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|31 Aug|6 mins

The One Ingredient Thirsty Skin Will Love

Say hi to hyaluronic acid.

When it comes to delivering a hefty dose of hydration to the skin, there are few ingredients that can quench quite like hyaluronic acid can. So if you haven’t already incorporated this ingredient into your routine, now’s the time to start. 

Don’t be fooled by the word ‘acid’ in its name, this one does none of the exfoliation associated with most skincare acids, but instead works as a humectant, binding water to the skin. And herein lies its superpower; hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water.

It’s the kind of ingredient that can give you instant results by improving moisture retention, and plumping out fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, it’s suited to any skin type. Even those that lean more towards oily can benefit from incorporating hyaluronic acid into their routine. 

Here are some top picks.

Best for: On a budget
THE ORDINARY Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This serum is a staple in any bathroom, and for good reason. The Ordinary make some of the most affordable cosmeceuticals on the market. Their hyaluronic acid contains three different molecular weights, plus B5 to amp up the serum’s hydrating effects. It has a slightly more sticky feel than some of it’s more expensive counterparts, but for the price, you absolutely can’t go wrong! And it’s a great place to start if you’re wanting to try hyaluronic acid for the first time.

Best for: Splurge buy 
TRIPLE A SKIN SCIENCE Hydrating Hyaluronic 97%

Sometimes it's nice to just indulge yourself with a top shelf purchase. If it’s name didn’t already give it away, this one is packed to the brim with the good stuff. It’s a high quality formula, and you’ll see the benefits of this through the way it manages to provide all day hydration, while its lightweight finish leaves skin feeling soft and glowy. Plus, not only is the syringe applicator fun to use, it’s completely airtight so keeps your serum fresh for longer.

Best for: Parched skin
ELIZABETH ARDEN Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum

Hyaluronic acid and ceramides – name a better dry skin duo, we dare you. If the end of winter has your skin feeling a little worse for wear, then these capsules could be for you. Each dose delivers all the plump, juicy goodness of hyaluronic acid, plus the skin barrier fortifying benefits of ceramides. This silky textured serum does a great job of instantly smoothing and softening fine lines. Each application is individually packaged to maintain the serum’s potency, making them a great option for travelling.

Best for: Skin resilience 
VIDA GLOW Hyaluronic Complex

There’s a huge range of beauty ingestibles on the market nowadays, and it can sometimes be difficult to make head or tail of their claims. Thankfully however, there have been a few clinical trials which show promising results when it comes to ingested hyaluronic acid’s effects on skin hydration. Vida Glow’s ingestible serum also includes a range of other active ingredients aimed at boosting water content and strengthening the skin barrier. While you can’t expect overnight results, think of it like a long term investment in overall skin health.

Free delivery over $50 and free returns.

Rachel Jones
Writer @showmetheglow
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