• Anastasia Pentias

TBN- Top 5 Hyaluronic Edition

If there's only one thing you do for your skin, whether you are 18 or 98, that's to apply hyaluonic acid. This key skincare ingredient is naturally found in the human body, helping to hydrate tissue and lubricate joints. As we age, our reserves decrease and topical application helps keep the complexion healthy and moisturised.

Modern labs have constructed serums containing different molecular sizes of hyaruronic acid so that, through topical use, they can target and penetrate the different outer layers of skin. For years, it was only found in expensive products such as the legendary Advanced Night Repair but, thankfully, hyaluronic acid has trickled down to drugstore brands, in excellent formulas.

Below is my top 5, ranging from high-end to drugstore, not order of preference. I've used all these extensively (as you may have guessed, I'm not a one-step girl) and would highly recommend any of them as excellent options for long-lasting moisture. The main difference between them is texture, some are slightly sticky and/or shiny and some disappear into the skin- I prefer the latter but it's up to you.

1. DCL Hydra Boost Finishing Serum: This offers S U P R E M E moisture and watery/silky texture. You can't beat this formula. But I just can't justify rebuying at 100 pounds a pop. If money is no object, go for it . NOW. Available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2SFl4MZ

photo via www.cultbeauty.co.uk

2. Belif Hungarian Water Essence: This is a sneaky little rascal. I didn't expect that much from it, as it's dubbed an 'essence' which in K-speak is usually less effective than a serum. But it's glorious. Great texture, excellent under makeup, keeps moisture sealed all day. I also love it at night with my retinol. Priced at around 40 euros at Sephora, it's frequently discounted, though, and contains 75ml- unlike the industry standard 30ml.

photo via http://global.belifcosmetic.com

3. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5: this is sticky, which bugs me, but very potent and has a heavenly smell. If you don't wear a heavy makeup base (it's a little tricky with full coverage foundations), go for this and your skin will thank you. It was my trusted sidekick all summer long. Currently on my 5th (6th?) bottle. Also at around 40 euros.

photo via www.laroche-posay.co.uk

4. Caudalie S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum: this is so satisfying because, apart from the moisture it provides, it also gives me that healthy glow. I have often skipped foundation with this. I seem to gravitate toward S.O.S. in the summers, though. For winter, it's a little too lightweight for me. Same pricepoint as above.

photo via https://uk.caudalie.com

5. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate: this is foolproof. Whatever the circumstances, time of year, type of skin, am or pm use, subsequent foundation or treatment serum, it's a solid perfomer. Is it my favourite? No, I'd like it to be even more Supercharged. Will I buy it again? Probably, because I can rely on it to do the job, no stick/ pill/ shine. It's such an easy product. Again, around the 40 euros mark.

photo via www.clinique.com

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