On the surface, it’s easy to assume that summer is so not the season to add serum to your skincare routine. When the temps are in the triple digits, it’s a fresh face and not an oily one that everyone wants, and serums are — wait for it — oils. But you might be surprised to learn all of the hidden benefits serums have to help tone and balance your skin, making it the perfect warm weather antidote to fight damage from days spent in the sun. Whether you apply just before bed or during lazy days as you lounge around the house, these pressed serums might be the miracles in a bottle you’ve been searching for. Scroll on to check out five serums that are total must-haves for brightening and nourishing summer skin complexions.


1. Mullein & Sparrow Rosemary & Clary Sage Facial Serum ($48): Calling all serum newbies! If you’re just delving into the world of face oils, try this serum containing a lightweight formula that complements all skin types. This oil is a treasure chest of ingredients to help balance your skin, like primrose oil, which contains loads of fatty acids for treating dry skin, and black cumin seed oil, which nourishes skin with vitamins A, B and C.


2. BLITHE Velvet Yam Pressed Serum ($49): Hold up — yams in a serum, say what? ICYMI, mountain yam extract helps to replenish body fluids without leaving behind any icky oiliness. This pressed serum is packed with 68.5% of said extract, along with fermented oils like olive, macadamia and argan to melt into and moisturize skin in a flash.

CLARINS HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase

3. CLARINS HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase ($59): Anything with the word “quench” in the name is golden. Rescue skin on the verge of dehydration with the help of Inca peanut oil, hyaluronic acid and alfalfa to nourish and smooth. As an added bonus, this serum is invisible (!) and super comfortable on your face.

BOOTS Botanics All Bright Radiance Serum

4. Botanics All Bright Radiance Serum ($14): Punch up summer skin with a little flower power courtesy of the hibiscus flowers in this serum’s formula. Aside from being pretty in pink, hibiscus flowers serve as mild exfoliators to energize and naturally leave skin glowing.


5. Benefit Cosmetics Specialist Instant Comeback Facial Serum ($46): It’s never too late to get cool for the summer and bring skin back to a healthy, rejuvenated glow. Filled with a tri-radiance complex, this serum’s formula acts as a bodyguard for your skin, working to protect it from toxins and visible signs of aging.

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