8 Face-Saving Serums

The best things come in small packages. These concentrated formulas give the old adage an extra dose of truth.

L'Oréal Paris Youth Code Serum CorrectorL'Oréal Paris Youth Code Serum Corrector

Apply the dark spot-correcting and illuminating lotionlike serum before your regular moisturizer. It's lightly scented, which made us worry about breakouts, but we awoke after the first night's use with smoother and softer skin. Two weeks later, old acne marks had faded.

Available at lorealparisusa.com, $25.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying SerumFresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum

Matte need not mean dull, as production coordinator Jillian King learned with the mineral-dense complex that smells of cucumbers. It neutralizes acidity for a smoother complexion that needs barely a puff of powder after two weeks of use.

Available at fresh.com, $35.

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The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin BoostThe Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost

An overly dry winter and continuous (radiator) heat waves left editor Lauren Berger with one parched punim. A few dabs of the camu camu berry- and Brazil nut oil-infused gel after moisturizing turned her skin silky smooth and makeup ready.

Available at thebodyshop-usa.com, $26.

Luxaskin Supreme Skin FoodLuxaskin Supreme Skin Food

Like a daily supplement for your face, the serum is chockful of vitamin B3 and botanical antioxidants that reduce redness and increase moisture.

Available at luxaskin.wazala.com, $42.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot SolutionKiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Enticed at first by the lavender, our tester found the tone corrector to be heaven sent. After just one week, dark spots from old acne blemishes faded enough that she ditched her foundation.

Available at kiehls.com, $50.

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Aesop Oil-Free Facial Hydrating SerumAesop Oil-Free Facial Hydrating Serum

Bearer of sensitive, oily skin that occasionally gets dry? Fret no longer. Quickly absorbed with no shiny residue, the aloe vera-rich serum comes full force with the bold scent of ylang-ylang. Your complexion wins, herbally.

Available at aesop.com, $61.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot CorrectorClinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Deals editor Lindsay Bruno is fearful of products made for all skin types. Thankfully, Clinique's lightweight, twice-daily serum works to lighten age and acne spots without any dermal tantrums.

Available at clinique.com, $50-$73.

BareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night SerumBareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum

Cold and flu season is over, but intern Caroline Hallemann is still tending to a red nose. "A few drops of the lightly scented serum before bed reduces inflammation and increases hydration. It's a real-life prescription for beauty sleep," she says.

Available at bareescentuals.com, $50.

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