When it comes to getting dewy, hydrated skin, few products deliver the way some of the best hyaluronic acid serums do. While the fact that "acid" makes up 50 percent of the name hyaluronic acid, don't be fooled into thinking the ingredient is not for everyone; in fact, the substance is naturally produced by our bodies and holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. However, your skin's level of hyaluronic acid decreases with age, so if you're looking to maintain your moisture barrier and ramp up hydration levels, you may want to consider incorporating HA-laced products into your daily skin-care routine.
"[Hyaluronic acid] is great at holding water and giving skin resilience and firmness," New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Doris Day tells Honayst. "This not only helps the skin look beautiful, but also helps it function at its best. We can inject hyaluronic acid into the deeper layers of the skin to help restore lost volume, but used in creams and serums it can also do wonders for rejuvenation and hydration."
Even as we transition into warmer months, our skin will likely crave extra moisture to counteract sun exposure. Here, we present 21 of the best hyaluronic acid serums to give your skin some serious TLC year-round.
SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
SkinMedica's HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator may cost an arm and a leg, but if you have stubborn, sandpaper-dry skin, thanks to unruly radiators, then this satisfyingly rich serum could be a serious game-changer for you. Enriched with five different types of hyaluronic acid, as well as peptides to help speed up collagen production, a few pumps of the serum leave the skin looking plump and smooth immediately — while also working to stave off fine lines in the long run.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum
La Roche-Posay's Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum contains, not one, but two types of pure hyaluronic acid — and vitamin B5 — which work together to intensely hydrate skin immediately and over time. Safe for all skin types, including sensitive complexions, it's an excellent drugstore option to try if you're in the market for a new hydrating treatment.
SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier
Boost your skin's natural hyaluronic acid levels with SkinCeuticals' Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier, which is formulated with licorice root and purple rice to hydrate, tighten, and reduce the appearance of fine lines over time.
Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster
Dry skin and fine lines are no match for the cocktail of hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract, and centella asiatica found in Dr. Dennis Gross's Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster.
Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster
Use the Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster in tandem with the rest of your skin-care routine to counteract desert-levels of parched-ness. (Thanks, skin- drying heaters, and blustery temps.)
Vichy Minéral 89 Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
Douse your skin in moisture with Vichy's Minéral 89 Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, which features an 89 percent concentration (hence the name) of the French town's naturally mineral-rich water, plus sodium hyaluronate, for long-lasting hydration.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum is ideal for all skin types — even the most sensitive and easily irritated. Additionally, it features colloidal oatmeal as well as aloe leaf juice as an added skin-soothing bonus. With just a few uses, you'll notice your complexion looking plumper, juicier, and calmer all around.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 packs a major punch by combining its hyaluronic acid with vitamin B5, which aids in further nourishing and soothing the skin. Out of all the brand's affordable products, there's no doubt this one is a fan-favorite.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Think of Drunk Elephant's B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum as a tall glass of H20 for your skin. Sodium hyaluronate (aka a water-soluble, salt form of hyaluronic acid) shines as the hero ingredient and delivers intense hydration and antioxidant properties.
Glossier Super Bounce Serum
As the name suggests, Glossier's Super Bounce is a fast track to an instantly dewier complexion, thanks to skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum
Peach & Lily's Glass Skin Refining Serum takes inspiration from "glass skin" — aka an impossibly luminous, translucent complexion often seen on K-pop stars — and is packed with hyaluronic acid, peach extract, niacinamide, and peptides to calm, brighten, and nourish your complexion.
L'Oréal Paris Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Derm-tested? Check. Available at your local drugstore? Also check. L'Oréal Paris's Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum gives you instantly plump, supple skin with a few drops, applied morning and evening, for maximum results.
Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Serum
The lightweight Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Serum absorbs quickly into skin, but delivers long-lasting results for an all-day glow up. Did we mention it's under $20?
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
If you're not quite ready to get volumizing fillers (no pressure), try incorporating a hyaluronic acid concentrate into your routine to get plumper, smoother-looking skin sans needles. We like the Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line- Reducing Concentrate, which is also spiked with 12.5 percent vitamin C to brighten as it plumps.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum
We won't tell if you don't always get your eight glasses of water a day (guilty as charged). But if your skin is looking dehydrated and dull, bring it back to life with an intensely nourishing serum like Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum.
Olay Regenerist Max Hydration Serum
Recommended by board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, Olay Regenerist's Max Hydration Serum is an excellent supercharged, hydrating treatment that you can score at the drugstore for under $30. "In addition to hyaluronic acid, this lightweight serum also contains niacinamide which helps to soothe the skin," says Garshick. "It's fragrance- free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free, too, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin."
PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum
Garshick highly recommends PCA's Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum as it contains a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and the brand's proprietary HA-Pro Complex. The combination of ingredients, which, as Garshick explains, not only helps provide hydration on the surface — but also really works to deliver deeper hydration that aids in filling in fine lines and wrinkles, too. "It also contains ceramides to support the skin barrier and niacinamide, which has a soothing effect," says Garshick. It can be used on the face and neck once or twice a day.”