Hyaluronic acid. Those who aren’t in the know might think it sounds a little scary. Acid? Why would you want to put that on your face, right?
But cast aside any ideas of a red raw complexion or flaky cheeks, because hyaluronic acid is pretty much the key to amazing skin – and there isn’t a single stinging sensation to be felt.
‘Hyaluronic Acid is a polysaccharide which is essentially a large sugar molecule that attracts water to the skin and holds it there creating a soup like matrix in which all skin cells are located,’ explains Dr Barbara Kubicka, founder of Clinicbe.
‘It’s natural, non irritating ingredient and has high hydrating capacity therefore moisturises the skin in a very effective way. HA is good for all skin types but especially for dry and thin skin as well as oily when more intensive and rich moisturisers cannot be used. It’s also great for people with sensitive skin so all in all an essential ingredient,’ Dr Kubicka explains.
The best part? Hyaluronic acid works on all skin types. And hyaluronic acid-packed serums are where it’s at. Highly concentrated, a single slathering pre-moisturiser or alone has the ability to boost hydration levels significantly, so you can say see ya to lacklustre skin and hello to a flawless face.
Check our our pick of the best hyaluronic acid serums.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, US$337 (approx. S$468)
Queen of skincare and cult dermatologist of the moment, Dr. Barbara Sturm knows a thing or two when it comes to seriously good skin and her hyaluronic acid serum is no exception. Formulated with long and short chain hyaluronic acid molecules to penetrate at different layers of your skin, this serum offers instant plumping and hydration whilst working longer term to battle lifestyle and environment aggressors. Apply everyday and we promise you won't regret the price tag.Source: Dr. Barbara Sturm, Hyaluronic Acid, Serum
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster, S$102
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract and coconut fruit juice and packed in a swimming pool blue bottle, Dr Dennis Gross' serum is about as close to a tropical vacation we're getting right now. The weightless texture feels instantly refreshing without leaving any greasy residue. Apply to parched skin that's sat out in the sun too long.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum
Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Serum, US$84.75
A single pump of this highly concentrated hyaluronic acid serum provides relief from rigid skin, hydrating cells instantly and cumulatively as the day goes on. How? It harnesses low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which penetrates faster than other forms of HA. It targets surface cells to fill out fine lines, as well as much deeper layers of skin to keep moisture on lock-down. The result? A healthy, dewy look andSource: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
Irene Forte Hyaluronic Acid Vials - Age-Defying, £179 for 12
Handily portioned up into individual daily doses, you can't go wrong with applying Irene Forte's high-tech hyaluronic acid vials. The best bit? They're under 100mls each which means they're carry on luggage-friendly and ideal for a mid-flight facial.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum, S$69.90
Recommended by some of the best dermatologists in the business, this fast-absorbing, non-tacky serum boosts moisture levels in one application, making slack skin peppered with fine lines and wrinkles look and feel perfectly plump and pillowy. Added vitamin B5 helps speed up the repair of sensitive skin prone to damage.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
Medik8 Hydr8 B5, S$70
This is the ultimate precursor to a luxe moisturiser but is so supercharged with hyaluronic acid and moisture-enhancing vitamin B5, that it can be applied alone. It's cooling on skin prone to irritation, super-silky in texture and sinks in in seconds. Stockpile it.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster, S$57
Ideal for making your regular moisturiser multi-function - add a few drops of Paula's Choice's clear hyaluronic acid gel to your day cream to give it a super charge of hydration. It might look small, but it is mighty.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum, S$68.50
Skin experts and beauty editors alike all rave about this ultra-light serum, and for good reason. Sans synthetic fragrance or unnecessary, sticky fillers, just two to three drops is enough to banish uncomfortable tightness and fine lines. Dry, sensitive skin laps it up.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum, US$65
Like a drink of water for parched, taut skin, this lighter-than-air, completely fragrance free serum contains a huge 75% hyaluronic acid for unrivalled hydration, while the added silk proteins make skin feel satisfyingly soft. It'll forever be our post-flight go-to. A little goes a long way.Source: Hyaluronic Acid, Serum, Skincare
SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier, S$159
Whether you use on it's own or apply pre-moisturiser, one hit of this award-winning, hyaluronic acid serum visibly brings tired-looking complexions back to life. We're talking lifted, supple, elastic, smooth and glowing skin. No wonder it has such an enormous following worldwide. We'll take another two bottles, please.Source: SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier, Hyaluronic Acid, Face Serums, Skincare
Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum, US$169
As with all of Susanne Kaufmann's dreamy skincare products, this hyaluronic acid is formulated entirely with ingredients cultivated organically from the wild. The plant-based formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin whilst citric acid helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The result? One baby soft and smooth complexion. Who said natural skincare doesn't work?Source: Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum, Hyaluronic Acid, Face Serums, Skincare
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, S$9.50
If you're looking for something a little more substantial in texture than The Ordinary's brilliant Marine Hyaluronics, reach for this. The formula is completely clear but filled with three versions of hyaluronic acid molecules to reach all levels of thirsty skin, quenching it in next to no time. Apply just before your moisturiser for an extra hit of hydration or before make-up for a sturdy base. Our skin has never looked more dewy.Source: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, Skincare, Face Serums
Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Booster, S$60
It looks like a tall drink of water for your skin, and that's exactly what Vichy's hyaluronic acid booster is. Formulated with just 11 ingredients (read the back of your current serum and you'll see that's pretty minimal), including Vichy's legendary Thermal Mineralizing Water, the lightweight gel absorbs super quickly to hydrate skin in an instant.Source: Vichy, Hyaluronic Acid, Face Serums, Skincare