The skincare world can't get enough of hyaluronic acid, and honestly, neither can we. While the ingredient may sound super science-y (well, it kind of is), it’s really a gentle, naturally occurring substance in the body that does wonders to keep your skin looking dewy, supple, and moisturized.
"Hyaluronic acid is an all-star humectant," says dermatologist Jennifer Herrmann, MD. "It binds to water, making the skin look dewy, hydrated, and glowing.” While hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your body, its natural aging process and exposure to the sun, smoke, and free radicals can decrease the amounts found in your skin over time.
According to Herrmann, applying hyaluronic acid topically will not only boost your skin's moisture levels but will also provide anti-aging benefits by "smoothing fine lines and filling hollows." The result? "A soft glow that isn’t oily in appearance," she says. Are you ready to find your perfect HA serum match? You’ve come to the right place for the most hydrated skin. Continue reading below to discover 19 of the best hyaluronic acid serums to incorporate into your skincare routine ASAP.
Folks love CERAVE’s sensitive skin-friendly cleansers, but this dermatologist-fave brand’s serums get plenty of praise, too. This hyaluronic acid-infused option provides up to 24 hours of hydration, thanks to the addition of vitamin B5 and three essential ceramides. These all work together to lock in moisture and help strengthen and restore your skin’s protective barrier. It’s lightweight enough for those with both normal and dry skin.
THE ORDINARY’s innovative formula uses three types of hyaluronic acid with varying molecular weights, as well as an hyaluronic acid crosspolymer, to offer seriously deep hydration and visible plumping action. The brand can barely keep it in stock for a reason. It’s also fragrance-free, oil-free, and vegan.
Fans love this anti-aging face serum for the way it plumps skin and fills in wrinkles, all without leaving behind a greasy residue. It sinks right into your skin, acting as a bit of a hydration booster. It's great for those with sensitive skin, too, since it’s fragrance-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores).
Not only does this formula contain moisture-locking hyaluronic acid, it also features pro-vitamin B5 and glycerin, which both boost the hydration factor. Still, just because it’s keeping the moisture in your skin, doesn’t mean you’ll all of a sudden look like a greaseball. This formula is so lightweight, you’ll barely know you’re wearing it.
Most shop PAULA’s CHOICE stellar skincare for its acne-fighting benefits that don’t irritate sensitive skin. While this serum is a bit different, it still goes perfectly with your pore-clearing products. It gives dry skin a boost with hydration, filling in fine lines and wrinkles and reviving dullness. Those with oily skin might find this serum provides enough hydration, while those with dry skin might want to add a moisturizer on top.
Fans of SKINCEUTICALS’s hyaluronic acid serum swear it’s worth the price tag. That’s because it contains pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane, and botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice. These combine to create a serum-gel formula that creates a canvas on the skin, making it perfect to use as a makeup primer.
In this formula, pure hyaluronic acid and what the brand calls “15 Mineral-Rich Vichy Volcanic Water” come together to strengthen and repair your skin barrier. The product also promises to replenish your skin's moisture barrier, helping make it more resistant to stress from UV rays and pollution. Plus, it’s so lightweight that it’s even accepted by the National Eczema Association.
GLOW RECIPE’s yummy serum doesn’t just smell like a juicy plum—it’s actually infused with plum and five molecular weights of hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are combined with vegan collagen and vegan silk protein to fill each skin layer with hydration, helping you achieve plumper skin that's brighter and more even-toned. (Yes, hyaluronic acid can provide brightening benefits, too!)
Like other kickass hyaluronic serums, LA ROCHE-POSAY’s includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for optimal effectiveness. But that’s not all it has. The addition of madecassoside makes it seriously sensitive-skin friendly—proving that you can get hydrated, softer, plumped-up skin without irritation.
There are many forms of hyaluronic acid, and this face mist is a seriously refreshing one. It hydrates with two types of hyaluronic acid moisturizing squalane for all-day hydration. Use it in place of a serum in between skincare steps, or even as a way to set and revive your makeup. What can’t this face mist do?
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s clients include Kate Moss, Cher, Angela Bassett, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley—just to name a few. So when she creates a moisture-locking serum, we pay attention. This one features a concentrated balance of low and high molecularly weighted hyaluronic acid to provide visible hydration overnight.
For those with acne-prone skin, honey just might be the secret ingredient your skincare routine is missing. Honey extract and propolis (the resin found in beehives) are packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, both of which can help to tame, heal, and prevent breakouts. This formula combines both of these ingredients with hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid and silk amino acids, which come with firming benefits that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
One Ipster describes this serum as having a "velvety, silky texture with a subtle clean scent." She says, "It's not heavy nor does it leave a greasy residue. It's surprisingly hydrating enough for typical dry skin and it's an awesome primer!"
Looking for a little TLC around the eye area? This specialized eye serum pairs hydrating hyaluronic acid with R.N.A., a high-tech skin conditioning agent that dramatically fights signs of aging. Collagen also comes into play here to boost elasticity and skin suppleness. Just a few drops of this to the eye area in the morning provides long-term anti-aging benefits while also helping you look well-rested and ready to take on the day.
"Love this under eye cream," one Ipster writes. "Truly makes a huge difference to dark under-eye circles with just a few uses!"
Whether you're looking to target discoloration, blemishes, or a dull complexion, vitamin C is an ideal skincare ingredient to turn to. This brightening serum features a stabilized version of the antioxidant in a high concentration (a real win-win). The hero ingredient is paired with hydrating hyaluronic acid (of course) as well as nourishing green tea extract and soothing aloe vera. Smooth a few drops around your face and neck morning and night for a radiant, all-over glow.
"Loved it so much that it was gone in two weeks," one Ipster writes. "And I used it as directed! Perfect consistency and it left my skin feeling supple and not one bit greasy."
For those with combination skin, balancing out an oily T-zone with dry patches can feel like a never-ending battle. To help even things out, you might try this hyaluronic acid serum that comes packed with balancing probiotics. This buzzy skincare addition can help keep your skin's microbiome healthy, balancing out oily and dry areas while also keeping pore-clogging bacteria at bay.
"Obsessed!!! I cannot live without this product now," says one Ipster. Another adds, "Excellent product. Improved my skin Immediately! Cleaner complexion. Softens wrinkles. Feeds your skin."
Looking for a serum that contains just hyaluronic acid? Our hero ingredient is a one-woman show in this formula. The simplistic serum is ideal if you're a skincare expert who is fitting this into a customized multi-step routine, or if you just like to keep your skincare routine super easy. This is clean hydration at its finest.
"I was unsure of this product at first, but once I tried it I totally fell in love," says Lexijane143 Ipster. "It melts right into my skin fast but leaves it feeling so good!"
If a multi-step skincare routine sounds like a nightmare to you, this serum does the work of about three different products in one fell swoop. Seriously, we're not sure how it pairs so many benefits into one quick step. While hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates, AHAs gently exfoliate and resurface the skin. The formula even features calming tiger grass extract to keep your complexion super soothed. It's minimal effort for maximum results.
"This is a really great serum," one Ipster writes. "It is fading some of my old marks and makes my skin feel good."
Retinol and hyaluronic acid are a skincare match made in heaven. Since high-strength retinol (like the kind featured in this SUNDAY RILEY formula) can sometimes be irritating on the skin, hyaluronic acid helps to keep the skin calm and hydrated. When these two work together, you can essentially say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and breakouts without compromising your delicate moisture barrier. Pro tip: To make this even gentler, add a drop to a hyaluronic acid-packed moisturizer instead of applying it directly to the skin.
"Works well! I notice a difference with breakouts when used regularly," one Ipster writes. Another says, "This is the best find everrrrr! Lines around my eyes and mouth have been going away!!"
Need a little help with oil control? Try this serum that pairs hyaluronic acid with niacinamide (aka vitamin B3). The dermatologist-recommended ingredient is known to minimize the appearance of pores and regulate oil production. This skincare multitasker can even reduce redness and improve skin texture for a fresh-faced glow.
After using this lightweight gel serum, Ipster powell_3506 says, "This hydrating serum is such a delight, great for an oily face. It feels so silky and doesn't feel heavy at all."
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