The Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums to Give Your Skin a Moisture Boost

Think of it as the most democratic skincare ingredient.

Of the buzzy skincare ingredients, the buzziest (not to mention most user friendly) has to be hyaluronic acid. But what is this magical ingredient cropping up on every single inky list—and more importantly which serums should you snap up?

Celebrity aesthetician and founder of Renee Rouleau Skin Care, Renee Rouleau herself explains that hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and acts as a lubricant for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. "Like glycerin, hyaluronic acid is a humectant and attracts moisture from the air as well as from the lower layers of the skin to deliver it to the epidermis, which increases plumpness and elasticity in skin. It is great for repairing the skin’s moisture barrier and preventing transepidermal water loss."

Dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engleman further explains why it makes such a good skincare addition: "This naturally occurring carbohydrate binds 1000x its weight in water, so it's an effective moisturizer and helps your skin store hydration (no matter your skin type), because it creates a barrier for the skin, locking in moisture and improving textures." Simply put, hyaluronic acid is a baseline ingredient in a good skin care routine— everyone should be using it. These are our favorite hyaluronic serums to use, whether you want to brighten your skin or are more concerned with a dose of heavy duty hydration.


Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum

SHOP NOW: This Works,, $57.00

This Works is famous for their formulations tied to specific hours of the day. This hyaluronic serum was quite literally created to put a little pep in your skin, and step, when you wake up in the morning. 2 percent hyaluronic works to firm and smooth the skin (not to mention blow any dehydration out of the water) while slow release vitamin C feeds the collagen in your skin and brightens your appearance.

Vichy Minéral 89 Daily Booster

SHOP NOW: Vichy,, $29.50

Sometimes simple really is the best, especially if you have uber sensitive skin. Thus, Vichy dreamt up a pared down moisturizer that is 89 percent comprised of their mineralizing water, 15 essential minerals and natural origin hyaluronic acid. Bonus: it's fragrance free.  

Hydrate Moisture Replenishing Serum

SHOP NOW:, $43.00

Everlasting flower oil and squalane, for their respective moisturizing benefits, are blended here with sodium hyaluronate (that's another name for hyaluronic acid) for the ultimate hydrating reinforcement. 

Skin Drink Concentrate

SHOP NOW: Renee Rouleu,, $44.50

The name of this concentrate truly says it all. Rouleau expertly blended hyaluronic acid to help skin retain hydration, ascorbyl palmitate to brighten, salicylic acid to fight off microbes and encourage clearer pores, and a touch of aloe leaf juice to soothe and comfort sensitive skin. 

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

SHOP NOW: Drunk Elephant,

Drunk Elephant blends pro-vitamin B5, pineapple ceramide, and sodium hyaluronate to improve barrier function, boost luminosity and improve skin tone, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and promote firmness. 

Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

SHOP NOW: SkinCeuticals,, $100.00

A concentrated blend of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane, and botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice ensure that the skin's hyaluronic acid levels are supported and boost surface hydration—thus improving the skin so it appears firm, smooth and plumped. 

Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum

SHOP NOW: Chantecaille,, $150.00

Sure, this potion will plump and hydrate your skin, but it's the added boost of a protective blue-light blocker that prevents damage related to light pollution. The effect: radiant and youthful skin. 

Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum

SHOP NOW: Allies of Skin,, $75.00

A potent blend of hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants, and stem cells takes down inflammation and improves elasticity. But don't sleep on the fact that it's a kick in the pants to any evidence that you are tired. 

Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum

SHOP NOW: Darphin,, $79.00

A blend of multiple molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract, and glycerin cool and comfort a dehydrated face, reinvigorating and repairing for a refreshed complexion. 

Cucumber Recovery Serum

SHOP NOW: Snow Foxsnow,, $64.00

Pure hyaluronic serum blended with botanical extracts soothes skin that might be stressed and sensitive. Longterm use plumps and smooths for a fresh faced glow. 

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