As soon as fall rolls around, my skin immediately dries up, and I have to slather on the moisturizer to not feel like my skin is peeling off. But, I recently watched a TikTok hyping up hyaluronic acid, and now, my skin feels better than it has ever felt. Deeply-hydrating hyaluronic acid leaves my skin feeling calm and soft without any grease.
There are a lot of trendy products out there these days, but those that boast hyaluronic acid in their ingredient lists are no snake oil salesmen. It’s a naturally-occurring acid that helps your skin retain water for hours. And despite it being a superhero ingredient, moisturizers with hyaluronic acid can still be super affordable.
Alongside the ultra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid, Glossier’s Super Bounce ($28, Glossier) also includes vitamin B5 to make hydration even longer lasting. This formula promises to leave behind that sticky texture some moisturizers have and instead give you soft, dewy skin.
To give your skin a nice, lightweight touch, try Glow Recipe’s Banana Soufflé moisturizer ($39, Glow Recipe). In a study done by the brand, 94% of users agreed the product left their skin feeling softer, smoother, and brighter. I like those odds.
If you’re looking for an oil-free, fragrance-free, and alcohol-free moisturizer, you should snag Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench ($22, Sephora). With a promise of up to 72 hours of hydration, it doesn’t get much more moisturizing than this.
There’s nothing worse than breaking out a new moisturizer and finding out that it leaves your skin feeling greasy. You don’t have to worry about that with The Ordinary’s quick-drying Natural Moisturizing Factors ($8, Ulta Beauty). It takes only a moment to soak in, and boom! You get that dewy look you wanted.
Tarte’s Super-Size Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost ($35, Tarte) has over 200 five-star reviews, so you know its going to work. “I love this moisturizer so much,” one reviewer wrote. “I feel like since using it, my skin is clearer, brighter, and more hydrated!”
Serums can feel really soothing and softening to the face, especially when you toss in a face roll. CeraVe’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum ($20, Target) is the perfect partner; it was made for calming your skin. Although it may take a little longer to seep in, this serum will leave behind a dewy complexion.
No matter what your skin type is, if you like the feel of a thicker moisturizer, e.l.f.’s Holy Hydration! Face Cream ($12, e.l.f.) is for you. You can even make yourself a little mask out of it. Just apply a heavy amount and let it sit for five minutes. It’ll have you looking and feeling like a million bucks.