The word “acid” can conjure thoughts of exfoliation or even discomfort when it comes to skin care-but hydration? Not too many. A certain form of acid, however, can be severely hydrated — and it deserves all the publicity it has gained over the past few years. Hyaluronic acid, which is a tried-and-true ingredient undergoing a bit of a revival, will please even the thirtiest complexions.
Who you’re going to see in the mirror: a younger, better looking one. Hyaluronic acid can be found in lots of products, often described on the label of ingredients as sodium hyaluronate, but most people prefer either a serum (applied after washing and before a moisturizer) or a cream (applied after a serum and before sunscreen). Serums will give you a direct shot of your favorite active ingredients, while moisturizer will help seal all that goodness. Healthy part? Hyaluronic acid may support all types of skin — from delicate and dry to oily and acne-prone — because it can minimize unpleasant side effects from stronger ingredients, such as retinol, which can sound harsh or dry out the skin.
Ready to see what this whole fuss is all about? Check out these dermatologist-approved serums and creams that will love your skin absolutely not only with hyaluronic acid but a slew of ingredients.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate dry spots, raise overall shine, slather this plumping serum all over your face and back. The best-selling formula is free of fragrances, mineral oil, parabens, and synthetic coloring that can help even sensitive skin types. Plus, to prevent the tacky feeling it absorbs easily.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Each one comes with an unbeatable price tag for all skin types, if you’re new to serums. The basic vegan formula of the Ordinary includes both hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to quench thirsty skin — all without the use of pore-clogging oils and possibly alcohol irritants.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel-Cream
If you have not found a regular moisturizer that works for you, this oil-free, lightweight gel-cream is a dream come true. Once you apply it (in a positive way), it feels non-existent, contains moisturizing hyaluronic acid, tastes like nothing, and leaves the skin bumpy and clean without clogging the pores.
Olehenriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum
For a trifecta that literally cannot beat, this delightfully citrusy serum blends skin-brightening vitamin C, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and exfoliating polyhydroxy acids. Using a skin regular in the morning that looks evener, healthier and radiant over time. The texture is slightly smoother than your usual serum, but it soaks right in to plump instantly.
Vichy Minéral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum and Moisturizer
Thanks to a pro combination of thermal water, essential minerals and hyaluronic acid, this Vichy serum will give your skin the bounce and glow you were looking for. Allergy-tested and free of parabens, fragrances, grease, alcohol and dyes, this is a good choice for all forms of skins.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum
The perfect vitamin C solution, this CeraVe lightweight formula contains a dose of hyaluronic acid and ceramides to hydrate as it soothes and brightens. Best of all, its non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, which also enhances radiance for sensitive and acne-prone tainting.