This derm has some “controversial” thoughts on hyaluronic acid

Budget Hyaluronic Acid Products Are Just As Good As Expensive Ones, According To This Dermatologist

Turns out you may not need to spend a bomb to get results

Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / September 06 2019

Hands up if you’re familiar with that old saying, “You get what you pay for”? Yep, when it comes to many things, there’s often a view that the more you spend on something, the better it will be.

Well, Australian dermatologist Dr. Davin Lim seems to think that adage ain’t always true when comes to your skin care products.

Previously, Dr. Lim dropped a few truth bombs about budget moisturisers, and now he’s got some thoughts to share about hyaluronic acid creams and serums, too. We think you (and your wallets!) are going to like what he’s got to say.

“In my opinion, I would not waste a lot of money on [topical] HAs and I’ll tell you why,” Dr. Lim revealed in an Instagram video.

“HAs, in the cream or serum formulations, just sit under the top of your epidermis. Even with the best brands [of topical hyaluronic acid products], the results are only temporary - at the most, [the results last] 24 to 36 hours,” says Dr. Lim. 


In a nutshell, this is because the body breaks down hyaluronic acids “that are delivered both by injection but also creams,” explains Dr. Lim.

“So in my view, why spend 200 bucks on a cream or serum when it degrades very quickly. I know it may be controversial, but I do believe that if you’re going to use HAs topically, go simple. Save your dosh for HAs which are delivered intradermally or into the hypodermis and that’s through injections.”

Wow! So it seems some of the budget hyaluronic acid products on the market may be just as good as the more boujee ones.

If you’re keen to try some wallet-friendly hyaluronic acid products yourself, Dr. Lim likes The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. We also like the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Serum Anti-Oxidant Capsules as a budget-friendly option.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Serum Anti-Oxidant Capsules

If you'd like to hear Dr. Davin Lim's explanation in full, check out his Instagram video below.

If you’re looking for more budget-friendly beauty buys, check out some of our fave bargain serums.

What are your favourite budget hyaluronic acid products? Let us know in the comments.

Main image credit: Getty

Isobel is a Digital Content Editor at BEAUTYcrew, marie claire and InStyle. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously BEAUTYcrew's Junior Beauty Writer.