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The Best Serums if You Want to Wake Up Looking like a Dewy, Plump, Shiny Alien

All greased up and nowhere but the mothership to go.

Courtesy, design by Betsy Farrell

For all the intolerance in politics these days, we are lucky to live in a beauty world that has become much more accepting of shine. Because a healthy sheen = youth = can cover a multitude of sins. Get a leg up on the rest of the population (you know—when an advanced alien civilization brings the fight to us) with 10 ultra-potent serums.

La Roche-Posay

The SPF would make you think it's for daytime (which it is), but why not start brightening and protecting while you sleep? Then re-upping when you wake? We might be lazy, but we're really good at it. 

$42.50, dermstore.com.

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TWENTY plant extracts! For keeping you young-looking forever even though you've been having a midlife crisis since age 14. 

$119, shop.nordstrom.com.

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Great name, even greater at filling in fine lines and evening skin tone. 

$65, farmacybeauty.com.

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Our very own beauty editor Lauren Valenti swears by the ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu blend, which promises (and delivers on) erasing signs of skin fatigue. 

$72, kiehls.com.

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The Organic Pharmacy

Pretty much the only thing you need to know: People call this "instant facelift oil." SOLD. 

$160, barneys.com.

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Pestle & Mortar

Just think about it: What *would* happen if you put a bunch of the top moisturizing ingredients out there on your face? Miracles, that's what. 

$69, pestleandmortar.com.

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With Babe Ruth-like stats—100 percent saw firmer, tighter skin! 100 percent saw improved skin texture!—this highly concentrated, patented formula really hits it out of the park. ::boos and hisses at self:: 

$74, sephora.com.

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Ah, the magic of stem cells (not human, don't you worry). We called the moisturizer life-changing, and the serum ain't shabby either—volume, hydration, and a more even texture are all about to come your way. 

$189, stemologyskincare.com.

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The brand's campaign images are proof enough, but some #facts: Has a watery texture for ready absorption and loads of vitamin C for brightening, achieving a "light-reflective" complexion. 

$28, glossier.com.

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Root Science

Midnight 2 a.m. because you were on Insta: haggard. 7 a.m.: Gisele a few days after a facial with Isabella Bellis. It's that good. (SN: I like the one for mature skins too, though it could be too much if your complexion skews more oily/combo.) 

$120, shoprootscience.com.

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