BY JESSICA REDWINE
Winter can wreak havoc on skin of all types. The combination of dry, cold outside air and central heat can destroy your moisture barrier and strip all of the hydration from your skin. So if your skin has been feeling tight and dry this winter, you’re not alone.
One ingredient that can help combat this itchy problem is hyaluronic acid. This powerhouse moisturizer holds onto water very effectively and is found naturally in several layers of the skin. It’s a very powerful humectant, so it will help keep your skin nourished, hydrated, and glowy through the harsh winter. Because of the molecular size, it’s not going to replace drinking plenty of water. But as part of a complete skincare routine, hyaluronic acid can make you look younger, healthier, and less tired.
Below are some products that make the most efficient use of hyaluronic acid. This means they are the best molecular size to allow for deep hydration. These products also partner up hyaluronic acid with other heavy hitter skincare ingredients for a product that’s sure to become your holy grail.
Avene PhysioLift Day Smoothing Emulsion ($48)
Great for its molecular size, this product soaks in deep to reach multiple levels of your skin. It’s guaranteed to hydrate and plump skin without leaving it greasy or sticky. Light enough for every day use, it’s great under makeup.
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM ($17)
Combining hyaluronic acid with sunscreen seems like a no brainer. Cover all of your bases at once with this delightfully hydrating morning moisturizer that will also protect your skin from the sun. HA meets hydrating ceramides for a touch of extra moisture.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream ($20)
This great budget option gives you all of the moisturizing benefits of hyaluronic acid without breaking the bank. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a residue behind. In addition, HA is partnered with olive extract for a one-two punch to hydrate your dry skin.
Nip+Fab Hyaluronic Fix Moisturizer ($10)
Perfect for hydrating freshly shaved legs or dry elbows, this budget-friendly product allows the rest of your skin to feel as nourished as your face. After all, winter dries out everything, not just your face and neck.
CosRX One Step Moisture Up Pad ($19)
For those with little time in the morning (or for the days you wake up late), this product gives the moisture of a heavier cream with the speed and ease of a toner. Each little cotton pad comes soaked with hyaluronic acid, propolis, and several other skin-loving ingredients that will give your skin the hydration it craves.
CosRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream ($21)
If your skin is drier than the Sahara desert, look no further than this rich-but-not-heavy cream that will hydrate even the most undernourished skin. Pairing HA with sea buckthorn extract, this cream is a like a long drink of water for your face. And somehow, it accomplishes this nourishing magic act without leaving your skin oily or greasy.