I buy this $8 hyaluronic acid serum in bulk to keep my skin from drying out in the winter

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Let’s be honest: maintaining hydrated skin in the brutal fall and winter months can be a challenge — especially for those with dry and combination skin types. To remedy this problem, folks tend to search for products with hyaluronic acid which is known for being a powerhouse ingredient for retaining moisture throughout the day.

While there are tons of serums, masks and moisturizers on the market that feature this ingredient in their formulas, many people prefer to use it straight-up (myself included) and this $8 option from The Inkey List has been my tried-and-true pick for years.

Shop: The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum, $7.99

Credit: Sephora
Credit: Sephora

Before getting into the wonders of this cheap and top-rated product, you may be wondering what exactly is hyaluronic acid. Dermatologist Lily Talakoub, MD, explained to Cosmopolitan that it’s “a type of molecule naturally found in your skin that pulls water from the air and sucks it into your face like a sponge.” Through this method, the skin stays moist for longer throughout the day.

Described as “an ultimate hydrating must-have,” by trusted brand The Inkey List, this serum is made with two percent hyaluronic acid “to hydrate the skin, leaving it smoother and plumper.”

It currently boasts much better customer responses (over 1,000 reviews and over 68,000 loves on Sephora) and is $30 cheaper than this leading hydrating serum from popular skincare brand First Aid Beauty.

Credit: Sephora
Credit: Sephora

Sephora shoppers claim that this is a transformative product for those struggling to maintain hydrated skin. One shopper gushed that it “made a big difference” and suggested that it be applied “while your skin is still wet.”

Another five-star reviewer co-signed that sentiment, adding that “it really does not take much to cover your face and neck.” The same reviewer noted that it also “layers well” with moisturizers and other products — an observation I can firmly stand behind.

The only con a few reviewers and myself have concluded is that this product is rather small, with one bottle housing 1 ounce of product. However, as previously mentioned, a little goes a long way and, for just $8, you can’t go wrong.

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