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9 best face serum for dry skin with intense hydration
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9 best face serum for dry skin with intense hydration

January 25th, 2022 | by

Dry skin can truly be an ordeal to deal with. We know it. Trust us, we do. The redness, the flakiness, the patchiness, the sensitivity – oof all those dry skin woes! Constant moisturisation and hydration is the only way to ensure your skin’s good health and nourishment.

When we say moisturization, a moisturizer is not the only skincare product that can do the needful. A moisturizing serum for face is a MUST. A serum is a concentrate of active ingredients, meant to target specific skin concerns. Serums aren’t all the rage for nothing.

The level of active ingredients is higher in concentration as compared to your usual face cream, while still being lightweight. So, you’re locking in all the hydration while also attacking the dryness at its source. Win-win, isn’t it? Read on as we have rounded up the 9 best face serum for dry skin that will work like magic potions!

  1. The Derma Co 5%‌ ‌Hyaluronic‌ ‌Acid Face‌ ‌Serum‌ ‌for‌ ‌Intense‌ ‌Hydration‌
  2. Good Vibes Rose Hip Radiant Glow Face Serum
  3. Olay Serum Total Effects 7 in 1, Daily Serum, with Anti-Ageing benefits
  4. Plum Bright Years Cell Renewal Serum| Ultra-hydrating Serum
  5.  Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Face Serum With Moroccan Argan Oil
  6. Biotique Bio Dandelion Visibly Ageless Serum
  7. CeraVe Hyaluronic Acid Face SerumSt.
  8. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
  9. WOW Skin Science Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum 

1. The Derma Co 5%‌ ‌Hyaluronic‌ ‌Acid Face‌ ‌Serum‌ ‌for‌ ‌Intense‌ ‌Hydration‌

This serum is enriched with hyaluronic acid which holds 1000x its weight in water! The Derma Co. helps in reducing dullness and dryness by trapping moisture in the skin and preventing its premature release.  Although the product is useful for all skin types, it is especially beneficial for people with dull and dry skin.

Product highlights: 

  • Brightens the skin 
  • Contains a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Keeps the skin hydrated for long hours 

Pros

  • Paraben, sulphate and mineral free
  • Suitable for all skin types

Cons

  • None

2. Good Vibes Rose Hip Radiant Glow Face Serum

This serum truly has all the ‘Good Vibes!’ It nourishes and softens the skin instantly. Rosehip, which is the hero ingredient in the serum, brightens the skin and minimises the appearance of acne scars, dark circles, and dark spots.

Product highlights: 

  • Contains rosehip which is a great brightening ingredient 
  • Packed with enriching ingredients like Vitamin E, almond etc. 
  • Makes the skin glow 
  • Evens out the complexion 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-sticky and non-greasy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Sulphate and paraben free

Cons

  • Might cause breakouts


3. Olay Serum Total Effects 7 in 1, Daily Serum, with Anti-Ageing benefits

As the name suggests, this serum is a multi-tasker, fighting 7 signs of aging as well as hydrating and nourishing the skin. The serum provides intense moisturization to dry skin and leaves it feeling soft, supple and youthful.

Product highlights:

  • Reduces signs of ageing 
  • Reduces blemishes, fine lines as well as dark spots

Pros

  • Provides intense hydration
  • Ideal for daily use
  • Lightweight texture
  • Non-greasy
  • Gets absorbed easily
 

Cons

  • Contains parabens


4. Plum Bright Years Cell Renewal Serum| Ultra-hydrating Serum

This serum firms up and renews dull and lifeless skin. It also helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and pigmentation. What sets the product apart is its rich ingredients which include skin-renewing plant stem cell extracts – excellent at reducing signs of ageing. The sesame protein in it aids in tightening the skin. 

Product highlights:  

  • Packed with unique ingredients like plant stem cell extracts and sesame protein
  • Hydrates as well as reduces signs of ageing 
  • Renews and brightens dull skin

Pros

  • Penetrates the deepest layers of skin
  • 100% vegan
  • Paraben, Phthalate and SLS free 
  • Keeps the skin hydrated for long hours 


Cons

  • None

5. Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Face Serum With Moroccan Argan Oil

This luxurious product from the house of Lakme is a face oil and serum in one. It is infused with Moroccan argan oil, which deeply nourishes and moisturises the skin.  The holy grail of hydration in a bottle!

Product highlights 

  • Oil and serum in one 
  • Infused with Moroccan argon oil 
  • Deeply nourishes and moisturizes the skin 

Pros

  • Lightweight and non-greasy 
  • Brightens the skin
  • Luxurious 

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • May cause breakouts

6. Biotique Bio Dandelion Visibly Ageless Serum

This face serum is a rare combination of pure dandelion, vitamin E, and minerals blended with nutmeg oil. These powerful ingredients help nourish the skin cells and instantly add a glow to the dull, dry skin.

Product highlights: 

  • Enriched with unique ingredients 
  • Helps with cell regeneration 
  • Reduces signs of ageing 

Pros

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free 
  • Paraben and preservative free 
  • Organic formula 
  • Ideal for daily use 
  • Affordable

Cons

  • None

7. CeraVe Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

This serum contains a combination of a hyaluronic acid and a unique CeraVe MVE technology that ensures the continuous release of moisturizing ingredients for 24-hour hydration. It has a lightweight, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free formula which makes it suitable for all skin types including the extremely sensitive type. We crown this the best serum for sensitive skin!

Product highlights:

  • Lightweight and non-greasy 
  • Keeps skin hydrated for long hours
  • Makes the skin soft and supple 

Pros:

  • Fragrance-free 
  • Non comedogenic
  • Suitable for all skin types 

Cons:

  • Expensive  

8. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This serum is a cult-favourite and rightfully so. It has become a saviour for those struggling with dehydrated and flaky skin, and by popular opinion, is considered the best serum for dry skin in India. Formulated with 2% hyaluronic acid, it makes the skin more plump, supple by moisturizing it deeply.

Product highlights: 

  • Deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin 
  • Lightweight formula
  • Lasts for a long time

Pros:

  • Vegan
  • Paraben and preservatives free
  • Fragrance free
  • Heals dry and flaky skin 

Cons:

  • Slightly pricey

9. WOW Skin Science Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum 

This serum is packed with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid which helps moisturize and nourish dehydrated skin. The product also contains silanetriol that improves skin health and reduces the appearance of aging signs. 

Product highlights: 

  • Hydrates the skin and reduces signs of ageing 
  • Improves skin health 
  • Heals dehydrated skin 

Pros

  • Vegan 
  • Mineral, silicone, paraben and gluten free 
  • Affordable 

Cons

  • None

FAQs about face serums 

1. How does a serum differ from a moisturizer? 

A moisturizer is packed with several ingredients to repair and nourish the skin. These ingredients act as a sealant that rests on the skin’s surface, therefore preventing the escape of moisture from the skin. 

A serum, on the other hand, is packed with lesser ingredients and doesn’t act as a skin sealant. Instead, it penetrates deep into it at the cellular level and delivers targeted results. 

2. What’s the difference between a face oil and a serum? 

Serums are traditionally water-based and work by penetrating deep into the skin and nourishing the inner layers. Therefore, they are applied before face creams. A face oil on the other hand, is applied over the moisturizer as it helps lock in the moisture and prevent its release from the skin.

On an endnote, skin health is as much of an inside job as outside. Eat nourishing foods, indulge in positive self-talk and drink LOTS of water. You are what you consume.


Rashi Girdher