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The Do-It-All Serums That Work As Hard As You Do

From acne-prone to aging skin, these are the serums you need.

Not everyone can be as dedicated as Korean women when it comes to their 10-step skincare routine. If you are pressed for time, hard-working multitasking serums that combat more than one skincare issue are your best friends. Want hydrated and brighter skin or more lifted and less pigmented skin? These are the power packed formulations that penetrate your skin quickly and have a multi-prong approach to target your concerns.

Allies Of Skin Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum, $105 for 30ml 
Not only does this hyaluronic acid serum hydrate your tired skin, it strengthens your skin’s barrier to better retain moisture. Supercharged with the optimal amount of 5 per cent Resveratrol Ferment and 2 per cent Superoxide Dismutase, the antioxidants speed up the healing of skin while reducing inflammation and work on rebuilding damaged skin. The strawberry fruit extract also helps prevents enzymes from breaking down natural hyaluronic acid, so dehydrated skin becomes more plump and dewy. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum, about $122 for 30ml, at Net-A-Porter
If you’ve only got the energy to apply one item before you pass out after a long day, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Ferulic + Retinol Overnight Serum is it. With a trifecta of retinol that boosts skin’s ability to repair itself, plant-based antioxidant ferulic acid and niacinamide that brightens skin, it firms and fights wrinkles while you sleep. Wake up looking refreshed with smoother-looking skin. Caudalie Premier Cru Elixir, $115 for 30ml
This patented half-oil, half-serum formula is fast-absorbing and fights the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A favourite of Meghan Markle’s, this nourishing luxurious serum is made from five plant oils and Caudalie’s three signature ingredients — resveratrol, viniferine, and polyphenols — to improve the firmness, elasticity and texture of skin. It also has the calming scent of rose and oak to soothe your senses. Lapothicell Tone Up & Clear Serum, $48 for 30ml
This brightening serum gives skin a dewy and illuminating glow with its highly concentrated mix of hydrating pearl extract, tranexamic acid that suppresses the production of pigmentation and niacinamide that has skin brightening effects. The quick absorbing serum has a silky velvety finish to create a nourishing barrier for your skin. Dr. Wu Daily Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid, $49.90 for 15ml
This new and improved serum is gentle on skin while targeting all epidermal layers with its golden ratio of mandelic acid, salicylic acid and pyruvic acid. Skin regeneration is given a boost with this serum that works to give you flawless and smooth skin by reducing acne, blackheads and dullness. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum, $114 for 50ml 
Say goodbye to a puffy face and double chin with this featherlight serum. Not only does it hydrate the skin and helps fend off early signs of ageing, it also drains water retention from the skin thanks to Guarana, Zerumbet Ginger and Kaki plant extracts. Over time, this serum helps your skin fight against fat, reduces puffiness and visibly firms facial features to get you looking one step closer to perfectly sculpted facial contours. Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum, $188 for 30ml
Harnessing the rejuvenating and antioxidant energy of the buds of plum blossoms, this moisture replenishing serum fights against the first signs of aging and makes skin more resilient against environmental aggressors. The antioxidants helps skin look more translucent while components from five germinated fruits and seeds, including orange and yuzu, give skin a radiant and healthy glow. Lu Ming Tang Tea Bio-Shield Finishing Super Serum, $128
Best used right before you apply makeup, this serum is supercharged with fermented nutrients and shields skin from pollution and UV radiation by boosting skin’s natural ability to neutralise oxidation stress. With Lu Ming Tang’s Bio-Remedy™ Trio-Complex, potent Xishuangbanna Pu’Er Tea essence from Yunnan province and New Skin CS+ technology, the minerals and amino acids also aid in skin regeneration to fight dullness, dehydration and lack of firmness.