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Top Things To Look For When Choosing Your Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Are you thinking of adding a hyaluronic acid serum to your routine? Here are the top things to consider before making your final purchase. 

What is the Role of Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare?

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that deeply hydrates the skin. The gentle ingredient is suitable for all skin types, from super oily to very dry.

Once applied topically, hyaluronic acid attracts water to the skin and locks it in, promoting a soft, supple complexion. It’s found in a variety of skincare formulations, from cleansers to moisturizers. However, in order to get the maximum benefits, you’ll want to reach for a hyaluronic acid serum, which will have the highest concentration of this humectant. 

Top Considerations When Choosing Hyaluronic Acid

Now that you know how hyaluronic acid benefits the skin, let’s discuss what you should consider when choosing a hyaluronic acid serum. 

1. Ingredients

The very first thing you should do when analyzing a hyaluronic acid serum is look at the ingredients list. These serums will either be made with hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate. While both effective, sodium hyaluronate – which is the salt form of hyaluronic acid – has a lower molecular weight. This means that it can more effectively penetrate deep into the skin to offer the best hydrating results. 

You should also pay attention to any other supporting ingredients in the formula. For example, the  Hyaluronic Pure Boost Serum pairs sodium hyaluronate with propanediol, a humectant and emollient. This ingredient complements the effects of the sodium hyaluronate to promote plump, balanced skin. 

2. Concentration of Hyaluronic Acid 

Naturally, you are going to want hyaluronic acid to be the star ingredient of your hyaluronic acid serum. Unfortunately, some companies bury this humectant under other filler ingredients, which ultimately results in a fairly low concentration of hyaluronic acid. When looking at the ingredients list, make sure hyaluronic acid (or sodium hyaluronate) is listed as one of the first ingredients – the higher up it is on the list, the higher the concentration!

3. Formulation & Texture

When it comes to hyaluronic acid serums, simple is best. There’s no need to pack the formula with other active ingredients that may aggravate the skin, or other unnecessary fillers. The best serums have a fairly short ingredients list. This allows the hyaluronic acid to shine so that it can do its best possible work. A simpler serum will also layer better with other skincare formulas, so you’ll have no problem working it into your routine. 

Additionally, we recommend sticking with fragrance-free formulas. Fragrances can cause aggravation, so this is especially important for those with more sensitive skin. 

As far as texture goes, look for a serum with a lightweight gel-like formula. These types of formulas will quickly absorb into the skin for optimal results. 

4. Packaging

Beyond looking at the formula itself, you need to consider the packaging. Hyaluronic acid serums come in a range of different packages, from dropper bottles to airless pumps. We recommend sticking with serums packaged in pump bottles, as this reduces the risk of contaminants getting into the formula. 




Skin Type Considerations

Last but not least, remember to keep your skin type in mind when choosing a hyaluronic acid serum. For example, someone with sensitive skin should be sure to avoid formulas made with potential irritants, whereas those with oily skin will want to avoid heavier formulas. 

For a hyaluronic acid serum that works for all skin types, take a look at the Hyaluronic Pure Boost Serum. The fragrance-free serum is super gentle on the skin, and has a lightweight yet deeply hydrating formula that quickly absorbs without leaving behind any residue.