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13 Best Antioxidant Serums That’ll Tackle Multiple Skin Concerns At Once

Now that you have all the info, it’s time to put antioxidants to the test. Below, take a look at some of the best antioxidant-fueled serums that derms and Allure editors alike are fans of.

Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum

Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum

One of Dr. Wang’s favorite antioxidant serums is, without a doubt, Tatcha’s Violet-C Brightening Serum. “In addition to containing a few active forms of vitamin C, it also contains various antioxidant-rich phytoextracts,” he says. He also notes that this serum also has skin-conditioning benefits, thanks to the addition of hydrating hyaluronic acid and moisture-retaining glycerin.

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

For less than $10, The Ordinary’s Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% is pretty impressive when it comes to reducing the look of dark spots and uneven skin tone. As its name suggests, this serum provides a double dose of antioxidant protection to guard skin against free radical damage while addressing pigmentation concerns.

Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum

Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum

Lancôme’s Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum is such a hit within the Allure office that it won a Best of Beauty Award in 2022 for its oxidation-reducing formula. This potent skin-care elixir targets dullness, dry skin, and environmental aggressors with a heavy-hitting blend of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, and ferulic acid. It basically checks off every skin-care benefit we could think of, so how could we not love it?

Eau Thermale Avène A-Oxitive Antioxidant Defense Serum

Eau Thermale Avène A-Oxitive Antioxidant Defense Serum

Dr. Wang also suggests grabbing Eau Thermale Avène’s A-Oxitive Antioxidant Defense Serum, which has an intensive antioxidant mix of vitamins C and E that’s suitable for sensitive skin types. “This product absorbs quickly into the skin and contains thermal spring water, which has anti-inflammatory properties,” he says.

Ren Skincare Glow and Protect Serum

REN Skincare Glow and Protect Serum

Ren Skincare’s Glow and Protect Serum is powered by kakadu plum extract, which is rich in discoloration- and dullness-reducing vitamin C, but that’s not the only reason why Dr. Greenfield says it’s one of her favorite formulas. This intensive serum partners the additive with vitamin E and pomegranate-derived polyphenols for a hefty dose of antioxidants in just a few drops. “This serum has a powerful combination of antioxidants combined in a formulation that provides protection against some of the most damaging environmental toxins and can even skin tone in as little as 2 weeks,” she says.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

If we had a dollar for every time a dermatologist recommended the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum to us, we’d be rolling in dough right now. We’re not kidding: it’s one of the most-used skin-care products amongst dermatologists, so they’re actually fans of the product. This game-changing vitamin C, E, and ferulic acid serum became the most derm-beloved formula for its trifecta of antioxidants. Together, these ingredients address concerns like skin texture, tone, and sun damage — no wonder it’s a five-time Allure Best of Beauty and Readers’ Choice Award winner

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

Want an intensive exfoliating serum? Look no further than Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum, a glycolic acid-based formula that’s practically made for acne-prone skin. On top of the skin-tightening alpha hydroxy acid, this serum also contains pore-unclogging salicylic acid to tackle blemishes and breakouts while antioxidant-rich raspberry extract soothes and replenishes moisture.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Dullness and dark spots are no match for Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum. This rich, cream-like serum utilizes a stabilized version of vitamin C known as THD ascorbate to boost your complexion’s radiance while moisturizing skin and reducing the look of discoloration.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

If you’re on the hunt for a dermatologist-approved drugstore serum, Dr. Wang says to try CeraVe’s Resurfacing Retinol Serum. “This product contains vitamin B3 [also known as niacinamide] and retinol, which is actually a vitamin A derivative,” he says. Those who are sensitive to retinol’s intensive properties will be happy to know that this formulation encapsulates the ingredient in soothing, conditioning ceramides and hyaluronic acid to reduce any chances of irritation.

Topicals Faded Serum

Topicals Faded Serum

You’ve probably spotted the Topicals Faded Serum somewhere on your TikTok FYP, and that’s not just because the brand has pretty packaging. This creamy serum contains tranexamic acid, an antioxidant known for its dark mark-fading properties, and kojic acid, another exfoliating additive that targets hyperpigmentation.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum SPF 50

Dr. Wang calls La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum SPF 50 the “one-stop-shop” of antioxidant serums. “In addition to vitamins C and E, this serum contains scutellaria baicalensis root extract, which is potent in antioxidants,” he says. “Best of all, it already contains broad-spectrum SPF 50.”

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Serum

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Serum

If brightening, moisturizing, firming, and tone-evening benefits are all a must for you, allow us to introduce you to the Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Serum. This serum covers all your bases with an intensive blend of, you guessed it, antioxidants. Along with vitamin C, the serum is infused with vitamin E to defend the skin against environmental aggressors while coenzyme Q10 calms the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Not to mention, it also contains ceramides to replenish moisture and support the skin barrier.

Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum

Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum

Dr. Greenfield says Vichy’s Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum is the perfect addition to any sensitive skin type’s routine since it contains a powerful 15 percent vitamin C formula that won’t lead to irritation or redness. This formulation also contains vitamin E to boost the serum’s efficacy and polyphenols for moisture retention.