9 Highest-Rated Facial Serums Under $30

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You've probably heard the buzz about serums, but what's all the fuss really about?  If there's one product to incorporate into your skincare routine, it's a serum, but it's also probably the most misunderstood product in the skin care product world.

A facial serum is applied after your cleanser and toner but before your moisturizer.  Serums have a thin consistency and contain active ingredients that can soothe, heal, brighten, and protect your skin for an anti-aging boost.  The word "serum" has a high-end, expensive connotation for many people, but serums don't have to be expensive in order to do great things for your skin.  There are tons of effective, yet inexpensive, serums you can pick up at your local drugstore.

The best way to find out if a product truly works is by looking at consumer reviews, so we scoured the reviews of dozens of facial serums and narrowed them down to the nine highest-rated serums that are, best of all, $30 and under.  Anyone can afford a serum.  And since serums have a thin consistency a little goes a long way.

Updated by Hanah Tetro

Those who used Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum noticed smoother skin just after a few weeks of using this product. The serum is rich in a patented antioxidant complex that delivers powerful anti-aging results while protecting skin from future signs of aging. It's also formulated with salicylic acid to promote clearer skin so you get a one two punch for your skin all in one product.

Olay Regenerist takes a different approach to facial serums. This Regenerating Serum exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and brings new skin cells to the surface. It also contains amino-peptides that gently renew and improve your skin.

Users noted smoother skin, smaller pores, and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The serum is formulated for all skin types: many users with oily to combination skin noted positive results. Many users also noted the fragrance's strong scent, so you may want to purchase the fragrance-free version.

Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Serum, an intensive repairing serum, is a great choice if you're looking for a gentle, natural approach to anti-aging. The 100% natural product is formulated with pomegranate, a powerful antioxidant, and evening primrose and borage oils, which lock in moisture to the skin.

The serum is ultra-hydrating. If you're prone to oily skin, the serum might feel greasy at first, but the natural oils in the formula will help to balance out your skin's natural oil production over time. If you want healthier skin, this is a great product to incorporate into your skincare regimen.

RoC's products consistently get rave reviews from beauty editors and consumers alike, and this product is no different. This Deep Wrinkle Serum contains retinol, a power anti-aging ingredient that speeds up your skin's cell turnover and brings new skin to the surface. It also contains ingredients that tone and tighten the skin, which makes it great for those whose skin is sagging due to age.

The product claims to make skin more radiant, and users often see those results. Fine lines, wrinkles and crow's feet are visibly reduced, skin tone is improved, and sun spots appear much lighter.

Looking for a brighter complexion? Try Avalon Organics Vitamin C Facial Serum. Vitamin C is widely used in anti-aging products because it's an antioxidant that helps your skin fend off free radicals that cause aging. According to Avalon Organics, the serum boosts collagen and elastin production, stimulates cell renewal, and increases healthy and needed circulation to the skin.

If you're trying to get rid of deep wrinkles or fine lines, this probably isn't the product for you, but if you want your skin to get a healthy, natural glow, this serum fits the bill. It also smells great!

You may already be familiar with this product, which was once known as DMAE Alpha Lipoic C-Ester Retexturizing Crème. Derma E Firming Moisturizer is much less of a mouthful, but it has the same great benefits. The serum, which works for all skin types, tightens skin. It contains alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant, and DMAE, a proven skin toner, which are both often found in serums that cost much more than $30. Users note a reduction in redness, lightening of age spots and sun damage, and an overall brighter skin tone.

Kiss My Face Ester C Serum is a good choice for those who want to improve the overall look and feel of their skin, but aren't quite ready for the deep-wrinkle repair found in RoC's products. This serum contains soothing aloe and Ester C, a multitasking ingredient known for its ability to lighten skin discoloration, reduce fine lines, and build collagen. It's also an antioxidant.

Users noticed an improved skin tone, smaller pores, and a reduction in redness and blotchiness. Those with oily skin will appreciate the serum's light consistency and powerful hydration that won't leave a greasy feel on the skin.

Beauty Without Cruelty's Vitamin C Vitality Serum is formulated for all skin types and contains vitamin C and CoQ10, which brighten skin while also improving skin texture and clarity. It contains a host of other skin-friendly, organic ingredients, including vitamins A and E, which help fight off free radicals. It also contains aroma-therapeutic essential oils that soothe and protect the skin, and it also smell good. Users noticed overall positive improvements in their skin's texture after using this product.

The word on the street about L'Oreal Paris' Youth Code Serum is that it is almost identical, if not better, than its daughter company Lancôme's pricey anti-aging product - Génifique‎. The Youth Code Regenerating Serum claims to reduce signs of stress, fatigue and aging in the skin, and many users agree that the serum does just that. Diminished lines, especially around the eye area, is very common from using this serum, and users noted fresher, brighter complexions and overall younger-looking skin after using this product.