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Beauty Editor Moh Shuying Recommends These 4 Pre-Serums For Skin That Glows

Why these pre-serums are part of our list of top 20 serums this November: They prep skin to absorb the following skincare products better; improves cell renewal; and helps detoxify skin. See our associate beauty editor Moh Shuying’s list of the best ones to try now.

#1: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex, $115
Infused with the brand’s Jaum Balancing Complex, this has five herbs working in tandem to help achieve skin harmony: peony to soothe, sacred lotus to moisturise and brighten, Solomon’s seal to boost elasticity, white lily to calm and nourish, and rehmannia to stimulate circulation and even skin tone. The sum of these effects? Balanced skin that’s better prepared to absorb the benefits of the rest of your skincare. #2: Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $95
Targeted at skin’s protective barrier, this boosts its ability to repair and renew thanks to a probiotic complex that’s said to support skin’s natural defences, and sea fennel plant extract that promises to pump up cell renewal, smooth and brighten. That’s not all: Grasswort extract hydrates and prevents moisture loss, another important factor that fortifies your skin. #3: Dr Ci:Labo Aqua-in-derm Dounyu Essence, $96
Like the hit TLC song, this is perfect when you want “no scrub”. Caviar lime and grape juice extract help get rid of surface dead skin cells, which cause roughness and prevent ingredients from the rest of your skincare from effectively entering skin. This in turn promises to soften and detoxify stressed, tired-looking skin, leaving a more robust, luminous complexion. #4: Cle de Peau Beaute Le Serum, $420
This works on a simple premise: Give your skin cells a stable environment to grow, and they’ll be healthy. To nourish the complexion, it boasts a cocktail of ingredients, including amino acid-rich yeast extract and Chai Hu herb extract. The result is a fix-all that works on everything from blackheads to breakouts, and leaves skin fresh and glowing. Bonus: The lightweight gel texture spreads on like water and gets absorbed just as easily. For the holiday season, the brand is releasing a limited edition Rosalie version of this popular serum, with its bottle dressed up in a ruby shade. Main image: An adapted version first appeared in Female’s November issue.  Like this? Check out the best travel-sized beauty products to take on your next flight.