Hyaluronic acid is basically the tried-and-true skincare equivalent of drinking eight glasses of water a day. But what is it actually? Let's break it down: Hyaluronic acid, otherwise known as HA, is a naturally occurring compound in our body with skin-nourishing and skin-moisturizing superpowers. As Dr. Barbara Sturm (the creator of the cult-favorite hyaluronic serum in every celebrity’s medicine cabinet) says, HA "helps retain over 1000 times its weight in water, so it provides an intense moisture boost.” In other words, apply it topically and bam! Dewy, hydrated skin that looks and feels plumped to perfection.
Still not convinced? Keep scrolling for a list of reasons we love incorporating the power of hyaluronic acid into our beauty regimen, plus 16 of the best HA products available right now.
It Works Wonders on All Skin Types and During All Seasons
While you may think that adding a product like hyaluronic acid serum is better saved for the chilly winter months or for particular skin types (aka not for acne-prone skin), think again. “Everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid serums as they hydrate the skin, something we should all aim to do,” saysYoon-Soo Cindy Bae, MD, a professor at NYU’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology and an associate at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. “It’s a nice boost especially during dry winter months, but hyaluronic acid can be used year-round,” notes Bae.
There are many positives that come with aging: wisdom, generally not caring too much about what people think, etc. But what happens to our skin over time is unavoidable. “Sun exposure and environmental damage can cause premature skin aging. During the aging process, the skin loses its ability to stay hydrated,” explainsDangene, founder of Dangene, The Institute of Skinovation. Hence our need for applying a topical hydrating drink for the skin to keep it plumped and dewy. “Hyaluronic acidmoisturizes and plumps, reduces the appearance of fine lines, expedites the healing of scars or active acne lesions, and can shield the skin from damaging weather conditions,” explains Dangene.
Recommended by a friend who swears on this power-packed potion, Pestle & Mortar’s HA serum is lightweight, hydrates instantly, and features other skin-soothing ingredients like aloe vera, padina-pavonica extract, and vitamin E.
There’s nothing this best-selling serum can’t do. Brightening from ample amounts of vitamin C? Check. Moisturizing and fine-line reducing thanks to HA? Check. Use it day and night for a two-pronged approach to brightening and moisturizing your face.
8. Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum
Chantecaille’s genius hybrid product gives us the best of both worlds: part blue-light protector (the harmful light that technology gives off—yep, your phone and laptop) and part moisturizing and plumping HA serum.
According to Bae, “SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator includes five different forms of hyaluronic acid to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for up to eight hours. It also contains an antioxidant blend that contributes to our skin health.”
It’s a celeb favorite for a reason. Dr. Barbara Sturm hyaluronic serum has a balance of high- and low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid that provides hydration to both the surface of your skin and deeper cellular hydration. The low molecular weight HA carries anti-aging active ingredients deep into your skin’s layers.
This skin quencher has three different molecular weights of HA that work their way into the different levels of your skin that are in need of some extra hydration. The result is a smooth and glowy complexion.