The 10 Best Body Serum Formulas for Smoother, Glowing Skin This Summer

While warmer, longer days ahead are welcome, letting our winter-dull limbs see the light of day can seem daunting. The good news: finding the best body serum for your individual needs is a go-to strategy for smoother, more radiant skin. While thicker moisturizers are crucial during the colder, drier months, summer calls for lighter, fast-absorbing elixirs.

“A serum is a fantastic way to get a more potent dose of your active ingredients, but without weighing you down with heavy products,” says the New York City dermatologist. Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology. “Especially when it comes to hydration, using a lightweight serum-based product can allow you to apply hydration while avoiding the sticky, heavy, and cloying feeling that creams and lotions often cause.” In terms of moisturizing ingredients, hyaluronic acid remains a hero. “It absorbs many times its own weight in water and can easily hydrate the skin,” says Nazarian. But beyond that, there are a number of different actives, like exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids (AHAS) or brightening and firming niacinamide, that can be researched to target different concerns.

Here, the best body serum elixirs to help you improve clarity, texture, and tone for months to come.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Body Serum

Tata Harper Resurfacing Body Serum

Tata Harper’s newly launched Milky Serum addresses common aging skin issues on the body, such as dullness and loss of elasticity, with brightening Vitamin C, revitalizing Vitamin A, pore-refining white willow bark and retexturizing AHA superfruits.

Uni Body 24H Serum

With its addictive natural scent (cedar leaf, juniper and smoky sandalwood), body care brand Uni’s long-lasting 24-hour serum melts and contains unique Australian ingredients, such as exfoliating caviar lime extract and antioxidant-rich kakudu plum, as well as proven moisturizers like aloe vera and seaweed.

Topicals Slather Body Serum

Topicals Slather Body Serum

If you’re experiencing dryness and bumps from keratosis pilaris, trust Topicals new milky-textured Slather Body Serum. With its blend of powerful moisturizers and exfoliators like retinol, urea, and lactic and glycolic acids, it gently unclogs pores and exfoliates for silkier skin.

Necessary The Body Serum

Necessary The Body Serum

A fast-absorbing, fragrance-free gel, Necessaire’s hyaluronic acid-loaded formula amps up nutrition with barrier-supporting niacinamide and ceramide NP, which promote the renewal of the skin’s natural protective layer and create a barrier against moisture loss.

Agent Nateur holi(oil) Anti-Aging Unisex Body Serum

Agent Nateur holi(oil) Anti-Aging Unisex Body Serum

Agent Nateur’s natural body serum is designed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite with a powerful combination of fatty acid-rich Japanese rice bran, rosehip and helichrysum oils that moisturize and tone with a dewy finish.

Leland Francis Body Serum

Leland Francis Body Serum

Leland Francis’ elegantly bottled herbal elixir locks in moisture while maintaining overall skin health with a blend of natural plant-based oils, including tangy ginger and purifying pink peppercorn.

Renée Rouleau Smoothing Body Serum

Renée Rouleau Smoothing Body Serum

Renowned Austin beautician Renée Rouleau’s leave-in exfoliating body treatment contains a potent 21% concentration of glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids, yet it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin. (Trust this editor, who takes care of KP.)

Mutha body contour serum

Mutha’s Toning Serum has its own special M-TIGHT technology designed to hydrate and firm the skin with a blend of hyaluronic acid, fruit acids and plant oils, like softening baobab seeds.

Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum

Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum

An editor favorite, Clarins ultra-concentrated body serum unveils a youthful glow with natural plant extracts, including antioxidant-rich christophine, soothing water lily and exfoliating hibiscus flower.

RéVive Supérieur Body Renovating Night Serum

RéVive Supérieur Body Renovating Night Serum

A Nazarian favorite, RéVive Supérieur Night Body Serum is supercharged with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, and it “smooths easily onto skin without being sticky,” she says.

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Patricia J. Callender