Juicy Skin Edition: Our Fave Drugstore Hydrators RN
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, keeping your skin hydrated is the cornerstone of healthy, glowing skin. Without adequate levels of moisture, your skin can look sallow, less plump, and dull, and it even makes your skin more vulnerable to premature aging.
To help you on your daily quest of super quenched skin, we’ve rounded up some hard-hitting hydrators to deliver a juicy plump glow. every. single. day. Oh, and they’re all budget-friendly.
1. Most Powerful Serum: The INKEY List Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum, $15
If you thought hyaluronic acid was juicy, prepare to be WOWed. Polyglutamic acid is HA’s underrated sis who’s capable of holding four times more moisture! If you’d like to test the waters, The INKEY List Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum, $15, is the way to go. Suitable for day and nighttime use, these dewy drops will smooth, plump, and even your skin tone with regular use. Bonus: you can even use it to hydrate and prep your complexion before makeup – no primer required!
2. For Brightening: BYOMA Brightening Face Serum, $16
Fact: this bottle is proof that good things truly do come in tiny packages. Formulated with a breakthrough Tri-Ceramide Complex (ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids), BYOMA’s formulations are well-equipped to “boost your skin barrier – not break it.” And this one’s no exception. It boasts niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to encourage collagen production and plump the skin. This recyclable buy also brightens and soothes hyperpigmentation while strengthening your epidermis (the outer layer of your skin), thereby improving your skin’s moisture retention over time.
3. Best Multi-Tasker: JACQ’S Hydrating Probiotic Exfoliant Face Mask, $17
Made by women of color for women of color, this multi-tasking mask is fueled by AHA and BHA enzymes, plus moringa, lime, and pineapple to refine texture and soften your skin. It’s also enriched with soothing ingredients like calendula, carrot root, and aloe vera to provide a surge of moisture while helping you achieve a more even, glowing complexion.
4. For Tired Skin: Skin Proud Frozen Over Moisturizer, Gel To Ice Hydrator With Triple Action Hyaluronic Acid, $16
This triple-duty moisturizer soothes, brightens, and hydrates simultaneously. Enriched with cooling aloe vera extract, lemon extract, and plumping hyaluronic acid, it helps depuff your skin whenever needed. It’s designed to be stored in the freezer, in case you want an extra icy cool-down and surge of moisture after beach days – much needed, honestly.
5. For Nighttime Use: Versed Recovery Mode Advanced Night Cream, $25
Formulated with green coffee extract to energize and microalgae to strengthen your skin barrier and boost cell renewal, this night cream simultaneously boosts moisture levels and your glow game. It’s also super pretty, thanks to fermented purple tea extracts that fend off harmful free radicals and add a cute purple shimmer to the cream. #Obsessed!
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6. For A Vitamin-Rich Boost: Sweet Chef SUPERFOOD + VITAMINS MOISTURE BOOST, $19
Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, this vegan moisturizer is practically a juice cleanse for your skin. Kale, beet, and ginger combine for a radiant glow while soothing Reishi mushroom and spirulina fight free radical damage. Vitamins A, B, and C, and hyaluronic acid also work together to smooth, moisturize, brighten, and plump your skin. We promise you’ll be scraping the jar to get every last drop.
7. For Daily Hydration: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydrating Serum, $8
This best-selling serum is a tall glass of water for your skin. It uses hyaluronic acid at three different molecular weights to guarantee all-round hydration at the deepest levels possible. The vegan formula also boasts vitamin B5 to promote supple skin and even skin tone. Did we mention that it works for all skin types and wears well underneath makeup? Make sure you follow with a moisturizer to keep all that hydration locked in.
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