9 Hyaluronic Acid Serums That Do More Than Moisturize Parched Skin

BY Maggie Glover · May 31, 2017


Searching for the right skin care regimen can be overwhelming, especially if you’re hoping to address a specific skin care concern. Don’t worry, you’re not the first person to get lost in the alphabet soup of alpha-beta-hyaluronic-glycolic-etcetera acids. We’ve all spent timing wandering the skin care aisles wondering: Which acid is best for my complexion? Won’t acids dry out or irritate my skin? Are acids natural (because they sound like something created in a test tube)?

Despite its popularity, hyaluronic acid is one of the most misunderstood and misused ingredients in skin care. It’s often confused with alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) since they all do wonders for the skin. AHAs and BHAs exfoliate the topmost layers of your skin. Hyaluronic acid serums, on the other hand, are a great pick for anyone looking for a serious boost of skin moisture, no matter your skin type. It is one of the most commonly buzzed about beauty ingredients because of its incredible ability to hold up to 1,000x its weight in moisture. It’s also something that your body makes naturally, so its chemical composition absorbs easily into your skin. That makes hyaluronic acid  serums particularly amazing for dry and mature complexions or anyone who wants to plump away fine lines and wrinkles.

Ready to try this powerhouse ingredient? Here are our favorite ways to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your beauty routine:

1. SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

Why we love it: Aside from a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, this serum features 10% proxylane™, a patented molecule that supports the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels, as well as botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice. These ingredients work synergistically to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%. The result? Long-lasting hydration and improved skin texture.

What shoppers say: “Just a small amount goes a long way. I can tell a tremendous difference in my skin. Plump moist and smooth. Keeps the moisture in and makes fine lines and wrinkles disappear. I love this product. Worth the price.” – Palm Coast, FL

2. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Why we love it: This treatment features a proprietary blend of five different forms of hyaluronic acid—Time-Release HA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Uncross-Linked HA, Nano Hyaluronate and Cross-Linked HA—that work synergistically to instantly smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and provide continuous hydration for up to eight hours. But more important, it contains an exclusive antioxidant blend to support skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for increased hydration and long-term skin health.

What shoppers say: “Love this product. It’s mild and like a water-weight gel which sinks in very fast. I love a new product that improves my skin so fast :)” – From Broomall, PA

3. Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum

Why we love it: This serum features plant-derived hyaluronic acid to plump sagging facial contours and boost your skin’s moisture levels. Salicylic acid gently removes debris from your pores to prevent breakouts and even your complexion.

What shoppers say: “LOVE this product! I have dry skin and also travel A LOT… Without it, no moisturizer seems to penetrate my skin. With it, my dry skin is smooth, firm and hydrated all day.” – From Fort Wayne, IN

4. Replenix Pure Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Why you love it: Packed with humectants, this quick-absorbing serum continually draws moisture from the air, so your skin stays hydrated throughout the entire day. Plus, all that added hydration naturally plumps your skin, refining the surface of your complexion.

What shoppers say: “I have struggled with dry skin all my life. I put moisturizer on every morning, every evening, and after I take a shower. Still, I get flaky dry skin. As I was just getting old enough to give up and stop caring, I discovered this serum. My skin stays supple and hydrated throughout the day.” – From Troy, NY

5. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum

Why we love it: Aside from having an insane amount (75%, by the way) of hyaluronic acid? This feather-light serum also features silk proteins, a derivative of pure silk in a water-soluble form, as well as bio-fermented minerals like zinc, copper, manganese, iron and silicon to help increase moisture levels and leave skin soft and smooth.

What shoppers say: “Acne prone, super sensitive skin approved! My skin gets a rash from a breeze. I’ve been using this serum for 18 weeks with the cloud lotion, it’s made such a difference in my redness, breakouts and fine lines. You need to try this if you have dry acne prone skin. I look years younger already!” – Stephentown, NY


6. ClarityRx Daily Dose of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum

Why we love it: Dull and dry skin types should incorporate this serum into their beauty routine, which features a blend of powerful hydrators like hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate and revive your natural glow.

What shoppers say: “My esthetician recommended this and I just love how it feels. I love how it feels when I put it on (super lightweight) and I love even more how my skin feels when I wake up in the morning (every day my skin gets more supple and soft).” – From New York, NY

7. Cellex-C Skin Hydration Complex

Why we love it: This treatment may be used as a moisturizer or serum to restore hydration, prevent and lighten age spots and promote collagen production. It features ellagic and amino acids to rev up your collagen production, too.

What shoppers say: I would recommend this product to those who want to hydrate their skin without an oily feel. I am concerned with adult acne and this product has not presented any problems. I have noticed a definite improvement in the overall texture of my skin.” -From Philadelphia, PA


8. PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

Why we love it: While most serums contain concentrated amounts of hyaluronic acid, this serum features a proprietary blend, HA-Pro Complex, which encourages the skin to create its own hyaluronic acid, resulting in long-term anti-aging and hydration.

9. Jan Marini Hyla3D HA Activating Complex

Why we love it: This serum takes a three-dimensional approach to restore skin’s hydration and youthful volume. First, it features multiple forms of hyaluronic acid to deliver deep, long-lasting hydration. Second, it employs advanced technologies to enhance hyaluronic acid within the skin. And third, it complements hyaluronic acid benefits with peptides and antioxidants to boost your skin’s collagen and elastin production.

Maggie Glover

Maggie Glover is originally from Pittsburgh. Before joining the team at DermStore, she worked in marketing for companies like ModCloth.com, ipsy and TripAdvisor. Her true passion is writing and reading poetry, but she also has a thing for wild style ... Read More >

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