What’s Hot: Boosters

As our obsession with customizing our own skincare products and routines grows, it’s no surprise “boosters” are becoming increasingly popular as well. While they aren’t exactly new (some brands have had this concept around for years), I have a feeling you’re going to be seeing many new formulas popping up soon.

These treatments are designed to add concentrated ingredients to the skin that address specific issues in conjunction with your regular skincare products (they’re not designed to replace anything you’re already using). Typically found in oil- or serum-like formulas with droppers or pumps, you can easily add a couple drops to your routine as needed.

Whether it’s repairing damage, boosting hydration, eliminating shine or minimizing wrinkles and fine lines, there are a ton of different options available. Here are 12 formulas to check out if you’re looking to give a little boost to your skincare routine.

  • 1 of 12 Rodial Snake Booster Oil
  • Rodial Snake Booster Oil
  • Rodial Snake Booster Oil, $90

    Rodial’s Snake skincare range has become a huge hit thanks to Syn-Ake peptides which mimic the effects of viper venom to freeze expression lines and deep wrinkles (similar to Botox). They recently added a facial oil booster to the line-up, so you can get the same anti-aging effects with your own skincare routine by adding in a couple drops before your serum.

    Available online at ulta.com.

  • 2 of 12 Hylamide Pore Control
  • Hylamide Pore Control
  • Hylamide Pore Control, $27

    Perfect for oily, congested and shiny skin, this booster instantly mattifies skin and erases the look of pores. The formula uses bitter mushroom concentrate and marine ferments to minimize shine and absorb oil without drying out the skin, while other ingredients purify skin to reduce congestion. With time, this booster helps to increase the skin’s own ability to retain water and hydration, meaning less sebum activity and oily skin down the line.

    Available online at hylamide.com.

  • 3 of 12 Clarins Booster Repair
  • Clarins Booster Repair
  • Clarins Booster Repair, $39

    Whether your skin has seen too much sun, chlorinated water or extreme climate changes, this booster is great for speeding up skin recovery and reducing redness. It uses mimosa tenuiflora to strengthen the skin’s resistance and repair damage for a healthy, happy complexion.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 4 of 12 Omorovicza Oxygen Booster
  • Omorovicza Oxygen Booster
  • Omorovicza Oxygen Booster, $155

    Craving a flushed, youthful glow? This booster uses liquid oxygen to instantly plump, rejuvenate and brighten the complexion. The unique delivery system works like an adrenaline shot to flush the skin with blood and activate the cell’s natural respiration—meaning color, luminosity and firmer-looking skin right away.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 5 of 12 Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Shot
  • Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Shot
  • Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Shot, $25

    If you’re not ready to splurge on Rodial’s Dragon Blood range, try this new hydrating booster from their ‘lil sister brand, Nip + Fab. Infused with Amazonian Croton Lechleri tree sap (that’s the “Dragon’s Blood” they are referring to) and a 50% hyaluronic acid solution, these drops instantly plump skin with moisture and help reduce redness and inflammation.

    Available online at ulta.com.

  • 6 of 12 Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in A + Jasmine
  • Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in A + Jasmine
  • Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in A + Jasmine, $48

    These drops can be mixed into pretty much anything liquid—serum, oil, moisturizer, primer or even foundation! The formula is infused with vitamin A and jasmine oil to boost cell turnover, plump the skin with hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 7 of 12 Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster
  • Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster
  • Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster, $46

    If you don’t have a particular issue to address but you want to incorporate a booster into your routine, start with this one. It’s packed with antioxidants, hydrating oils and a blend of extracts to replenish skin and improve overall tone and radiance.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 8 of 12 Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $67

    Another great formula to give an overall boost to the skin without addressing a particular skin issue. This concentrate is used before your serum to defend against environmental stressors and all the day-to-day damage our skin is exposed to (like pollution, weather and sun damage).

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 9 of 12 Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Booster
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Booster
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Booster, $72

    Vitamin C is a miracle ingredient for skin and everyone should be incorporating it into their routine! This particular concentrate helps to brighten skin, boost collagen and minimize the look of wrinkles. It’s also oil-free, enriched with great tea extract and packed with sodium hyaluronate to hydrate skin while delivering antioxidant protection.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 10 of 12 Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster, $68

    If your skin is simply craving a double dose of moisture, this booster is fantastic to have on hand. The formula’s microdroplets contain Hyaluronic acid Chronospheres to deeply hydrate skin, release moisture over time and seal it all in for long-lasting relief. You can use it as a targeted treatment or all-over for a satisfying, quenching sensation.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 11 of 12 Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster
  • Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster
  • Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, $65

    Many skincare actives are designed to go deep down into the skin to work their magic, but what about the top layers of skin? Often ignored, the upper layers skin play a huge part in how effective your skincare will be. This booster helps to improve the surface layer of the skin so your other products work more efficiently. It also helps to boost the skin’s own ability to repair and renew itself, helping skin look its most beautiful.

    Available online at nordstrom.com.

  • 12 of 12 Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
  • Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
  • Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, $56

    Dermalogica has been incorporating boosters into their product range and professional treatments for years (it goes hand-in-hand with their customized approach to skincare treatments and “Face Mapping). This particular booster has been a favorite of mine for a long time. The water-light formula is enriched with glycolipids, algae extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and balance skin without any artificial fragrance or colors.

    Available online at ulta.com.

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