Are Body Serums Your Dry-Skin Savior This Fall? A Derm Weighs In

Recently, I noticed a trend in my inbox. More and more skincare brands were turning their attention below the neck, creating serums specifically made for the body. Like facial serums, they function as targeted treatments, and they tend to be more lightweight than body lotions. (The rules of skincare layering apply here, too: Apply serum first, followed by lotion or cream to seal everything in.)

"Body serums are typically made with different types of plant oils and absorb onto the skin quicker than a cream,” explains Ellen Marmur, board-certified dermatologist and founder of MMSkincare. "In addition, serums deliver a higher concentration of active ingredients which provide better results.” Of course, different products offer different results, but in general, the derm says you can expect body serums to offer hydration, tightening, brightening, and nourishing benefits.

And as someone who is often delinquent on body lotion already (oops), I wondered if this step was worth my while. But Marmur believes body serums can be worth it, especially during the drying fall and winter months. "In each season it is important to stay hydrated in order to preserve your skin,” she says. You heard the doctor: Body serums are a definitive yes. Keep scrolling for 15 worth trying, and get ready for impossibly silky, soft, and flake-free skin.


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And now, 18 luxurious body products to treat youtself to this fall.

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Lindy Segal is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. She's originally from Atlanta, but she's sorry to report she doesn't have an accent. However, she does still have her taste for carbohydrates, love of losing sports teams, and fear of driving during rush hour. She's been in editorial for over eight years as a social media manager and writer covering beauty, fashion, and lifestyle at Glamour and People. Most recently, she was the women's editor at Express. These days, in addition to Who What Wear, you can see her byline at places like Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Ipsy, and WeWork. Both a skincare obsessive and a minimalist, she keeps her routine short, sweet, and effective—and she doesn't go a day without sunscreen. She's also deeply passionate about sustainability, and she strives to recommend products she truly believes are worth the investment. When she's not writing about the best and brightest beauty finds, she can usually be found hunting for vintage and secondhand treasures, attempting to find zen at a yoga class, bingeing Bon Appétit YouTube videos, or napping under her weighted blanket.