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The 10 Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums Out There

Add one to your winter skin arsenal.

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If I had to choose one beauty pet peeve, it would be dry skin. For me, it manifests in flaking between my eyebrows (not cute), a lack of a beautiful glow (even less cute), and my skin looking dull and unhealthy (the opposite of cute). Normally, my moisturizer keeps my skin hydrated enough to keep these concerns at bay. But during the winter, cold air mixed with my apartment's overzealous radiator means I need to up my skincare game. That's where hyaluronic acid comes in–the ultimate skin hydrator. Hyaluronic acid lets your skin retain its moisture, which it can't do when the elements are so dehydrating. The benefits of hyaluronic acid go beyond hydration, too: Skin naturally loses moisture as we get older, too, so introducing an ingredient like hyaluronic acid can also plump the skin, reducing fine lines and sagging. The good news is that hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in hydrating products, meaning you can find it at every price range imaginable. But because there are so many hyaluronic acid serums on the market, I hand-picked my favorites that target different issues—all while still giving your skin a dose of moisture.

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The Simple Serum
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30
The Ordinary amazon.com
$12.90 (14% off)

If you want big results on a budget, this serum from The Ordinary is perfect for anyone venturing into the hyaluronic acid serum game for the first time. A common dupe for pricier options, this product contains pure hyaluronic acid for the no-nonsense consumer.

For Sensitive Skin
Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Neutrogena amazon.com
$14.80 (13% off)

For anyone who's hesitant to use products that may clog their pores: There's no need to worry with this serum. This product is ultra-hydrating and perfect for anyone who suffers from breakouts and has to be careful about what they put on their skin.

Best for Plumping
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
L'Oreal Paris amazon.com
$17.17 (28% off)

When we age and lose moisture in our cells, it leads to drooping and sagging skin. This serum revitalizes those cells by giving them some much-needed moisture. The effect? Plumped, youthful skin that everyone will be envious of.

For Dry Skin
Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum
CeraVe amazon.com

This serum works hard to keep the skin moisturized even hours after it's applied. While some products offer some hydration but gradually sink into the skin, this serum uses time-release technology so you get those hydrating benefits all day long.

The Celebrity Favorite
Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm nordstrom.com

There's a reason why all your favorite celebrities rave about Dr. Barbara Sturm. Alongside hyaluronic acid, this serum utilizes anti-inflammatory ingredients to calm the skin and give it a healthy glow.

For Stressed Skin
Hydrating Serum
ARCONA nordstrom.com

With hyaluronic acid, Manuka honey, and amino acids, this serum plumps and protects the skin. For anyone who's looking for an anti-aging serum that also boosts the skin's moisture, this product is the one for you.

For Uneven Skin
Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster
CosMedix dermstore.com

Along with hyaluronic acid, this serum contains niacinamide, a powerful ingredient helps even bumpy, textured skin. With these two ingredients in one product, you'll find that your skin is becoming hydrated and smoother with every use.

Best for a Glow
Hydra-Boost Serum
Ayele & Co. ayele.co

When your skin is dehydrated, you might notice some dullness. This serum allows the skin to keep its natural dehydration, while also giving you an enviable glow. Plus, this product has the slightest scent of cucumber, which only intensifies the fresh feeling.

For Aging Skin
Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
First Aid Beauty nordstrom.com

This serum comes in a soothing gel texture that helps soften dehydrated skin. With moisturizing hyaluronic acid, soothing peptides, plumping collagen, and calming aloe vera, all the ingredients in this product help combat signs of aging. 

Best for Cooling
Hydra-Cool Serum
iS Clinical dermstore.com

If your skin is feeling irritated due to sun damage or dry winter air, this serum calms the skin while giving it extra moisture. Menthol instantly cools burning sensations, while hyaluronic acid protects the skin from future damage.

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