4 Must-Have Anti-Aging Serums for Mothers of the Bride

Hair & Beauty, Moms
Anti-Aging Serum for the Mother of the Bride

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When it comes to at-home skin-care treatments, it's all about the serum. (Serums are more potent and their thinner texture means they can penetrate more deeply than moisturizers or creams.) If you're a mother of the bride, a serum will make you fresh-faced and glowing in no time. Here, a few tried-and-tested serums MOBs can use to get wedding-ready skin for their child's big day:

SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator: Minutes after rubbing four drops of this clear elixir into her skin, our tester swears her complexion looked more radiant, vibrant, and even-toned. "Over the course of a few weeks, the lines around my eyes became less noticeable, too," she says. Its powerful ingredient trifecta contains kombuchka (to brighten), hydroxyethyl urea/aminosulfonic acid compound (to exfoliate and smooth), and hyaluronic acid (one of the best moisturizers around). $73, available at SkinCeuticals

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum: If you're a newbie to anti-aging, we have one word for you: retinol. This vitamin A derivative is a super exfoliator and cure-all for everything from acne to dark spots to wrinkles. It's also the star ingredient in this wrinkle-reducing serum. "It smells fresh and is really easy to apply," our tester says. "It absorbed right away and my skin felt smooth and silky." Give retinol time, though — about six months — to see the complete fountain-of-youth-like results. $20.99, available at Neutrogena

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StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Concentrated Serum: Have sensitive skin? This serum contains retinol and NIA-114, which helps strengthen the skin's barrier to prevent redness. "My skin looked glowing and moist," raves our dry-skinned tester. "And it works really well under moisturizer." $119, available at StriVectin

Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum: This one comes packed with resveratrol-oleyl (an antioxidant found in red grapes and wine that stimulates collagen and prevents wrinkles), peptides (to boost elasticity), and argan protein (to tighten). "My skin immediately felt firmer and I noticed more contours in my face," our tester says. "It's so easy to incorporate into my skincare regimen — or should I say my non-existent skincare regimen — too." Oh, and did we mention that it also contains soft-focus pigments to create an optical blurring effect? That basically means you'll look like an Instagrammed photo of yourself every day. $89, available at Sephora

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