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Summer is mostly the one, but the dry lips and parched skin that come with it can be a hassle. Luckily, there are a few easy solutions, i.e. the hydrating skincare ingredients below 👇👇 From the new buzzword ingredient to know (polyglutamic acid) to the unsung hero glycerin, check out the best thirst quenchers to add to your routine this summer.
The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid

Polyglutamic acid

You might not have heard of this hardworking hydrator yet (it's a water-soluble peptide for the science fans), but trust us when we say it’s a big deal. This buzzy ingredient has larger molecules that form a film across the skin’s surface to lock in moisture better than most, but it doesn't stop there: it also helps to minimise pigmentation, target fine lines and increase skin’s elasticity.

Try this: The INKEY List Polyglutamic Acid Moisturising Serum, £12.99
Revolution Water Cream


Lesser-known glycerin is probably already hiding in your Face + Body products somewhere without you even realising. Though it rarely gets the spotlight, this clever moisturising agent is the secret to boosting your glow all year round. 

Try this: Revolution Skincare Hydro Bank Hydrating Water Cream, £14
CeraVe Moisturising Cream


Ceramides are fats (or lipids) found naturally in the skin, holding our skin cells together to protect and restore its natural barrier. Why is a healthy skin barrier important? It helps prevent things like pollution and harmful elements from getting in, and locks in moisture! The result = skin that's even more radiant ☀️

Try this: CeraVe Hydrating Moisturising Cream Pot, £16
Sand & Skye Face Mask

Hyaluronic acid

Working like a magnet to attract moisture and boost hydration on the surface of skin, it's no wonder hyaluronic acid is cropping up in every face mask, body cream and cleanser you can think of rn.

Try this: Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Mask, £25
REN Clean Skincare Limited Edition Toner

Lactic acid

Dry, dehydrated and dull skin, meet lactic acid 🤝 Your BFF for exfoliating, improving skin tone, stimulating collagen and hydrating your skin, lactic acid is an all-round winner for your line-up. Better yet, unlike other harsh acids, it will polish your skin without stripping it, and keep it looking baby-soft during the skin-drying summer months.

Try this: REN Clean Skincare Summertime Limited Edition Daily AHA Tonic, £28
The Ordinary Squalane

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Sensitive skin? Naturally found in the skin, squalane (not to be confused with squalene 🤓) is ideal to prevent loss of moisture in your skin at this time of year. If you want softer and smoother skin, add this ingredient to your skincare routine, stat.

Try this: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, £5.50