Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that occurs naturally in our skin, keeping it hydrated and supple. However, as we age, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in our body decreases—just like elastin and collagen! Thereby, to stimulate the production of HA in our skin—to retain a youthful, glowing appearance—many dermatologists recommend relying on topical applicants in the form of serums and moisturisers. Besides, hyaluronic acid can be found in sheet masks and injectables as well.
If you're looking to add this wonder potion to your skincare regime, Dr Simal Soin, founder of Aayna clinic, shares the best (dermatologically-approved) HA serums and creams in the biz.
iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum
This bottle of magic is designed to hydrate, soothe and rejuvenate your skin. A gentle penetrating serum that is formulated with pharmaceutical-grade potent botanical extracts, it serves to boost hydration to your skin, along with reducing the appearance of breakouts.
Dermatica HA Pure Serum
The Dermatica serum is enriched with hyaluronic acid that helps provide optimum hydration to the multiple layers of your skin, also improving the skin’s barrier function and providing a strong line of defense against free radical-induced cellular damage. The serum works to help replenish the HA that is lost from your skin, due to ageing and/or sun damage. It tackles tissue regeneration and healing of the skin.
Sesderma Hidraderm Hyal Liposomal Serum
This particular Sesderma serum boasts of hyaluronic acid that absorbs into the skin quickly, and results in three times the moisturising effect in comparison to its competitors—owing to the nanotechnology that is used in its development. It is best suited for all age groups and promises visible results after first use itself.
Dermaceutic Hyal Ceutic Intense Moisturizing Cream
This cream-based formulation comes with the goodness of 5.5% hyaluronic acid, coupled with Aloe vera and Vitamin E. It moisturises your skin after a superficial peeling and mirrors results similar to that of hyaluronic acid injections.
Trikona Pharma GAHA Serum
The GAHA serum is an advanced formulation containing glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and added antioxidants to help fight visible blemishes, wrinkles, improve skin texture and boost skin radiance, for a clear, youthful complexion. It is fast-absorbing, non-greasy and non-comedogenic as well.
DermaVow Stabilised Vitamin C Serum (20%)
A 20% Vitamin-C rich serum, the DermaVow serum also provides the added benefits of hyaluronic acid. Together, these powerful ingredients provide intense hydration along with antioxidant action, which makes it best suited for all skin types and age groups. It prevents premature skin ageing, evens out your skin tone and rejuvenates the skin.
VitaGlow Plus Serum
The VitaGlow serum is also rich in Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, along with providing the benefits of other ingredients that counteract pigment disorders and age spots. It stimulates collagen and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. It also serves a high free-radical scavenging activity, hence providing overall skin rejuvenation.
Filorga Time-Filler Serum
This cream is best suited for normal-to-dry skin, and treats wrinkles and fine lines. The concentration of hyaluronic acid in the cream has a micro-filling and hydrating effect on visible signs of skin ageing. Its mesotherapy-like effect also helps renew the surface of your skin.
Pro Tip: All serums and creams should be applied only post consultation with a dermatologist or professional skin doctor. Use only a few drops since they absorb easily into your skin. Stick to a routine for maximum benefit.