I’ve always thought serums were the way to go, mostly because they’re super easy to use and always make me feel like a bit of a mad chemist. In a good way, of course. New-to-me is the Hydraboost serum from M-61, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for lately.

Loaded with peptides and vitamin B5, this serum is incredibly moisturizing — no doubt about that. According to the brand, Vitamin B5 binds water to the skin, thus plumping things up and replenishing moisture levels. Peptides promote firming and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while tamarind improves elasticity and hydration.

After cleansing and drying your skin, use the dropper to put 5-7 drops (I use 7) directly onto your fingertips, and then apply to face and neck. I think this works quickly, and I love how it makes my skin feel — refreshed and hydrated, but also like there’s nothing on my skin.

This serum feels silky smooth when going on, and it absorbs quickly. I think it’s great for the summer or hotter months, when you need something but really don’t want to be slathering on lotions and potions. Likewise, I think this would be a great addition to a travel kit, since it’s small, compact, and really hydrates your skin — I can easily see this in an airplane carry on for a refreshing moment on one of those long haul flights.

Now, let’s talk price. At $78 this might seem kind of outrageous, but you’re paying for wuality, and a super concetrated product. Although I’ve only had mine for a few weeks, I’m pretty sure this would easily last you 4 or 5 months, depending on how much product you use (which again, you really don’t need a lot).

$78 per bottle

Product sample courtesy of the brand.

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