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15 Best Hyaluronic Serums and Creams for Hydrated, Glowing Skin in 2022

This moisture magnet should be a staple for every skin type.

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When it comes to skincare, the word “acid” might conjure thoughts of exfoliation or even irritation—but hydration? Not so much. However, a certain type of acid can be seriously hydrating—and it deserves all the attention it’s garnered in the past few years. Hyaluronic acid, a tried-and-true ingredient that’s experiencing a bit of a renaissance, can satisfy even the thirstiest complexions.

Applied topically, this humectant acts like a tiny sponge, holding up to a thousand times its weight in water and pulling it to the skin’s surface to quench and plump, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “It is commonly used as an ingredient in moisturizers because of its hydration benefits, and can even help plump the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines.” The result? A younger, healthier-looking you.

You can find hyaluronic acid in tons of products, often listed as sodium hyaluronate on the ingredients label, but most people opt for either a serum (applied after cleansing and before a moisturizer) or a cream (applied after a serum and before sunscreen). Serums will give you a dose of your favorite active ingredients, while moisturizers help seal all that goodness in. The best part? Hyaluronic acid can benefit all skin types—from sensitive and dry to oily and acne-prone—because it helps reduce irritating side effects from stronger ingredients that can feel harsh or dry out the skin, like retinol.

Ready to see what all the hype is about? Check out these dermatologist-approved serums and creams that feature not only hyaluronic acid, but a slew of ingredients your skin will absolutely love.

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Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
L’Oréal Paris
Now 46% off

Slather this plumping serum all over your face and neck to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate dry patches, and boost overall glow. The best-selling formula is free of fragrances, mineral oil, parabens, and synthetic dyes so even sensitive skin types can benefit. Plus, it absorbs quickly to prevent that tacky feeling.

Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel-Cream

This oil-free, lightweight gel-cream is a dream come true if you haven’t found a daily moisturizer that works for you. It feels nonexistent after you apply it (in a good way), contains moisturizing hyaluronic acid, doesn’t smell like anything, and keeps the skin looking bouncy and healthy without clogging pores. And with thousands of five-star ratings on Amazon, it's customer favorite as well. 

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

If you’re new to serums, this one comes with an unbeatable price tag for all skin types. The Ordinary’s simple vegan formula contains both hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to quench thirsty skin—all without the use of pore-clogging oils and potentially irritating alcohol. It's also super lightweight and smooth on the skin.

4 Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum
Ole Henriksen

This delightfully citrusy serum combines skin-brightening vitamin C, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and exfoliating poly-hydroxy acids for a trifecta that simply can’t be beat. Use daily in the morning for a complexion that looks more even, smooth, and radiant over time. The texture is a bit thicker than your traditional serum, but it soaks right in to instantly plump.

Best Natural Serum
Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Serum

This affordable serum packs hyaluronic acid alongside soothing aloe, nourishing jojoba oil, and protective vitamins C and E for a do-it-all anti-ager. Testers love how smoothly it applies, and that a little bit goes a long way.

6 Regenerist MAX Hydration Serum

If dewy skin is what you’re after, this serum doesn’t disappoint. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3), it tackles dry spots, redness, and fine lines with no problems. Fragrance-free and fast-absorbing, your skin will feel soft and supple—never greasy.

7 Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum
Now 18% off

Another great vitamin C serum, this lightweight formula from CeraVe packs a dose of hyaluronic acid and ceramides to hydrate as it brightens and soothes. Best of all, its noncomedogenic and fragrance-free, so it boosts radiance for sensitive and acne-prone complexions, too.

8 Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
First Aid Beauty

This gel-like serum packs hyaluronic acid, skin-smoothing peptides, and collagen to encourage extra lift and bounce. Bonus: It also contains colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera—two ultra-soothing, redness-reducing ingredients that nourish irritated skin.

9 Hyaluronic Sea Serum

If you prefer a more natural option, look no further. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the vegan, fragrance-free formula includes three different organic seaweeds for a dose of protective antioxidants.

10 Minéral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum and Moisturizer

Thanks to a pro blend of thermal water, essential minerals, and hyaluronic acid, this serum from Vichy will give your skin the bounce and glow you’ve been looking for. Allergy-tested and free of parabens, fragrances, oil, alcohol, and colorants, it’s a safe bet for all skin types. It's also clinically shown to repair and replenish the skin for a noticeably smoother complexion.

11 Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Cloud Cream
Peter Thomas Roth

Your skin will feel like it just gulped down a big glass of water after applying this lightweight gel cream. In addition to hyaluronic acid, it also contains ceramides (another hydrating and protective ingredient) to ensure more supple and smooth-looking skin. Because it’s free of oil, alcohol, and fragrances, it’s especially great if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin.

12 Moisturizing Cream
Now 14% off

This is the best no-fuss option you can find when it comes to a do-it-all moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid and ceramides work together to inject all skin types with long-lasting hydration. This gentle formula is also fragrance- and oil-free, noncomedogenic, and developed with dermatologists to minimize irritation—a win for those who struggle with eczema or acne.

13 Hydrating Super Serum Clinical Concentrate Booster
Dr. Dennis Gross

Your skin will seriously drink this serum up—and you’ll be obsessed with the results. On top of moisturizing hyaluronic acid and ceramides, vitamin E nourishes, green tea soothes, and alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate to send dead skin cells packin’ for a smoother, more vibrant complexion.

14 Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

In addition to 1.3% hyaluronic acid, this restoring serum packs in proxylane (an ingredient that works to firm the skin), herbal extracts to make sure the humectants can do their thing, and salicylic acid to keep pores clear. Testers looking to smooth fine lines swear by the formula—and a little goes a long way.

15 HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
Now 15% off

This serum offers hyaluronic acid, a peptide complex, and nourishing vitamin E to keep your skin feeling moisturized for hours. “This is a wonderful hydrator that goes on smoothly and completely with one pump per application,” one reviewer raves. “Smells great and my skin feels and looks great. People are surprised that I am 75!!!” 

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