We don’t have to tell you the first rule of bodycare (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate), but it goes without saying that for some, retaining the benefits that come with many lotions and moisturizers is hard work. For those with exceptionally stubborn skin problems, particularly pertaining to skin moisture and texture, circumstances may instead call for a body serum, which comes formulated with a few extra key ingredients to ensure hydration and other skin benefits such as skin renewal, and stick.
Body serums sound intense and confusing, we know — but they’ve proven easy to incorporate into your beauty routine (for the most part, you apply them to the skin like you would a moisturizer, and most absorb quickly into the skin). Then, they work similar to their counterparts for the face, offering more potent blends of all the ingredients your skin loves, such as retinol and exfoliating acids, and treating your body to the same benefits of resurfacing and restoration your face has likely long-enjoyed with your skincare routine.
Contrary to misunderstanding, they’re meant to work with your moisturizer rather than replace it, aiding in the process of skin lipid renewal to ensure newfound skin hydration and smooth texture actually lasts. As they’re able to penetrate the skin more effectively than lotions and moisturizers and often come packed with lactic acids, salicylic acids, and other highly-effective ingredients, they’ve become go-to daily solutions for those battling skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris as well.
Whether you’re just looking to upgrade your bodycare routine or are looking for products to tackle stubborn skin problems, skincare lovers have already declared body serum options from brands such as Topicals and Necessaire as must-tries. See them all below.
Paula’s Choice 5% Niacinamide Body Serum
This niacinamide and d-panthenol infused body serum from Paula’s Ch0ice comes with a lightweight consistency that doesn’t overpower or irritate the skin, using its aforementioned active ingredients to tackle uneven skin tone and discoloration.
Not often do you come across bodycare products boasting skin-plumping properties, but Cay Skin’s body serum is just that, thanks to an omega oil blend. With sea moss, aloe stem cells and evening primrose, expect heaps of hydration, and as a result, super soft skin, too.
Whether your most persistent skin concerns include incessant dryness or skin conditions such as Keratosis pilaris, The Established’s body serum comes packed with natural ingredients ready to help. Using camellia seed, calendula extract, and licorice root, it poses a formula in-grown hairs finally don’t stand a chance against as well.
Grab this if you’re looking for a body serum that will have dry patches and bumps immediately on their way out the door. Backed with retinol and AHAs, it boasts a potent, yet non-irritating formula that ultimately leave skin with a silky soft texture.
While most skin serums cater to all-over use, this one is a holy grail for focusing on intimate areas. Primed for daily use, it uses aloe vera, Vitamin E and coconut oil to smooth and moisturize those areas you may forget need it.