6 under-the-radar serums that promise big anti-aging results

A roundup of well-loved yet lesser known wonder-workers

A roundup of well-loved yet lesser known wonder-workers

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We love discovering skincare elixirs that only a select group knows about—it's like we're discovering a secret fountain of youth. And, as far as skincare goes, a serum is your best bet for getting the most out of active ingredients. Moisturizers are key, of course, but a serum gives your skin routine the boost it needs, penetrating the skin deeper in this primary step. These six serums promise to deliver younger-looking skin while protecting your complexion from the signs of aging. If you've never heard of them before it could be because fans have been holding these secret weapons close to their chest!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, $86, sephora.com

Caudalie is a unit of measurement for how long the flavour of wine lingers in one's mouth, and beauty company, Caudalie, features antioxidant ingredients found in the grape vine. The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum promises an even, brighter skin tone and a reduction in the appearance of age spots.

Harlow Face Elixir, $44, skintoskingoods.com

A mix of organic essential oils to moisturize, soothe and, surprisingly, to control oil production. Perfect for the adult acne-sufferer, this stuff will keep your skin fresh. Bonus: it's made in Vancouver.

Biologique Recherche Sérum Collagène Natif, $112, kolortwist.com

A serum that will tighten pores and firm skin, this one can also be used on the neck and chest. Biologique Recherche is a French company that uses high quality concentrations of natural extracts and active ingredients for simple and straightforward beauty products that work.

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum, $240, thedetoxmarket.ca

A favourite of Goop goddess and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum is a mix of 22 of the world's most active botanicals with essential oils. It promises to calm inflammation, firm skin, exfoliate, improve elasticity, prevent age spots and protect skin from free radicals. Sounds like a tall order—but it has a price tag to match.

Pure+Simple Collagen Elastin Plus, $144.95, pureandsimple.ca

Pure + Simple is a Canadian skincare success story. The company's products feature natural and organic ingredients in products that simply work. Collagen Elastin Plus is a super-hydrating, skin firming serum that actually helps rebuild collagen. Truly.

Sahajan Protective Skin Serum, $70, sahajan.ca

Vitamin C is one of the best natural ways to boost your skin's collagen production and this serum includes an ingredient called Triphala that contains 20 times the Vitamin C of an orange. It also features Gotu Kola for additional skin firming and hyaluronic acid for intense hydration.​