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Skincare serums take on a heavy responsibility; some are asked to address pesty breakouts, brighten the dark spots left behind from said breakouts, and smooth skin, among many other tasks. It’s easy to want to try them all, especially when they’re formulated with powerhouse ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C, and peptides. But if there’s one serum your beauty arsenal should keep in stock, it’s hyaluronic acid.

A close look at the name will tell you all you need to know about the popular ingredient: retaining moisture is its primary goal. “Serums are low viscosity, thinner liquids that are typically formulated to be used under a moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant,” Dr. Camille Howard, NY-based dermatologist and founder of Girl+Hair, tells ELLE.com. When mixed with a moisturizer, hyaluronic acid allows your skin to soak up all that hydration so you can look fresh and plump throughout the day. Choosing the right serum for your skin type doesn’t need to be difficult. Ahead, 20 simple-yet-effective hyaluronic acid serums to incorporate into your routine.

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Derm’s Favorite

Neostrata

Hyaluronic Luminous Lift

2

Best For Intense Hydration

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster Serum

3

Best For Fine Lines

Farmacy

Filling Good Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum

4

Best For Barrier Repair

Skinfix

Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Hyaluronate Serum

5

Best For All Skin Types

The INKEY List

Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum

6

Best Splurge

SkinCeuticals

Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

7

Best Internet Favorite

Glow Recipe

Plum Plump™ Hyaluronic Acid Serum

8

Best Drugstore

L’Oréal

Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum

9

Best For Anti-Aging

La Roche-Posay

Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

10

Best For Fine Lines

Peter Thomas Roth

Water Drench Hyaluronic Liquid Gel Cloud Serum

11

Best For Firming

Youth to the People

Triple Peptide & Cactus Oasis Serum

12

Best Antioxidant Serum

Eminence Organic Skin Care

Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator

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Best Affordable Option

The Ordinary

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Now 29% off

14

Best For Daily Use

Neutrogena

Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

Now 10% off

15

Best For K-Beauty Lovers

Laniege

Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Serum

Now 30% off

16

Best Ampoule Form

Isdin

Intensive Hyaluronic Acid Ampoules

Now 30% off

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Best For Strengthening

Paula’s Choice

Boost Hyaluronic Acid Booster with Ceramides

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Best For Beginners

CeraVe

Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Best For Skincare Pros

PCA SKIN

Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

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Best Vitamin C-Infused

Kiehl’s Since 1851

Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Serum

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Good Molecules

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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What does hyaluronic acid serum do?

Think of hyaluronic acid as a serum that helps your skin preserve moisture—the good kind. “[Hyaluronic acid] attracts and binds water; it is ideal to combine a hyaluronic acid serum and a moisturizer,” Dr. Howard says.

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When should I apply hyaluronic acid serum?

“It is important to think of the order you apply your products,” she adds. When using skincare products, apply each formula from lightest to thickest consistency. “First, you would cleanse your face. Next, apply your hyaluronic acid serum and then follow with a moisturizer,” Dr. Howard explains.

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Can I use hyaluronic acid serum everyday?

“Yes, you can use a hyaluronic acid serum daily. My advice is to take a look at the ingredient list of your other products as they may also be formulated with hyaluronic acid,” she says. Hyaluronic acid is a team player and pairs well with other humectants and actives.

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Meet the expert

Dr. Camille Howard, NYC-based dermatologist and founder of Girl+Hair

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