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NEW YEAR, NEW SKIN
The serums to help you usher in 2022 with a clear complexion
Goals Multi Acids & Probiotics Perfecting Night Serum, $58, PSA
Packed with an exfoliating cocktail of glycolic acid, lactic acid, pyruvic acid, beta-hydroxy acid and polyhydroxy acid (PHA), this potent serum works on reducing the look of dark spots and imperfections while you snooze. It also has niacinamide, tamanu oil, white tea and green tea complexes, and probiotics to help keep skin balanced and protected from environmental aggressors.
Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum, $116, Drunk Elephant
Formulated to strengthen skin and boost skin renewal, this day and night serum is packed with 10 percent exfoliating lactic acid along with 11 types of peptides to help build a healthier skin barrier. Hydrating ingredients such as snow mushroom extract and sodium hyaluronate keep skin plump, while antioxidant-rich green tea seed oil and marula oil protect and soothe skin.
Advanced Retinol+Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum, $108, Dr Dennis Gross
Harnessing the skin-renewing properties of retinol, bakuchiol and ferulic acid, this serum works on building collagen, fading dark spots and smoothing skin for a more even complexion. Squalane and hyaluronic acid help restore the skin’s hydration to keep it looking fresh and healthy.
LumiWhite 10% PHA Resurfacing Glow Serum, $168, ést.lab
This chemical exfoliator with 10 percent PHA gently rids surface dead skin cells sans irritation. Glucuronolactone, an antioxidant, offers protection against urban pollution, while gallic acid, ellagic acid and vitamin C stimulate collagen production and boost the skin’s radiance.
Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum, $130, Kiehl’s
You can now reap the benefits of retinol, touted as the anti-ageing ingredient thanks to its established skin-renewal properties and ability to improve skin density, without the uncomfortable side effects such as dryness and skin sensitivity. Formulated with calibrated amounts of retinol to yield the best results sans potential reactions, this serum is gentle enough for daily use and is also suitable for those with sensitive skin.