpness and hydration AKA the defining features of a youthful appearance. 

Main image credit: @ana_d_armas

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Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).

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