Each passing year adds not just to our age but also to ageing effects as seen on our skin. Whether wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, or discolouration, what ageing does to our skin isn’t always what we’re used to – after all, who doesn’t like a radiant, plump, and youthful complexion?
While it’s impossible to stop time from passing, it’s possible to slow down its visible effects on our skin as much as possible using anti-ageing serums. That’s why, we’ve rounded up the best anti-ageing serums to restore your skin’s glow without burning a hole in your wallet!
Best anti-ageing serums: S$20 to S$50
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
For those who are looking for an anti-ageing serum that also targets dehydrated skin, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is the product for you.
This anti-ageing night serum is formulated using an exclusive technology called ChronoluxCB™, which encourages mature skin cells to repair themselves during nighttime.
The ingredients include antioxidants and a concentrated infusion of hyaluronic acid to prevent signs of ageing and bring a much-needed dose of intense hydration to your skin.
Shop this anti-ageing serum starting at S$27 on Sephora.
Hada-Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion
A more affordable option for a hydrating anti-ageing serum would be the Hada-Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion.
It combines five types of ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid (HA): regular HA, Super HA, Nano HA, Absorbent HA and 3D HA to deliver instant hydration to even mature skin. The five types of hyaluronic acid work together to lock in moisture and instantly hydrate ageing skin from the surface to deeper levels.
Shop this anti-ageing serum for S$26.90 on Watsons.
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop
Fans of K-beauty will have already heard about the popular Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop from Dear, Klairs.
More of a brightening serum than an anti-ageing serum, the Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop is still perfect for those who want to increase radiance on their mature skin. The serum contains 5% L-ascorbic acid, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of vitamin C without it being too harsh or irritating on skin that’s more sensitive.
The vitamin C in this serum is specially formulated to remain stable so you don’t have to worry about it oxidising even if it is contained in a clear bottle. Centella Asiatica extract also helps to calm acne and refine pores for an overall clear and even skin tone.
Shop the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop for S$34.09 on iHerb.
Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum
Paula’s Choice is known for effective, research-based skincare so you know this brand’s products can be trusted to deliver what they promise to do!
The RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum is an anti-ageing serum formulated to target wrinkles and uneven skin tone with pure retinol and potent antioxidants. The special packaging makes sure that the retinol remains stable and effective long after it is opened.
Shop this anti-ageing serum starting from S$20 on Paula’s Choice or Shopee.
Best anti-ageing serums: S$50 to S$100
Avéne Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum
Wrinkles and fine lines can look visibly worse on dry and tight skin, which is why many anti-ageing serums also feature hydrating ingredients to combat this issue. One of them is the Avéne Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum.
Containing a high concentration of the brand’s signature Avène Thermal Spring Water, this serum provides the skin with intense hydration and protects it from environmental aggressors.
Shop this anti-ageing serum for S$80.50 on Watsons.
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum
A member of Elizabeth Arden’s signature capsules serum line, the Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum contains retinol and ceramide, two of the most powerful anti-ageing ingredients in skincare.
Retinol helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture, while ceramide boosts the skin’s level of moisture, improving its elasticity and giving you a glowing, radiant complexion.
The capsules effectively retain the potency of retinol, which is 76% higher than unencapsulated retinol. This means that you can be sure that you are getting the highest possible potency from this anti-ageing night serum.
The Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum retails for S$63.90 (60 capsules) on Amazon. You can also shop for this anti-ageing serum on Lazada or Zalora.
Best anti-ageing serums: S$100 to S$200
Kiehl’s Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate
Kiehl’s prides itself on using unique natural ingredients specially formulated to target different skin needs, and the Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate is no different.
Containing yeast extract, which is an antioxidant that promotes the production of collagen and elastin, this anti-ageing serum helps to restore the skin’s elasticity and firmness as well as tighten enlarged pores. The extract is micro-filtered to improve absorption into the skin for maximum benefits.
Shop this anti-ageing serum for S$139 (50ml) on Amazon.
Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum
By now, you should be able to tell that retinol and vitamin C is the ultimate duo when it comes to anti-ageing. And, these are the exact two ingredients that you’ll find in Kate Somerville’s +Retinol Vita C Power Serum!
Besides the star ingredients, this anti-ageing serum also contains plant extracts and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate the skin; it offsets the dryness that may occur when using retinol.
With such a potent formula, it is no wonder this is one of the best anti-ageing serums you can find in Singapore.
Shop the Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum for S$159.03 on Amazon.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum
For an anti-ageing serum brimming with unique microbeads, look no further than the Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum. The active ingredients in this serum are contained inside microbeads, which burst upon being dispersed, ensuring their maximum potency when applied to your skin.
The formula also contains honey from the island of Ouessant and exclusive Royal Jelly to deliver visible anti-ageing results such as smoothing out fine lines, reducing the appearance of wrinkles as well as lifting and firming sagging skin.
Shop the Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum (30ml) for S$99 on Amazon.
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum
The Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum is a concentrated retinol serum specifically formulated to fight signs of ageing such as wrinkles, dark spots and dull, uneven skin tone.
Besides the 6.5% solution of retinoid blends and retinoid-alternative extracts, this powerful anti-ageing serum also contains Hawaiian white honey, cactus extract, and ginger to soothe and calm your skin.
Shop the Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum (30ml) for S$136 on Sephora.
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Vitamin C has been proven to be an antioxidant with particularly powerful anti-ageing properties. If you are looking for a serum that targets one effect of ageing – hyperpigmentation, you can’t go wrong with the ever-popular Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum.
More of a brightening than an anti-ageing serum, the product contains a highly concentrated formula of two types of vitamin C to blur any dark spots and discolouration, as well as brighten up the skin tone.
The 10% AHAs in the ingredients also help to soften and smooth out fine lines and rough texture, bringing back a radiant, youthful look to your skin.
Shop the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum (30ml) for S$146 on Sephora.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate
Living in a city like Singapore can be damaging to the skin what’s with environmental aggressors such as UVA rays, pollution, etc. These harmful factors trigger the production of free radicals in our bodies and exacerbate age-related skin issues.
The Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate is formulated to target the skin concerns of city dwellers. The anti-ageing serum contains concentrated antioxidants – pure ferulic acid and vitamin E – to fight off free radicals and slow down the process of ageing in our skin.
Shop the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate for S$121 (20ml) at all Lancome counters and on Sephora.
Dior Capture Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil-Serum
If the name of this product hasn’t clued you in, let us tell you: Dior Capture Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil-Serum is an anti-ageing serum, and it takes its job very seriously.
The fatty acids repair the skin’s moisture barrier and restore its elasticity, while argan oil instantly nourishes the skin.
Shop the Dior Capture Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil-Serum (30ml) for S$165 on Sephora.
Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum
Another great find for those looking for natural ingredients in their anti-ageing serum, the Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum contains Anogeissus – a type of African birch – and Bamboo Power Complex to protect your skin against visible signs of ageing.
Anogeissus has been used for hundreds of years by African tribes as a natural wound healer so you know that it works wonders as a regenerative, collagen-boosting skincare ingredient.
Shop the Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum starting from S$120 on Sephora.
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum
The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum features a blend of powerful collagen-boosting ingredients such as peptides, glucosamine and salicylic acid to help repair damage in the skin structure and improve skin texture.
Meanwhile, vitamin C and botanicals target discolouration and dark spots to brighten up your complexion. Whatever your anti-ageing concern is, this serum has all the solutions you need!
The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum retails starting from S$115 at Clinique counters in Singapore, including at TANGS.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum
When exposed to light and air, vitamin C could oxidise and lose its potency, which means you only get about a few months’ worths of use from your serum after opening the bottle. If this is your concern, definitely give the Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum a try.
It contains 20% THD Ascorbate, an ultra-stable form of vitamin C that is 50 times more powerful than traditional vitamin C, as well as vitamin E and ferulic acid to amplify its anti-ageing properties.
Shop this anti-ageing serum for S$161 on Sephora.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum
A cult favourite when it comes to vitamin C serums, the Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum hardly needs any introduction! The serum is well known for its effective anti-ageing properties as well as an ingredient list that contains nothing but elements that directly benefit our skin.
The combination of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and ferulic acid reduces the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles on the skin. At the same time, the pumpkin ferment extract and pomegranate enzyme help to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, leaving skin smooth and ready to absorb the essential nutrients in this brightening slash anti-ageing serum.
Shop the Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum for S$118 on Sephora.
Best anti-ageing serums: above S$200
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum Ex
Ginseng has been widely used in skincare, particularly in Asia, so it’s no surprise to find Sulwhasoo incorporating the incredibly nutritious Korean Red Ginseng in their anti-ageing products.
The Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum Ex is an anti-ageing serum that uses Ginsenomics™, a technology that makes use of saponin extracted from 1,000g of ginseng. The ginseng-equipped serum effectively smoothes out fine lines, locks in moisture, and improves skin elasticity.
Shop the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum for S$203 (50ml) instead of S$290 on Sephora.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum
An ideal anti-ageing serum for those who prefer natural ingredients, the Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum contains peptides from Spanish lavender and natural sugar polymers from larch trees.
If you have never heard of peptides, they are an amazing skincare ingredient for age-related issues.
Made up of amino acids, peptides provide the building blocks for collagen, elastin and keratin, all of which are responsible for maintaining the structure of our skin. Without peptides, our skin faces issues such as wrinkles and fine lines as well as loss of firmness.
Shop the Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum for US$229.75 (approximately S$307) on Net-a-Porter.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster
A luxurious anti-ageing serum, the La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is specifically formulated to target fine lines and wrinkles.
It can also help to improve skin texture, refine your pores, and hydrate the skin. The advanced formula guarantees to give you visibly smoother skin in just 15 days! The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is definitely one of the best anti-ageing serums you can find in Singapore.
The La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster (50ml) retails for S$453.60 on Shopee (currently sold out).
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
If you want an all-in-one serum that targets all kinds of age-related skin issues, definitely consider Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.
The formula features 22 nutrient-dense botanicals as active ingredients along with more than 60 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to give you a full spectrum of nutrition and benefits.
The result is a highly potent anti-ageing serum that nourishes, soothes, protects and regenerates the cells for the ultimate healthy and radiant skin.
Shop this anti-ageing serum for S$320 (30ml) on Shopee.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Looking for a brightening anti-ageing serum that’s backed by years of peer-reviewed research? SkinCeuticals’s C E Ferulic is the one for you!
One of the most popular vitamin C serums and the winner of many beauty awards, the C E Ferulic is definitely among the best choices when it comes to serums containing this ever-popular antioxidant.
Featuring 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), the C E Ferulic serum effectively combats issues such as wrinkles and dull skin tone. The 0.5% ferulic acid not only delivers anti-ageing properties on its own but also boosts the effectiveness of vitamin C in the ingredients.
Shop the C E Ferulic for S$280 on SkinCeuticals or at SkinCeuticals retailers.
Featured image credit: Dear, Klairs, Origins
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