The struggle to combat dry skin this winter season is still ongoing in my little world. I've covered coconut oil, nipple cream and drinking a shit-ton of water but I know there are other solutions out there. I did a little online digging at the amazing Skincare Addiction subreddit. One of the things contributors of the message board regularly recommend for dry skin in the winter is hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a component of skin tissue and the synthetic kind is proven to boost skin's moisture content. It also works to prevent moisture loss in the skin. How does it do this? It carries up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This certainly sounds promising. There are plenty of products out there that contain HA. There's a huge market for pure HA serums such as Paula's Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster. You can also find it as an ingredient in moisturizers like Cien's Q10 moisturizer. Since I am on the search for the best solution, I tried both.
First I tried the serum. I love serums. I feel like a mad scientist when I get to experiment with serums. Serums are like a light lotion or gel that are super concentrated in ingredients. They tend to be on the expensive side, but I think the extra concentration gives you a bigger bang for your buck. Isn't that what we're all looking for? They're meant to be used under a moisturizer or mask. In this case, I tried the HA booster serum under my normal moisturizer. The results were wonderful. Not only did it stave off the dryness I've been feeling, but I also felt like my skin was plumper, if possible. I continued for a couple of weeks and things only got better. I'd put this in the win column.
A few weeks later I tried the Cien Q10 anti-wrinkle moisturizer. My aunt gifted me this cult European product on one of my recent trips overseas. Across the pond it's a bargain grocery store brand, and in the U.S., it can be found on Amazon or eBay for a fair price. I used it in place of my normal moisturizer, without the HA booster serum underneath, to get a good comparison. The results were similar to the serum though I didn't necessarily like the greasy feel or the strong perfumed scent of the Q10 product.
My final recommendation? Pay a little extra and get the serum if you can afford it. Otherwise, a cheaper moisturizer will do the trick.