2020 might have sucked, but we can give it this: It was a great year for skincare. By that, we mean it became a grand opportunity for us to pay more attention to our skin, be it through enjoying the routine more or upgrading our regimens with better products. Speaking of products though, this year definitely went beyond our expectations with all the good product releases. Serums have by far been our favorite to test—and as a result, we were able to round up the 10 best serums that stood out for us in 2020. Check them out below:
Best Serums 2020
1. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Multi-Recovery Complex
This serum was reformulated just this 2020, and it was definitely the upgrade it deserved. It now comes in a glass bottle, and the serum itself feels more lightweight and absorbs like a dream. Its best features? Faster repair, longer lasting hydration, and instant firming.
Advanced Night Repair Multi-Recovery Complex, P4350, ESTEE LAUDER, SM Mall of Asia
2. Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum
If you're looking for a luxurious night serum that brightens, evens out skin tone, plumps, and leaves you glowing for hours, this would be a worthy contender. It contains flower extracts that help regenerate the skin, plus niacinamide and hyaluronic acid for well-rounded care.
Capture Totale Super Potent Serum, P4950, DIOR, SM Makati
3. Innisfree Toning Serum
This product is probably the most fuss-free one we've tried this year. It has all the essentials for a day serum: Low-molecular hyaluronic acid for hydration, vitamin C and niacinamide for brightening, and a water-light texture that'll make you forget you even put anything on.
Toning Serum, price unavailable, INNISFREE, SM North Edsa
4. Ellana Clear Skin Clarifying Serum
Oily-skinned guys and girls, listen up. This serum from local brand Ellana helps control oil while giving you the minimal hydration you need. It helps soothe your skin during a breakout as well, minimizing visible redness.
Clear Skin Clarifying Serum, P1200, ELLANA, ellanacosmetics.com
5. Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule
Mugwort is the trendy K-beauty ingredient we just know we'll hear more about in the coming year. It's great for calming down inflamed skin, and this ampoule contains a whopping 85% of it. Next to soothing irritation, it also works double time to brighten and provide skin barrier protection.
Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule, P1399, ISNTREE, seekspace.co
6. Jumiso All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum
This serum has a vitamin tree extract base instead of water, so it feels extra nourishing than your average formula. With ingredients like centella asiatica extract, niacinamide, vitamins A to E and K, it helps encourage healing and evens out the skin tone for a healthier, balanced feel.
All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum, P1200, JUMISO, gobloomandglow.com
7. Kiehl's Vital Skin-Strengthening Serum
The hyaluronic acid serum contains the smallest form of the ingredient that Kiehl's has called 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid. This means it can penetrate the layers of the skin better to plump, strengthen, and prevent signs of aging.
Vital Skin-Strengthening Serum, P3200, KIEHL'S, Lazada
8. L'Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Eye Serum
This may be an eye serum, but we'll gladly use this product all over our face. It wakes our peepers right up (it has caffeine!), and has the perfect balance of oil and serum to be hydrating yet also incredibly light.
Immortelle Overnight Reset Eye Serum, P3300, L'OCCITANE, Rustan's
9. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
Thinking about introducing retinol into your routine? Go for this no-fuss one from Murad, which packs a punch for helping smooth fine lines and improving your overall skin texture and tone.
Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, P5050, MURAD, Rustan's
10. Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Contour Serum
This retinol-infused serum can provide the deep wrinkle care you need while visibly reducing the look of sagging skin. It uses ReNeura Technology+ to maintain this effect, and has algae extracts that "fill" in the wrinkles to make your skin look smoother.
Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Contour Serum, P5100, SHISEIDO, Rustan's