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The Serum That's Like a Green Juice for Karina's Face

It's all kinds of delightful.
Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85, available at Joanna Vargas

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85, available at Joanna Vargas

The collective obsession with juicing has kind of jumped the proverbial shark, but I'll be forever grateful for the advent of green juice, if for no other reason than the serum pictured above might have never existed without it. That would be an utter shame, because this formula seriously rocks. New York City-based facialist Joanna Vargas was inspired to create this lightweight yet superpowered serum after noticing a difference in her skin once she incorporated green juice into her diet.

My most important criterion for a daytime serum is that it absorbs quickly enough to layer under my moisturizer. Just a drop of this cooling, gel-like formula makes my complexion instantly beam without feeling (or looking) the least bit greasy. The formula is rich in hyaluronic acid, which hydrates skin, as well as vitamins A, C, E and F, which protect against environmental aggressors and — in extremely scientific terms — just make your skin happy. It's also spiked with green tea, chlorophyll and galactoarabinan, a plant-derived ingredient that helps boost cell turnover and minimize water loss. So while the $85 price tag might seem steep, the potent formula (and the fact that you need only a tiny dab a day) makes up for it.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85, available at Joanna Vargas.

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