Dermatologists Are Hard to Impress, But They Swear By This Glow-Boosting Ingredient

In a world of many, many skincare ingredients, things can get pretty overwhelming, not to mention confusing. A good skincare routine for acne prone skin can vastly different from one for dry skin, and with so many skincare brands around, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to creating a routine for your skin's needs. One ingredient that pretty much every dermatologist and skincare expert can vouch for, however, is hyaluronic acid. And a hyaluronic acid serum is one of the best ways to introduce this superstar ingredient into your routine.

What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?

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Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that can benefit every skin type. It has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, making it ultra hydrating.

“All skin types can generally benefit from humectants to help boost and support skin hydration," says Look Fantastic's in-house pharmacist, Aruj Javid. "Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps to draw in moisture helping to hydrate your skin. It can also help to strengthen your skin barrier giving a smooth, plump effect. ” In a nutshell, think of hyaluronic acid as a sponge that draws moisture into the skin, helping to boost hydration, plump the skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

The beauty of a hyaluronic acid serum is that it can seamlessly slot into your routine and it will complement any other skincare products, such as retinols, exfoliating acids and vitamin Cs, that you're using. Hyaluronic acid serums typically some in lightweight gel consistencies that instantly sink into the skin and provide instant hydration and plumping effects over time.

Ready to find the best hyaluronic acid serum for you? I've rounded up the best ones ahead for every skin type, concern and preference.

The Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums

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1. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum Overall: Beauty Pie Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum

2. Best Luxury Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

3. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Brightening: Templespa Let's Concentrate Skin Glowing Serum

4. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Sensitive Skin: Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum

5. Best Affordable Hyaluronic Acid Serum: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

6. Best Plumping Hyaluronic Acid Serum: SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

7. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Dry Skin: CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

8. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Oily Skin: The Inkey List: Hyaluronic Acid Serum

10. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Acne-Prone Skin: Byoma Clarifying Serum

11. Best Hyalruonic Acid Serum With a Range of Molecular Weights: Naturium Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5%

12. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for a Dewy Finish: Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Serum

13. Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense

14. Best Hyalruonic Acid Serum for the Eyes: Beauty Pie Triple Hyaluronic Acid Elastic Lifting Eye Serum

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.