Is Hyaluronic Acid Serum a Waste of Money?

Is Hyaluronic acid worth it?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) has unique benefits that make it an important part of many skin care routines. HA is in creams, serums and toners.

It is an expensive ingredient so the products that containing it are usually costly.

Is it worth the price or can you use other humectants like glycerin instead?

What ingredients are better for your skin type than HA?

Should you choose exosomes, stem cells, glycerin, growth factors, or retinoids instead of HA? Or should you combine them with HA?

The answer depends upon which of the 16 Baumann Skin Types you are.

Types of Products with HA in them

There are several types of products worth using that have HA in them:

Face Creams



However, cleansers and body creams are not really worth it. Cleansers do not stay on long enough and there are cheaper options to use on the entire body.

Do Hyaluronic acid serums work?

HA serums are humectants that pull water to the skin’s surface. This immediately and temporarily plumps up the skin’s surface - erasing fine lines and wrinkles.

So- if you have date or a party or need to look your best- using an HA serum is worth it.

However, if you are getting photos done or shooting videos, HA serums and creams can give your skin a shiny appearance. So - HA serums are not great to use before going on camera.

But- when you need to look great quickly- HA serums are the best serum to use.

Hyaluronic acid serums have many benefits. But they may not be what you need.

When HA serums are worth the money?

Hyaluronic acid is not the best antiaging ingredient in skin care products.

Hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in skin care certainly does not have the exciting science and long-term results of exosomes. ( You can see my recent interview with Dr. Saranya Wyles a Dermatologist and Regenerative Medicine Physician about exosomes here on you tube.)


Hyaluronic acid has some good benefits:

  1. It hydrates skin immediately and plumps away fine lines
  2. It helps other skin care ingredients penetrate into the skin

So- if you choose to buy expensive skin care products such as exosomes, growth factors and Vitamin C serums, then a HA serum just might make the other antiaging aging ingredients work better.

Are expensive HA serums better than inexpensive cheap ones?

Expensive HA serums are not always better than cheap ones. It depends upon the size of HA in the product that accounts for how well a HA serum works.

Short low molecular weight HA helps other ingredients get into he skin

Long higher molecular weight HA stays on the skin’s surface, binding water and plumping the skin.

Many of the expensive HA serums such as SkinMedica and Skinceuticals combine different sizes of hyaluronic acid chains in their serums. This increases the price but has never been shown to make them work better.

Is an HA serum good for my skin?

It depends upon what your Baumann Skin Type is. You can take the free quiz and see which HA serums are right for you. Once you complete the quiz, you will receive a dermatologist recommended skin care routine that will tell you

If HA serums will work for your skin type

If a different antiaging serum is a better option

What step in your skin care routine you should use Hyaluronic acid skin care products

HA vs Growth Factors, Exosomes and Stem cells in skin care

HA can make these other ingredient work better but they have very different effects.

To understand this- first you need to know how stem cells, growth factors and exosomes work.

Click this link to learn more.

We DO NOT want you to waste money on the wrong skin care products- so- before you go buy an expensive HA serum- make sure it is worth it for you.

Be sure and shop by your Baumann Skin Type!

Glycerin vs Hyaluronic acid

Glycerin and HA are both humectants- but which is better?

They both have very good humectant capabilities

Glycerin affects hydration by moving between Aquaporin channels which HA does not. This means glycerin can move from skin cell to skin cell in the epidermis which gives it unique moisturizing abilities.

Both HA and glycerin increase penetration of other skin care ingredients.

How you layer HA and glycerin n the skin care routine is very important.

So glycerin and HA are very similar but glycerin is much more affordable.

You can use hyaluronic acid and glycerin together and it does not matter which comes first.

Heparan Sulfate vs Hyaluronic Acid

Both of thee antiaging ingredients are in the glycosaminoglycan (GAGs) category.

They are both humectants.

HA is a penetration enhancer.

Heparan sulfate helps cells communicate better.

Both are good ingredients.

They can be used together.

Is HA the best antiaging ingredient?

HA is not the best antiaging ingredient when used alone. However, it works best when combined with other antiaging ingredients such as retinol, niacinamide, and ascorbic acid.

Make sure you know your Baumann Skin Type. Once you do- we will help you shop for skin care and build a skin care routine.

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