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The 9 Best Hydrating Serums for Extra-Bouncy Skin

Kiss your dry, dull complexion goodbye.

By: Hannah Baxter

Keeping yourself adequately hydrated is surprisingly tough. Case in point: You can spot gallon jugs throughout Coveteur HQ in our attempts to drink more water. But in the summer, when we start sweating just from walking up a flight of stairs, our skin feels more parched than usual, and we know were not alone. Adding a hydrating serum to your beauty routine can take your skin from dry and irritated to glowing and plump. Just imagine your skin cells as little sponges—when they’re full, they increase in volume. Fine lines are smoothed, and your complexion looks more radiant than ever. Convinced yet? Shop our nine favorite hydrating serums below.


Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, $300

The not-so-secret weapon in every beauty editor’s cabinet, this serum drenches your skin with moisture and lasts all day long.

SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier, $100

Added licorice root and purple rice extract help preserve the 1.3% hyaluronic acid in this serum to deliver smooth, deeply hydrated skin.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, $36

You don’t have to break the bank to get a quality hydrating serum. Fine lines are blurred after just a few days of use with this Vichy formula, and itchy skin is but a distant memory.

Versed Booster with Hyaluronic Acid Facial Treatment, $20

New skin-care line Versed offers quality products for under $20. We love adding a few drops of this HA booster to our favorite moisturizer for added hydration.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, $59

For fans of a plant-based treatment, this serum uses organic leaf of life, a succulent plant extract, to quench the skin and smooth texture for a soft, dewy finish.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $7

This serum combines three different HA molecule sizes for an effective solution against dry skin. And for the same price as your morning latte, you can keep your skin glowy all summer long.

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum, $30

A botanical-based gel serum, this formula utilizes glycolipid ceramides to help bind water to the skin, leaving it revitalized and plump.

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum, $95

Don’t you want to coat your skin in 23-karat gold? We know we do, especially since it will help your skin with an otherworldly glow. There’s also vitamin B, biotin, and folic acid, thanks to the added royal jelly to help replenish skin’s hydration.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, $52

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is a hero hydrating ingredient, since it stabilizes the skin barrier and helps prevent water loss. Drunk Elephant’s cult-favorite serum is one of our favorite iterations for ultra-moisturized skin.

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