2020 is here but the aftermath of 2019 is still lingering in the air, through hangovers, heaviness and tired skin. The month of December was filled with get-togethers and parties that are packed to the gills with alcohol and food which means, everything needs a detox – your skin, your body and your hair. So after these hectic nights, it only makes sense to take some time out and indulge in some self-care. Especially with your skincare because the past few days your skin has undergone a massive amount of stress. With over-the-top party makeup to too much alcohol that literally dries out your skin to late nights that give you puffy eyes. Over the years, the only skincare product you can trust to get the complicated job of rejuvenating your skin back are serums. Serums are actually targeted skincare solutions that are often water-based and jam-packed with actives that help solve skin-specific issues like hyperpigmentation, tiredness, acne and dryness. What should you know while picking up serums? Your skin’s main issue.


Apply the serum after a toner or after an essence and top it up with a moisturiser and sunscreen. Serums are either water-based or cream-based and among other things, they rescue your skin, repair the issues and address specific problems. An added plus, they also provide massive amounts of hydration to the skin. 

So we put together the top five serums of the year, some of the best in the market you add to your skincare suite ASAP. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, Rs 1, 250

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex

This has got to be the decade’s single most popular serum and it has a massive fan following in India too in the last 2-3 years. The serum’s main function is to tackle anti-aging and fatigue. Power it up after a long bath in the evening and let it hydrate your skin all night long. The serum not only adds radiance to yours kin by morning but it also locks in moisture so your skin looks and feels dewy. 

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid, Rs 2,550

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid

Another very popular treatment, this Ayurvedic night serum is known to use the legendary Kumkumadi oil to make sure your skin is glowing. What does Kumkumadi oil actually do? It works to relieve your skin of dryness, dullness and takes care of pigmentation. It also contains pure saffron, that adds a glow to the skin alongside effective ingredients like sandalwood, vetiver and lotus that give your skin hydrated, cooling effect. 

Clarins Double Serum Hydric + Lipidic System, Rs 5,800

Clarins Double Serum Hydric + Lipidic System

Clarins is a label that is known to work on skin beautifully especially when your skin needs a pick-me-up. The Clarins Double Serum is an innovative product, a concentrated formula that is known to give you a more pronounced, hydrated, glow-y skin after just one use. The anti-aging treatment is loaded with plant extracts and a pretty complicated hydrolipidic and biomimetic double formula to make sure your skin is rejuvenated and firmer. 

Bobbi Brown Skin Reviver, Rs 3,900

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown is not just known for makeup, their underrated skincare is also very popular. The formulations are well-researched and instinctive. This category called Remedies from Bobbi Brown is known for its clinical and effective skincare and the Skin Reviver is one exceptional serum in this regard. It takes care of skin when it’s tired and dull and is in need of nutrients and care – the formulation gives you a brighter, plumper and more refreshed skin in a jiffy.

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum With 24 Karat Gold, Rs 4,800

Forest Essentials

The Soundarya moisturiser is already a huge hit and the serum from Forest Essentials isn’t lagging behind either. Doubled with the goodness of Ashwagandha, this uniquely formulated Ayurvedic serum contains anti-ageing herbs and 24 karat gold bhasma – both known to lighten and brighten the skin whilst targeting issues like, pigmentation and other environmental aggressors. Let’s not forget that the other ingredients are just as indulgent – cow’s milk and pure ghee, both work towards younger and more nourished, supple and glowing skin. 


Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.