Clinical-Grade Firming Serums That Are Like Spanx for Your Skin

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Add in all the copyrights, but the word “Spanx” has become synonymous with something good when it comes to sculpting the body. Here’s our best, newly-tested picks for the skin-care version of it.

1 / 10

Clinical Skin Vitamin C Pro-Collagen Serum ($120)

This luxe line has a slam-dunk firming serum, but the brand-new vitamin C version is clinically proven to firm, increase elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone and texture, all while leaving skin with a dewy dose of antioxidant radiance.

2 / 10

KateCeuticals Firming Serum ($110)

The Melrose Place–staple says it all in a two-word descriptor: This is the clinical-grade version of the Kate Somerville in-spa treatment that smooths and firms skin in just two weeks, only a few pumps required.

3 / 10

Neostrata Enlighten 15% Vitamin C + PHA Serum ($55)

Another vitamin C serum in the mix, this potent brightening face serum powered by pure 15-percent of the antioxidant all-star, and is clinically proven to target the look of dark spots, skin discoloration and texture—minus any sensitive-skin disruptions.

4 / 10

Kind Science Firming Serum ($68)

If you’re interested in hearing Ellen DeGeneres’s skin-care secret (she helped launch the line), listen up: This bakuchiol-powered firming formula claims to reduce the look of laugh lines and wrinkles, all while helping boost that little thing called collagen.

5 / 10

Tracie Martyn Firming Serum $(198)

It’s a bit more off-the-radar for us mere mortals, but this light purple–hued “clean super serum”—which doubles as a hydrating serum, an anti-aging serum and an eye serum—really is the secret to a lot of radiant skin on the red-carpet.

6 / 10

ZO Skin Health Firming Serum ($243)

Whitney Port has previously shared that this lightweight, safe to use day-and-night, doc-approved product is “part of her serum trifecta,” and we’re fully on board.

7 / 10

U Beauty Resurfacing Compound ($228)

U Beauty’s founder, Tina Craig, has never lied to us, so we’re not about to press her on this one: The brightening, resurfacing, complexion-boosting compound has some users being asked if they’ve gotten—wait for it—a facelift.

8 / 10

Filorga NCEF-SHOT ($94)

Twice a day is all you need of this powerful “shot” before a special event (the brand also has a whole bunch of effective serums that are worthy of a splurge if you can clock in a second…or two more). The high concentration of the core-encapsulated formula “activates new cells to renovate skin quality and help bring about more radiant skin and a noticeable decrease in wrinkles in just seven days,” according to the company.

9 / 10

Evolved by Nature Barrier Redux ($36)

Evolved by Nature has SO many good clinicals, it’s hard to keep up. The latest launch debuts this week to some much-deserved fanfare: This easy-to-use serum utilizes the company’s activated silk, is good to use on all skin types (even sensitive, really reactive types), and makes the magic happen without being majorly complicated.

10 / 10

Vivant FF3 Biointensive GF Serum ($286)

Don’t “forget” this one: The brand’s first new product in 10 years was formulated to reverse signs of skin-aging, including photodamage and collagen decline, that comes from cells “forgetting” how to regenerate in a process.

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