5 of the best serums for dry skin

For some of us, dry skin is an everyday occurrence, whereas for others it’s only in the colder months that dehydrated, flaky skin becomes a problem. Applying a day cream and night cream as part of your daily skincare routine is a no-brainer but to really banish the dullness and nourish skin, a hydrating serum for dry skin is essential. Massage in a few drops after cleansing and toning, before applying your moisturiser to supercharge your routine.

What ingredients should I look for?

The key ingredient to look out for when looking for serums for dry skin is Hyaluronic acid (HA) also known as Hyaluronan. Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that retains water, which is naturally produced by our bodies and found in connective tissues and the eyes. When reproduced for use in skincare, HA is a star ingredient for hydrating the skin. It’s amazing as a topical skincare ingredient because it can have an immediately noticeable effect, visibly plumping skin for a healthier-looking complexion.

What are the best serums for dry skin?

1. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydration Support Formula

2. Alpha-H Essential Hydration Concentrate

3. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster

4. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Serum

5. Pai Skincare Back to Life Hydration Serum

The RY edit of dry skin serums

Here are five of the best serums for dry skin including both budget-friendly buys and those worth splurging on from homegrown Aussie brands like Alpha H to French skincare at its best – La Roshe-Posay.


This cult classic from The Ordinary is not only budget-friendly, it’s one of the best serums for dry skin around. You’ve probably seen it many times in Insta-shelfies, but it’s not just the cute, minimalist packaging that’s the reason it’s everywhere, this stuff really works. Just a couple of drops plump up the skin’s appearance, smooth fine lines and add an extra hour or two to the amount of sleep you look like you’ve had the night before. In addition to three forms of Hyaluronic Acid, it also contains Vitamin B5 to further enhance its hydrating powers. The formula is vegan, alcohol-free and silicone-free, too.


This triple-action hydration booster features NMF and Hyaluronic Acid. Expertly designed to help the skin adapt to fluctuations in environmental factors, it’s great if you find your skin getting dry when the aircon or central heating is cranked up. Offering both a short-term plumping fix and long-term hydration solution, the formula kickstarts the skin’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid as well as preventing its breakdown. Whilst it’s definitely at the pricier end of the scale, you pay for quality and this luxury anti-ageing formula features ingredients including Saskatoon Berry, to soothe and calm inflammation, Creatine to boost skin cell turnover and banish dullness and Allantoin to smooth and protect the skin. The lightweight consistency won’t block your pores and is suitable to apply before even the thickest of night creams.


Featuring Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and nutrient-rich Algae Extract, this antioxidant-rich hydrating serum can be applied alone or mixed into moisturiser as a supercharging boost to plump fine lines, relieve parched skin and protect the skin against damaging free radicals.


If you have sensitive or reactive skin, then this is the best serum for dry skin to choose. Free from parabens, colourants, and pH-neutral – this skin-kind blend is gentle but still packs a punch in terms of hydration with Hyaluronic Acid being its key ingredient, plus Vitamin B5, Madecassoside, as well as La Roche Posay’s patented Thermal Spring Water.


This dry skin serum from organic skincare pioneers, Pai, literally does what it says on the bottle and helps to bring your skin back to life. Leaving skin hydrated, refreshed and visibly restored. With a formula featuring Hyaluronic Acid and fortified by three antioxidant-rich indigenous Australian Berries plus Coconut Extract, its vegan, cruelty-free formula effectively remedies dry, flaky complexions and is even suitable for sensitive skin.

If you want to take to us about your skincare concerns or have a question about any of the above-featured products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with team RY via our IG. We’re skincare experts and have the answers that you need to achieve your skin goals and find the best skincare routine that works for you.



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