We can sum up our feelings for winter in two words: dry skin. Because with frigid air and stale artificial heaters, our biggest winter woe is without a doubt the flaky, lifeless state of our complexion. And since cold-weather season is basically inevitable, we're looking for real skin-saving solutions this year. Our first strategy? Loading up on hyaluronic acid serums. If you aren't using a product with hyaluronic acid already, now's the time to start: The powerful component can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, meaning it blasts even the most dehydrated complexions with moisture. Ahead, we rounded up the absolute best hyaluronic acid serums, all of which are prepared to brighten, soften, and plump your angry, winter skin this season.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum ($300)
There’s no getting around it—this formula will cost you a pretty penny. But with a major dose of hyaluronic acid, this little miracle worker brings dry, dehydrated skin back to life immediately upon application.
SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier ($98)
A high concentration of hyaluronic acid is paired with proxylane and botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice to firm, smooth, and plump skin.
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum ($69)
Pestle & Mortar couple hyaluronic acid with antioxidant-rich vitamin E for this skin-smoothing and radiance-boosting serum (which moonlights as a velvety makeup primer).
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($27)
Hyaluronic acid isn’t the only component of Mad Hippie’s formula—vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, and konjac root powder combine to brighten and plump skin in a single swoop.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum ($65)
When your skin is at its absolute driest, reach for Peter Thomas Roth’s cult-favorite serum. A whopping 75% hyaluronic acid quickly restores parched skin.
PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum ($85)
Not only does PCA’s serum blast skin with moisture, but it works to boost your skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid. The result is one power-house of an anti-aging formula.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($7)
A top-notch serum for less than $10 seems a little too good to be true, but The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid formula has quickly become a cult-favorite product. Rather than sitting on top of the skin like many serums, The Ordinary uses three forms of hyaluronic acid, as well as vitamin B5, for maximum hydrating and plumping effects.
Skin Inc. Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($35)
Skin Inc.’s formula not only moisturizes and evens texture on its own, but its lightweight consistency makes it ideal for blending with other serums and treatments.
Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster ($46)
A favorite amongst skincare obsessives, Paula’s Choice uses a combination of hyaluronic acid and skin-protecting ceramides to hydrate, smooth, and plump skin (even fine lines and wrinkles). Use the product on its own as a serum, or drop it into your go-to moisturizer.
Dermadoctor Wrinkle Revenge Ultimate Hyaluronic Serum ($68)
Dermadoctor’s serum plumps and hydrates fine lines for firmer, softer-looking skin.
Stacked Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum ($130)
A cocktail of hyaluronic acid, brightening lactic acid, and oil-balancing niacinamide works to moisturize and soften skin with regular use.
Next up, check out five tips to transition your skincare routine this season.