Hyaluronic acid. Those who aren't in the know might think it sounds a little scary. Acid? Why would you want to put that on your face, right?
But cast aside any ideas of a red raw complexion or flaky cheeks, because hyaluronic acid is pretty much the key to amazing skin - and there isn't a single stinging sensation to be felt. 'Hyaluronic Acid is a polysaccharide which is essentially a large sugar molecule that attracts water to the skin and holds it there creating a soup like matrix in which all skin cells are located,' explains Dr Barbara Kubicka, founder of Clinicbe.
'It's natural, non irritating ingredient and has high hydrating capacity therefore moisturises the skin in a very effective way. HA is good for all skin types but especially for dry and thin skin as well as oily when more intensive and rich moisturisers cannot be used. It’s also great for people with sensitive skin so all in all an essential ingredient,' Dr Kubicka explains.
The best part? Hyaluronic acid works on all skin types. And hyaluronic acid- packed serums are where it's at. Highly concentrated, a single slathering pre- moisturiser or alone has the ability to boost hydration levels significantly, so you can say see ya to lacklustre skin and hello to a flawless face.
B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum
Formulated with molecular weight in mind, Drunk Elephant's techy hyaluronic acid serum is biocompatible which means your skin can absorb more of the good stuff. What's more, it's vegan, cruelty-free and fragrance-free - ideal for even the most sensitive of complexions.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
The most affordable hyaluronic acid you're likely to find, The Inkey List's 2% hyaluronic acid concentration acts like a magnet for moisture in your skin, instantly rehydrating and plumping.
Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum 30pcs
The first rule of Elizabeth Arden's genius biodegradable hyaluronic acid capsules is: Don't eat the hyaluronic acid capsules. Seriously. Your skin will like you a lot more if you twist off the top and smooth over a clean face after cleansing. The best bit? Each capsule is perfectly portion sized so you won't waste any extra hydrating goodness.
Intense Hydrating Booster
Add this concentrate hyaluronic acid serum to your go-to moisturiser or use on its own for a serious hit of hydration. Formulated by Meghan Markle's wedding facialist, this water-like serum packs in serious expert skincare knowledge. Trust us, your face will feel the difference.
Capture Totale Super Potent Face Serum
Formulated with its own lab-made hyaluronic acid, this techy serum penetrates skin more efficiently so you can see actual changes in your complexion within a week.
Revitalift Filler with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Dropper Serum
The USA's best-selling anti-ageing serum has 1.5% hyaluronic acid at two different molecule weights. Ideal for ultimate hydration.
Triple Hyaluronic Acid & Lipopeptide Serum - £60 to non-members
If you see this hyaluronic acid serum on the site, get it. It's so popular, customers bulk buy it for its plumping abilities.
Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum - £107
As with all of Susanne Kaufmann's dreamy skincare products, this hyaluronic acid is formulated entirely with ingredients cultivated organically from the wild. The plant-based formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin whilst citric acid helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The result? One baby soft and smooth complexion. Who said natural skincare doesn't work?
Queen of skincare and cult dermatologist of the moment, Dr. Barbara Sturm knows a thing or two when it comes to seriously good skin and her hyaluronic acid serum is no exception. Formulated with long and short chain hyaluronic acid molecules to penetrate at different layers of your skin, this serum offers instant plumping and hydration whilst working longer term to battle lifestyle and environment aggressors. Apply everyday and we promise you won't regret the price tag.
Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Booster
It looks like a tall drink of water for your skin, and that's exactly what Vichy's hyaluronic acid booster is. Formulated with just 11 ingredients (read the back of your current serum and you'll see that's pretty minimal), including Vichy's legendary Thermal Mineralizing Water, the lightweight gel absorbs super quickly to hydrate skin in an instant.
Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster - £33
Ideal for making your regular moisturiser multi-function - add a few drops of Paula's Choice's clear hyaluronic acid gel to your day cream to give it a super charge of hydration. It might look small, but it is mighty.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster - £68
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract and coconut fruit juice and packed in a swimming pool blue bottle, Dr Dennis Gross' serum is about as close to a tropical vacation we're getting right now. The weightless texture feels instantly refreshing without leaving any greasy residue. Apply to parched skin that's sat out in the sun too long.
Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer
Somewhere between a gel moisturiser and a serum, this heavyweight hyaluronic acid formula is all natural. Botanical skincare lovers, this one's for you.
Super Bounce - £24
The clue's in the name with this plumping, hydrating hyaluronic acid serum. Expect super bouncy, soft skin after use. The best bit? It's paraben and fragrance-free so all skin types can treat themselves to a plushy complexion.
Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Serum - £51.90
A single pump of this highly concentrated hyaluronic acid serum provides relief from rigid skin, hydrating cells instantly and cumulatively as the day goes on.
How? It harnesses low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which penetrates faster than other forms of HA. It targets surface cells to fill out fine lines, as well as much deeper layers of skin to keep moisture on lock-down. The result? A healthy, dewy look and feel.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum - £38
Recommended by some of the best dermatologists in the business, this fast- absorbing, non-tacky serum boosts moisture levels in one application, making slack skin peppered with fine lines and wrinkles look and feel perfectly plump and pillowy. Added vitamin B5 helps speed up the repair of sensitive skin prone to damage.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - £5.75
If you're looking for something a little more substantial in texture than The Ordinary's brilliant Marine Hyaluronics, reach for this. The formula is completely clear but filled with three versions of hyaluronic acid molecules to reach all levels of thirsty skin, quenching it in next to no time. Apply just before your moisturiser for an extra hit of hydration or before make-up for a sturdy base. Our skin has never looked more dewy.
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyalyronic Serum - £39
Skin experts and beauty editors alike all rave about this ultra-light serum, and for good reason. Sans synthetic fragrance or unnecessary, sticky fillers, just two to three drops is enough to banish uncomfortable tightness and fine lines. Dry, sensitive skin laps it up.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum - £56
Like a drink of water for parched, taut skin, this lighter-than-air, completely fragrance free serum contains a huge 75% hyaluronic acid for unrivalled hydration, while the added silk proteins make skin feel satisfyingly soft. It'll forever be our post-flight go-to. A little goes a long way.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 - £40
This is the ultimate precursor to a luxe moisturiser but is so supercharged with hyaluronic acid and moisture-enhancing vitamin B5, that it can be applied alone. It's cooling on skin prone to irritation, super-silky in texture and sinks in in seconds. Stockpile it.
SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier - £85
Whether you use on it's own or apply pre-moisturiser, one hit of this award- winning, hyaluronic acid serum visibly brings tired-looking complexions back to life. We're talking lifted, supple, elastic, smooth and glowing skin. No wonder it has such an enormous following worldwide. We'll take another two bottles, please.