A woman using SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum for her hands, one of Dr. Pimple Popper's favorite hacks

8 Hacks for Hyaluronic Acid

Dr. Pimple Popper shows you all the ways she loves to use her favorite serum.


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Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating superhero — fighting dryness, diminishing lines and wrinkles, soothing skin, and strengthening the skin barrier. It’s a powerful humectant, holding onto water to plump and improve texture, too.

This trendy ingredient lives up to the hype, which explains why hyaluronic acid is a favorite of SLMD Skincare founder Sandra Lee, MD (aka Dr. Pimple Popper). Here, we cover how to use hyaluronic acid serum, in a roundup of the dermatologist's top hydrating hacks.

#1 Pre-moisturizer hydrator

If you're wondering how to apply hyaluronic acid to maximize its benefits, try right after cleansing — while skin is still damp — enhances absorption for deeper hydration. Follow up with a moisturizer to seal in this hydration, leaving skin plumper and smoother.

#2 Glow-enhancer for makeup

When added to foundation, hyaluronic acid acts as a hydrating agent, preventing the foundation from settling into fine lines and keeping the skin plump and dewy throughout the day. It also dilutes thicker foundations for a smoother application, ensuring even, natural-looking coverage.

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#3 Moisturizer booster

Adding hyaluronic acid to your favorite moisturizer amplifies its hydrating properties. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, capable of holding many times its weight in water, which significantly boosts the moisturizer’s ability to retain moisture in the skin.

#4 Lip treatment

The skin on our lips is thinner and more prone to drying. Applying hyaluronic acid can instantly plump and hydrate them. What’s more, hyaluronic acid's moisture-retaining properties help to fill in fine lines, making it an excellent base for lipsticks or glosses, preventing them from cracking or drying out the lips.

#5 Post-sun soother

Hyaluronic acid is incredibly soothing for sunburned or sun-damaged skin, as its hydrating properties help to restore the skin's moisture balance, reducing peeling and speeding up the healing process. Its lightweight, non-greasy texture makes it ideal for calming and hydrating sun-stressed skin.

#6 Hand and nail rescuer

One of Dr. Lee’s favorite hacks for SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum is applying it to hands and nails. For added moisture, use it under a hand cream to hydrate and plump the skin, reducing signs of aging. Use it on cuticles and nails to prevent dryness and cracking, ensuring overall hand and nail health.

#7 Elbow and heel rejuvenator

Hyaluronic acid is not just for facial skin; it's excellent for treating dry elbows and heels. Apply the serum to these areas post-shower for better absorption. For an intensive "foot mask" treatment, apply a liberal amount of Hyaluronic Acid Serum to feet, focusing on rough calluses, and wear thick socks overnight.

#8 Hair smoother

Dr. Lee’s go-to hyaluronic acid hack is for hair care. She smoothes on a small amount of Hyaluronic Acid Serum to tame flyaways and nourish split ends. It's particularly beneficial as a leave-in conditioner or a treatment for dry ends, helping to reduce frizz and add shine.

Dr Sandra Lee

Dr. Lee's Last Word

SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum is one of my favorite products. I use it on my dry skin, my hair and my nails year-round to boost hydration and moisture.


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