The Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums for Keeping Skin Hydrated
Follain Founder Tara Foley explains why hyaluronic acid is crucial for your skin, especially in winter
With the addition of Patyka’s Advanced Plumping Serum and Pai’s Back to Life Hydration Serum, we now have three gel-based hyaluronic acid hydration serums to choose from at Follain (these two join OSEA’s Hyaluronic Sea Serum). I’m personally seeing a ton of results from using one of these serums daily this winter, and I think you will, too. But which of these facial serums is best for you?
What Is Hyaluronic Acid and Who Should Use It?
First of all, hyaluronic acid is an important ingredient for keeping skin hydrated. Our skin produces it naturally, but due to weather, stress, and other factors, natural levels drop. As an ingredient in skincare, it helps improve plumpness and elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is safe for all skin types, even the most sensitive. It’s super important for anyone with dry skin all year long and for fellow north-easterners or others experiencing the effects of cold, harsh weather during winter. The addition of hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid gel serums to my routine are the only thing getting my skin through the cold season! I also love that hyaluronic acid sometimes leaves a dewy finish on skin, which I much prefer over dry, flaky skin in winter.
Non-Toxic Skincare Products with Hyaluronic Acid
I’m personally obsessed with hyaluronic gel serums and was so happy when high-performing options started to hit the clean beauty market. All three of the options you’ll find at Follain use plant-based hyaluronic acid, which is easier for your skin to work with.
The experiences of these products are very similar (they all have a light, gel texture) so I’m noting other differences among them below.
How to Apply Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Once you pick the best facial serum for you, you’ll need to decide how to integrate it into your skin care routine. Generally, the rule is that lighter serum products like these should be applied to your skin after toner but before other moisturizers. This winter, I took a gamble and began applying my hyaluronic gel serum on top of my oil or balm moisturizer and have found that to work really well, too—potentially even better—to protect and hydrate my skin from the extreme cold outside and dry heat inside. Never be afraid to mix, match, and try different concoctions to figure out what’s best for your specific skin, because no two skin types are exactly the same.
Tara Foley | January 22, 2018