Reviewed: SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy! 

Among the many things I picked up backstage at NYFW—makeup tips, Snapchat pics—there’s one in particular that piqued my interest. Prabal Gurung had an entire skincare team (along with hair and makeup artists) to help the models achieve ready-to-wear skin before the show. I later found out that the product they used was the answer to my sad, dry skin’s prayers: SkinMedica's HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. The product is packed with five different types of hydrators providing long-lasting moisture to the skin.


  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Moisturizes and hydrates skin
  • Immediate and longterm results


  • Price per ounce is expensive

Bottom Line

SkinMedica's HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator instantly smoothes the skin, visibly blurs fine lines, and is so, so silky.

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Best for: All skin types

Uses: Hydrating skin and smoothing fine lines

Star Rating: 4/5

Potential allergens: Milk, whey protein

Active ingredients: Sodium hyaluronate, mix of five types of HA

Clean?: Yes

Price: $178

About the brand: SkinMedica offers skincare products backed by science and two decades of research.

skinmedica ha5 rejuvenating hydrator
SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator $178

The Feel: Lightweight

After applying the lightweight, velvety elixir, my face felt softer than ever before, and my foundation went on so smoothly. Essentially my face felt like a cloud, and my skin looked like Kendall Jenner’s after a day at the spa, no joke. It's meant to be applied twice a day, before any sunscreen and moisturizer. It's recommended that you get your fingers wet before applying the product. The hydrator is fragrance-free and comes in a sleek silver bottle.

After applying the lightweight, velvety elixir, my face felt softer than ever before, and my foundation went on so smoothly.

Ingredients: Packed with moisturization

It creates an even canvas for applying makeup, which is honestly half the battle. The hydrator features a proprietary blend of five forms of hyaluronic acid (the ingredient that best moisturizes your skin), but it’s different than other serums. The formula doesn’t just provide temporary surface moisture, it allows for eight hours of continuous hydration. It also works to replenish the hyaluronic acid your skin has. Along with hyaluronic acid, it is also made up of vitamin E and a peptide complex.

The Results: Visibly noticeable

I noticed a difference in the look and feel of my skin right away. I asked Sabrina Fabi, MD, a dermatologist and skincare expert, about why it worked so well. “Many patients are surprised to learn there’s a difference between moisturization and hydration—moisturization is the process of skin feeling hydrated, while hydration increases the water level in the skin," she said. "And it’s the addition of water that helps to combat signs of aging. It’s rare to find a topical skincare treatment that delivers immediate smoothing results that patients can see as well as improved skin health for enhanced results overtime.” 

The best part? You can apply the hydrator under your eyes as well. It helps smooth under-eye bags (necessary) and makes your concealer look flawless. Apply it after your cleanser and serum, but before your moisturizer, for ridiculously enviable skin.

The Value: Worth the price

For both the immediate and long-term results it provides, this product is worth the price tag. While it's not the most budget-worthy product out there, the real benefits are worthwhile—and it's simply convenient to add to your already existing skincare routine. If you're not ready to commit to the full price just yet, try the new 1 ounce option, available at $120.

Similar Products: You have options

La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum: This hydrating face serum ($230) is created with La Mer's Deep Hydration Ferment, nurturing skin without clogging pores.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum: Priced at $75, this moisturizing face serum hydrates skin, lessens the look of fine lines, and protects against environmental aggressors.

Our Verdict: Buy it

I’m officially a believer, and you will be, too. Whether you're searching for the ultimate skin hydrator that provides visible results, or concerned about those wrinkles and fine lines that keep appearing, this is the product to purchase.

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