Serums are the unsung heroes of skincare routines, offering effective, targeted and customisable treatments for all of our skincare woes. Is your skin dry, sensitive and in need of a hydrating boost? Look for hyaluronic acid to help lock in that moisture and replenish the lipids in your skin. Uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation? Niacinimade and Vitamin C do wonders to brighten, whilst AHAs and BHAs are great acids to help gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells to reveal the radiance beneath. Below, we’ve rounded up nine of the best serums for every skin concern.

La Mer The Concentrate

Best for: Resilience & Repair

La Mer offers a lesson in skincare basics with their newest launch, The Concentrate. Designed to repair and strengthen the skin barrier, this supercharged serum bolsters delicate skin with linoleic acid and lipids while also containing a unique and concentrated form of the brand’s coveted Miracle Broth. With restoring and healing qualities, this gentle formula (which also includes Giant Sea Kelp to reduce irritation), works wonders following a cosmetic procedure, helping to soothe skin after chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments.

La Mer The Concentrate; HK$4,620 at

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Best for: Hydration

Dr. Barbara Sturm is known for her work in molecular cosmetics, giving rise to potent, targeted formulas that use the body’s own proteins to promote cell-turnover rate and battle signs of ageing. Her hyaluronic acid serum is formulated with both long and short-chain hyaluronic particles for more effective penetration and absorption, resulting in deeply hydrated, moisturised skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum; HK$2,645 at

Omorovicza Midnight Renewal

Best for: Skin Renewal

The Omorovicza Midnight Renewal promises an instant complexion boost: think smooth skin, an even skin tone and enhanced radiance. The indulgent serum merges Retinal (a stable form of Vitamin A), the brand’s patented Healing Concentrate™ and Bioactive Microalgae, for a potent formula the prevents premature ageing while increasing the skin’s capacity to heal itself. The Retinal stabilises the potency of retinol, while Bioactive Microalgae defends against the chronic stress hormone, cortisol.

Omorovicza Midnight Renewal; HK$1,400 at Joyce Beauty Counters

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Best for: Brightening

Vintner’s Daughter’s Active Botanical Serum is a cult-favourite product that uses more than 22 active ingredients to fight signs of ageing whilst adding firmness and radiance to the skin. Although not technically a serum by definition (it’s actually a potent blend of oils), this award-winning, healing skin elixir has been touted as a “game changer”.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum; HK$1,464.17 at

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Best for: Hyperpigmentation and acne

The Ordinary is known for its line of highly effective yet affordable products, proving that good skincare needn’t break the bank. Niacinamide is one of two main forms of vitamin B3, and has been proven to decrease hyperpigmentation and improve uneven skin tones whilst fighting bacterial acne and other blemishes. Meanwhile, the addition of zinc acts as a stabiliser for acidity levels whilst also regulating sebum production for overall smoother, more refined skin texture.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%; HK$60 at 

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

Best for: Overall skin health

The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum is a hero product that utilises the powers of L-ascorbic acid (a potent form of Vitamin C) and alpha-tocopherol (a pure form of Vitamin E), that work in conjunction with each other to neutralise free radicals and replenish moisture in the skin whilst visibly brightening and reducing fine lines. The supercharged formula is further strengthened by ferulic acid, a plant-based antioxidant, that stabilises the two vitamins whilst enhancing the antioxidant benefits of the product.

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic; HK$1,480 at

Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Multi-Recovery Complex

Best for: Anti-ageing

The Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair has been tweaked with an updated formula, for added improvements whilst maintaining the benefits of the much-loved, original serum. Chronolux Power Signal Technology boosts the skin’s natural production of collagen whilst hyaluronic acid locks in moisture for the optimal environment for the skin to repair itself, in conjunction with eight-hour antioxidant protection. The results see fine lines smoothed, and a firmer skin texture.

Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Multi-Recovery Complex; HK$1,020 at

Chanel Sublimage L’extrait de Nuit

Best for: Tired skin

Chanel has upped the ante with a unique formula based on chronobiology that seeks to work in conjunction with the wearer’s sleep cycle. Through naturally derived chronopeptdies, Sublimage L’extrait de Nuit resets the skin through a repairing “night mode”, reconnecting to the skin’s biological clock for reparation to remain at an optimal level, resulting in more luminous, well-rested skin.

Chanel Sublimage L’extrait de Nuit; HK$5,150 at Chanel Boutiques

Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum

Best for: Radiance

A combination of 7 AHAs and BHAs work to slough off dead skin cells, while Vitamin C from the Kakadu Plum brightens and fights free radicals. The 100% natural formula works like a gentle peel, helping to exfoliate and clear clogged pores to reveal baby-soft, radiant skin.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum; HK$720 at