If you pay attention to the beauty industry at all, you've probably seen the words "hyaluronic acid" more in the past year than you've ever seen them before in your life. That's for good reason; advancements in cosmetic science have made the naturally occurring skincare ingredient smaller at the molecular level and more easily absorbed by the skin, and that means good things for your moisture levels.
HLA is a chemical that already exists inside your body, and its main benefit as a skincare additive is its ability to hold many times its own weight in water. That, in turn, helps your skin absorb and retain moisture, which helps boost the effectiveness of any other moisture-providing products you're using along with your source of HLA.
The easiest place to add hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine is through a serum added into your product lineup, but its popularity with consumers means that HLA is now popping up in more places than ever, from cleanser to color cosmetics. Below, we've gathered up some strong places to start for hyaluronic newbies.
Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase
$59 via Sephora
I mention this serum a lot, but there's a reason for that: it's made a genuine difference in how my skin absorbs and retains moisture.
Clé de Peau Concealer
$70 via Nordstrom
This concealer is legendary in the beauty world, and part of its appeal is that ingredients like hyaluronic acid make it less likely to cake up or dry out your skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
$58 via Sephora
If you're worried that a moisture-rich cream automatically means something oily or heavy that will clog your pores, this lightweight, oil-free moisturizer rich in hyaluronic acid is here to disabuse you of that notion.
HAND Chemistry Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate
$27 via Target
HLA is almost always limited to facial skincare, but this generously portioned gel is recommended for body and hands as well as face. It's the perfect, reasonably affordable way to give a jolt of luxe skincare to the rest of your skin.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint SPF 15
$55 via Sephora
If you (like me, unfortunately) find that most face makeup sucks the moisture straight out of your skin, this product was made with you in mind (and the coverage is better than the name implies).
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream
$18 via Nordstrom
This eye cream is light and effective, and the amount you get for the price makes it a great deal.
Omorovizca Blue Diamond Super Cream
$390 via Neiman Marcus
The price on this cream is steep, but it boasts three distinct types of hyaluronic acid, in addition to a whole host of other powerful ingredients.
Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex
$65 via Sephora
If you live in a place that's especially dry or if you have especially dry skin, find a place to layer this into your skincare routine and thank me later.
Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam
$35 via Nordstrom
Cleanser may seem like an odd place to find a moisture-retention ingredient, but for those with dry skin problems, finding a way to get clean without drying out further is a crucial skincare step.
Skin Inc. Deepsea Hydrating Mask
$75 via Sephora
Although some people swear by this product when used as intended, it was more effective for me when used as a highly potent pre-moisturizer serum.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick
$37 via Nordstrom
HLA helps this new lipstick formulation provide high-intensity color without stripping lips of needed moisture.
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