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Each passing year adds not just to our age but also to ageing effects as seen on our skins. 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 through anti-ageing serums. That’s why, we’ve rounded up the 23 best anti-ageing serums to restore your skin’s glow – all within your budget!

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Best anti-ageing serums: S$20 to S$50

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

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For those who are looking for a serum that targets not only ageing but dehydrated skin, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is the product for you.

This 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$25 on Sephora.

Avéne Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum

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Wrinkles and fine lines can look visibly worse on dry and tight skin, which is why many anti-ageing products also feature hydrating ingredients to combat this issue. And one of them is the Avéne Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum.

Containing a high concentration of their 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$79.90 at Watsons.

Hada-Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion

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A more affordable option for a hydrating serum would be the Hada-Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion. It combines five types of hyaluronic acid (HA), one of the most powerful hydrating ingredients, including regular HA, Super HA, Nano HA, Absorbent HA and 3D HA to deliver instant hydration to the skin.

The five types of hyaluronic acid work together to lock in moisture and instantly hydrate the skin from the surface to deeper levels.

Shop this anti-ageing serum for S$19.92 instead of S$24.90 on Watsons

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop

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Fans of K-beauty will have already heard about the popular Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop from Dear, Klairs. Containing 5% L-ascorbic acid, this serum is perfect for those who would like the benefits of vitamin C but are concerned that a high concentration would irritate their sensitive skin.

The vitamin C in this serum is also specially formulated to remain stable so you don’t have to worry about it oxidising even if it is contained in a clear bottle.

The Centella Asiatica extract in the ingredients 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$28.61 on iHerb, or S$21.65 on Guardian

Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum

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Paula’s Choice is known for effective, research-based skincare so you know their products can be trusted to deliver what they claim to do!

The RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum is 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.  

COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid (Discontinued) 

Another K-beauty option from the cult favourite brand COSRX, the Triple C Lightning Liquid is a collaboration between the brand and famed South Korean esthetician Charlotte Cho. The serum contains 20.5% L-ascorbic acid and 72% black chokeberry, which serves to stabilise the vitamin C and ensure its potency.

This anti-ageing serum has been discontinued by COSRX as of July 2020. 

Best anti-ageing serums: S$50 to S$100

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum

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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 un-encapsulated retinol. This means that you can be sure that you are getting the highest possible potency from the serum.

The Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum retails for S$81 for 30 capsules and S$153 for 60 capsules, available at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide.

You can also shop this anti-ageing serum on Lazada or Zalora.

Kiehl’s Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate

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Kiehl’s prides itself on using unique natural ingredients specially formulated to target different skin needs. products 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, the 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 serum for S$72.26 (50ml) or S$142 (100ml) on Amazon. 

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum

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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 is triple charged with encapsulated ginseng oil, ginseng root extract, and ginseng flower extract to smooth out fine lines, lock in moisture and improve skin elasticity.

Shop the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum for S$83 (15ml) or S$265 (50ml) on Sephora

Best anti-ageing serums: S$100 to S$200

Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum

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By now, you can already tell that retinol and vitamin C is the ultimate duo when it comes to anti-ageing, and you’ll find both of them as the key ingredients in Kate Somerville’s +Retinol Vita C Power Serum.

The serum also contains plant extracts and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate the skin, offsetting the dryness that may occur when using retinol. With such a potent combination, it is no wonder this product is considered one of the best anti-ageing serums you can find.

Shop the Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum for S$150.55 on Amazon

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum

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The Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum is a concentrated retinol treatment 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 formula 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$128 on Sephora.

Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum

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Vitamin C has been proven to be an antioxidant with particularly powerful anti-ageing properties, and if you are looking for a vitamin C serum, you can’t go wrong with the ever-popular Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum.

It contains a highly concentrated formula with two types of vitamin C to blur any dark spots and discolouration, and brighten up your 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$140 on Sephora.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate

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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 this specific problem for city dwellers. The concentrated antioxidants that are pure ferulic acid and vitamin E in the serum fight off free radicals and slow down the process of ageing in our skin.

Shop the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate for S$120 at all Lancome counters and on Sephora.

Dior Capture Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil-Serum

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If the name of this product hasn’t clued you in, it is an anti-ageing serum, and it takes its job very seriously. The fatty acids in the ingredients repair the skin’s moisture barrier and restore its elasticity, while the Argan oil instantly nourishes the skin.

Shop the Dior Capture Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil-Serum (30ml) for S$160 on Sephora.

Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum

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An ideal anti-ageing serum for those who prefer a more natural list of 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 S$163 on Sephora, or approx. S$145 on Net-a-Porter

Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum

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Another great find for those looking for natural ingredients in their 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$110 on Sephora

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

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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, the 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. 

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum

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When exposed to light and air, vitamin C could oxidise and lose its potency, which means you only get about a few months’ worth 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 the Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum for S$149 on Sephora.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum

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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 it smooth and ready to absorb the essential nutrients in the serum.

Shop the Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum for S$112 on Sephora or Shopee

Best anti-ageing serums: above S$200

Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum

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For an anti-ageing treatment serum on a more luxurious side, the Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum 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.

The active ingredients in the serum are contained inside microbeads, which burst upon being dispersed, ensuring their maximum potency when applied to your skin.

Shop the Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum (50ml) for S$237 on Amazon

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster

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Another 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! This is definitely considered one of the best anti-ageing serums you can find in the market.

The La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster (50ml) retails for S$302.47 on Amazon, and S$347.39 on Lazada

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

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If you want an all-in-one serum that targets all kinds of age-related skin issues, definitely consider the Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. The serum 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 serum that nourishes, soothes, protects and regenerates the cells for the ultimate healthy and radiant skin.

Shop this serum for S$268 on Naturally Better Co., or S$260 on Shopee

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

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Looking for a vitamin C serum that is backed by years of peer-reviewed research? SkinCeuticals’s C E Ferulic is the serum 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 the vitamin C in the ingredients.

Shop the C E Ferulic for S$258 on SkinCeuticals or at SkinCeuticals retailers.

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