Innovative, effective and convenient, serum sticks are mess free, make skin care a little bit easier to apply, and are the perfect travel companions for days spent on the go. While serum sticks may be as accessible as Chapstick, they do much more than nourish skin as they contain the same powerful actives you’d expect in other serums that target skin aging and promote clearer, smoother, more hydrated skin. Here, the 8 best serum sticks to try right now for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.
Hyperpigmentation concerns be gone with Live Tinted SUPERHUE ($34), a water-based solid that includes backuchiol, vitamin C and niacinamide, three powerful dark spot-faders. Made with all skin tones in mind, it’s safe to use and also prevents new spots from forming over time.
Hero Superfuel Serum Stick ($13) is a soothing pick-me-up that also protects the skin’s microbiome. It cools on contact and the prebiotics and antioxidants in its solid, yet somehow gel-like, formulation help skin to stay balanced on the go.
For the person always on the move, Would, a Barstool Sports brand, created a Face Serum ($11) on a stick that brightens and protects the face, hands and anywhere else on the body you want a polished look. Vitamin C works to promote even skin tone while rosehip, sunflower seed oil and blue green algea soothe and hydrate.
Give the delicate skin in the under-eye area an instant concealing effect while also treating dark circles, puffiness and lax skin with Payot’s My Payot Regard Glow ($35) which is a handy 3-in-1 solution to give eyes a more rested and revived look.
Containing a 3% retinol blend, Peace Out Retinol Face Stick ($34) promises smoother skin with each swipe. Because it also has pumpkin and papaya enzymes that work to minimize pores, it retexturizes while being gentle on skin.
A lip balm, a moisturizer, an all-in-one dry skin solution, the plastic-free Ethique Saving Face Serum ($30) is both good for the earth and good for dry, parched skin in need of a boost of hydration. More than a solid butter, its blend of shea, kokum and cupuacu butters, pomegranate and rosehip oils nourish and smooth skin while leaving a carbon positive footprint.
Tatcha never gets it wrong and this innovative serum stick is a sophisticated solid companion to its beloved essences, toners and primers. Twist and apply The Serum Stick ($48)—which contains 80% squalane and Japanese lemon balm—and use it as a spot treatment, pre-foundation primer and for on-the-go skin-blurring.
The serum-on-a-stick formulation makes this Acure Radically Rejuvenating Marula & Rose Serum Stick ($19) a must for fast mornings and dewy skin. Apply to the face and neck each morning and keep it refrigerated for an added cooling, soothing effect.