hydrating skincare sticks

8 On-the-Go Serums to Help Streamline Your Beauty Routine

Skin hydration is just a stick away.

By: Hannah Baxter

Lets be real: Any beauty product that drenches our skin in additional moisture this time of year is welcome at the table. Even better if we can throw it in our bag for a midday touch-up. Skin-care sticks—aka a compact serum in bullet-style packaging—are basically made for on-the-go hydration, which is why we keep a few within arms reach at all times. Eyes looking puffy and lackluster by noon? Swipe on a caffeine-and-antioxidant-packed version. Forgot to put on your requisite layer of SPF this morning? There’s a stick version that also contains a blend of oils for added hydration, plus a killer highlight.

Discover our eight favorite skin-care sticks for winter below—it truly couldn’t be easier to give your skin the protection it needs right now.


Tatcha The Serum Stick: Treatment & Touch Up Balm, $48

The beauty industry went crazy once this balm dropped late last year, and for good reason. It melts into your skin in seconds and plumps it with squalane, hyaluronic acid, and Japanese lemon balm.

Olay Refreshing Pressed Serum Stick, $27

Vitamin B3 and Sake Kasu are the star ingredients in this hydrating stick. The former helps lock in moisture all day long, while the latter contains amino acids and antioxidants for bright, healthy skin.

Acure Seriously Soothing Serum Stick, $19

Soothing blue tansy and antioxidant-rich grape seed oil give this serum its protective properties, so neither free radicals nor the bitter cold can steal your skin’s glow.

Supergoop! Glow Stick Sunscreen SPF 50, $25

SPF is a must, even in the winter, which is why we love this compact stick. The added oil blend, which contains buriti, pracaxi, and tamanu oils, douses your skin with fatty acids and acts as an all-natural highlight. It’s a win-win.

Peach & Lily Cold Brew Eye Recovery Stick, $28

The skin around your eyes is super sensitive, which is why you need to give them a little extra love this time of year. The caffeine, cucumber extract, and green tea cool the skin and fight residual puffiness, while the niacinamide and turmeric extract soothe and even out skin tone.

M.A.C. Prep + Prime Essential Oils Stick, $28

A makeup artist staple, this multi-purpose balm is ideal for tapping into the corners of your nose and mouth before applying foundation. Dry, flakey skin is nowhere to be found, so your makeup sits perfectly all day long.

Ilia Cucumber Water Stick, $42

When your skin is irritated from the wind and cold, this cooling stick will help bring it back to life. Cucumber pulp, aloe extract, and chicory root fight inflammation and ensure that your skin is glowing and hydrated.

Face Gym Multivitamin Training Stick, $49

This cult-favorite stick is perpetually sold out, so check back often to snag one for yourself. It contains vitamins C, E, and hyaluronic acid to keep your complexion even and moisturized, as well as carrot oil for nourishing fatty acids. The proprietary motion-activated complex ensures that the active ingredients are released as your skin temperature heats up.

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