Hyaluronic acid is nothing new to the beauty world, but you are seeing it everywhere for a reason. When applied topically to the skin, the powerful ingredient retains moisture, instantly creating a smooth, supple, and more youthful look. And though the word “acid” might cause confusion, it’s neither toxic nor irritating, so you can reap these amazing benefits, whether your complexion is dry, oily, combination or acne-prone.
These days there are plenty of products boasting the hydrating agent that you can easily work into your beauty regimen, from face masks to moisturizers, and even mascara. See (and shop!) some of our favorite ways to use the ingredient, below.
As a Face Mask:Perk up your complexion with Rodial’s Dragon Blood Hyaluronic Mask ($48; nordstrom.com), which features the namesake acid to plump and hydrate. And like the name suggests, it's also infused with dragon blood, derived from the red sap of the Dragon Tree (not the blood of mystical creature!), to calm and reduce redness. Apply it as an overnight treatment to wake up to healthier, glowing skin by morning.RELATED: We Tried It: Cindy Crawford’s Cleanse
As a Moisturizer:
One of the easiest ways to include the ingredient is with a moisturizer. We like the Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion by Dr. Dennis Gross ($58; sephora.com), which works wonders on parched skin. It locks in moisture to provide a soft, dewy texture that lasts throughout the day (without looking greasy).
To get moisture and coverage, we recommend Hourglass’s Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint ($55; sephora.com). It packs the hydrating ingredient in the form of tiny spheres that work to fill in lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
As a Serum:
In case you didn't hear, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are a match made in skin heaven. If you're in the market for a luxe serum, try rubbing Lifter by NuFace ($84; sephora.com) on your face, neck, and décolletage. The vitamin C will repair signs of aging and improve elasticity, while HA helps the product absorb and keeps things super smooth.
As a Mist:
Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence ($85; nordstrom.com) boasts the plumping ingredient so you can indulge in some hyaluronic acid on the go. Spritz it right over your makeup whenever you’re in need of an instant pick-me-up.
As Lip Balm:
The lips can be quick to show signs of aging, but a balm with hyaluronic acid can help turn back the clock. We like Lip Magic by Charlotte Tilbury ($35; nordstrom.com) which erases lines, wrinkles, and strengthens the delicate skin.
Finding mascara that incorporates HA in its formula isn’t as easy, but we can point you to one that won’t disappoint: Lancôme’s Définicils Precious Cells Mascara ($30; nordstrom.com). Just like your skin, lashes—brittle ones especially—can often benefit from a little hydration.