These hyaluronic acid serums can help your skin retain moisture for a rejuvenated, hydrated complexion.

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When it comes to moisturizing your skin, it can be challenging to achieve the perfect balance between hydrated and greasy, especially on hot, humid summer days. To the rescue: hyaluronic acid serums. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful skincare ingredient that can help retain moisture. "It's a humectant that attracts water, hydrating the skin without making it oily," explains William Kwan, MD, a San Francisco-based dermatologist. For this reason, serums that contain hyaluronic acid are ideal for those with oily skin. "Many moisturizers are too heavy or can cause acne [for people with oily skin], which is why I love hyaluronic acid gels," he says.

What's more, hyaluronic acid can deliver serious anti-aging benefits—whether or not your skin shows signs of aging. "Millennials should consider including hyaluronic acid to ensure their skin is adequately moisturized and stave off dryness and irritation," says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist from Austin, Texas. "Older people need hyaluronic acid not only to help moisturize, but also to delay skin thinning, itching, and the overall aging process."

We asked dermatologists to recommend the best hyaluronic acid serums to hydrate lackluster skin. Below, their top picks.

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid

Compared to popular anti-aging ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid is easy to add into an established skincare routine due to its gentle, non-irritating nature. 

“There is no tolerance required for hyaluronic acid and it pairs nicely with other ingredients,” explains board-certified and New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engleman, MD, who lists vitamin C, ceramides, and peptides as examples. “It is safe to use every day and can be mixed with anything. It does not cause any irritations and has no side effects.” Dr. Engleman recommends selecting a serum that “contains hyaluronic acid at different molecular weights as it will penetrate into the layers of the skin” to ensure deeper, longer-lasting hydration.

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