Staying hydrated is the key to a supple, glowy complexion. It goes without saying that you should be guzzling plenty of H2O (preferably utilizing a reusable water bottle). But slathering on thirst-quenching topicals is super important, too—especially in the winter. With that, we’d like to introduce you to hyaluronic acid, your winter skin-care savior.
Having nightmares of a flaky face as you walk down the aisle at your winter wedding? Well, with hyaluronic acid on your side, that will no longer be a concern. For those who aren’t familiar, hyaluronic acid is a wonder ingredient that holds 1,000 times its weight in water. It's already naturally occurring in your body, helping your cells regulate moisture, and skin-care products that contain it similarly moisturize your skin to keep it plump and glowy. To sum it up, it’s pretty darn impressive at kicking dryness to the curb.
Ahead are eight hyaluronic acid serums to combat parched winter skin. Truth be told, many of our picks are on the spendy side, but you can’t put a price on hydration. Right?
Youth to the People Superfood Firm and Brighten Vitamin C Serum
It blows our mind how Youth to the People packs so much superfood goodness—kale and spinach—plus peptides, antioxidants, vitamin C, and cross-linked HA (the really beneficial stuff) into a formula that feels weightless but works like magic. When the results are this awesome, why overthink it?
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $62
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
If you work in an office with any type of heating system, chances are, that awful sensation of midafternoon tightness is all too familiar. Banish it with this nutrient-rich serum. Don’t let its lightweight texture fool you—it’s deceptively hydrating and lasts all day.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $52
SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier
Why spend $98? This splurge-worthy elixir promises to amplify hyaluronic acid levels and restore elasticity. And we’d be skeptical of such a claim if we didn’t have proof—clinical studies, positive reviews, and die-hard loyalists. SkinCeuticals is trusted by tons of dermatologists, so it’s got that too.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $98
Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum
It’s never too early to start implementing an age-defying regimen. This youth-boosting formula features an all-star lineup of botanical ingredients. There’s plant-derived hyaluronic acid for plumpness and hydration, along with pore-clearing salicylic acid and CoQ10 to rev up collagen production for blissfully bouncy skin.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $48
Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum
Natural beauties can’t stop raving about this rejuvenating serum that strikes the balance between clean and effective. With three molecular weights of HA and organic seaweed extracts, it’s silky salvation for winter-ravaged complexions. Apply after cleansing and you’ll be singing its praises, too.
SHOP NOW: The Detox Market, $88
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster
The name says it all. This concentrate has a special time-released delivery system that floods skin with moisture, while replenishing essential vitamins and minerals. What’s great is that you can slather it on dry patches or mix into your go-to products for an extra hit of T.L.C.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $68
PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum
Days spent on the slopes are basically guaranteed to cause discomfort and flaking. Want to stack the deck in your skin’s favor? This super luxe serum—powered by ceramides, sodium hyaluronate, and niacinamide—is worth its weight in gold. Which is a good thing, because a bottle doesn’t come cheap.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $115
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
This drugstore gem packs a far stronger punch than its under-$15 price tag would lead you to believe. With purified HA, this serum absorbs quickly to quench skin and is oil-free, making it perfect for those with more sensitive complexions.
SHOP NOW: Target, $14.99