Hyaluronic Acid & Niacinamide Hydration Cream

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 53 reviews

60-90 day supply, 59ml/2fl oz

Regular price$54.00
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A rich, souffé-like cream that instantly revives dull skin to make every day a “good skin day.”

(Pro tip: Also the world's most effective eye cream)
  • Packed with proven renewing nutrients to actively reverse aging signs
  • Instantly improves skin's healthy appearance upon application
  • Tailored to work with retinol-based routines

  • Lab-made batch, ready to ship

Maximizes renewing power of active ingredients while boosting natural skin hydration processes.

2% plant-based hyaluronic acid
5% plant-based niacinamide ( B₃)

In the entire field of dermatology, one principle has led all others for over a century: constant, simple moisture is as effective as anything at maintaining a youthful complexion.

This luxurious hydrating cream is a simple combination of nature's most nourishing and moisturizing elements.

Built on a glycerin base (Nature's most perfect emollient moisture element), this cream is packed with high-molecular weight Hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000x its weight in water and keeps for hours on end. It also contains, high-quality niacinamide, which––similar to retinoids––is known to help cells act the way they're supposed to, particularly in terms of nutrient synthesis.

This makes it one of the soft, silent, but important heroes of the Renewing Line. In short, it:

  • Provides deep, long term moisture to create springy, youthful skin.
  • Optimizes skin's utility of retinoid therapy for maximal impact.
  • Deeply nourishes skin for a soft, supple look.

Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol, Organic Neem Seed Oil (Melia Azadirachta), Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

After cleansing and application of serum or other actives, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to face. Blend in circular motion briefly until it sets. Reapply as needed throughout the day depending on your local climate or the time of year.

For more information regarding the benefits of Niacinamide, don't forget to read blog.

"Looking for a simple, everyday moisturizer with dermatologist-approved ingredients? Look no further. This whipped cream has a comforting, soufflé-like texture and is rich with hydrating hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to keep skin soft and supple all season long."

– Sara Spruch-Feiner, NYC. Beauty editor at Glam Magazine

Don't take our word for it

★★★★★

The best. I got this through the SMOL kit and probably wouldn’t have ordered it otherwise. I’m so glad I did because it might be the best part of this amazing line. It’s hydrating, absorbs quickly, luxurious feeling, fragrance-free, never pills (even when mixed with sunscreen, serums, or other ingredients) and keeps my skin bouncy and healthy-looking. This moisturizer is saving my skin, I’ve never used a better moisturizer, this stuff is the GOAT.

Lauren K.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

I’m so in love with the unique texture and elegant formula of this product, it’s an absolute dream to apply.

Anne Marie Acenas

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★★★★★

holy grail skincare product.
this moisturizer SAVED my skin. i have very sensitive, acne-prone skin that breaks out when i use most moisturizers. using this one both morning and night has hydrated my skin beyond belief and causes ZERO breakouts. please never change this formula!!

Darla F.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

The Best! This cream has changed my skin. It’s super rich and yet does not make me break out! My skin has never been softer

Rose

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

Not sure why I waited so long to try this. Only on my second bottle of Protocol’s retinol, and decided to give this a try. Really improved my already-improving skin. If you’re using the retinol, definitely add this to your routine! They work so well together. My skin is 10/10 more smooth

Kaitlyn C.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

Run, don’t walk.
Honestly the best face cream I’ve used. Absolutely worth the investment.

Sarah W.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

I absolutely love this moisturizer! It is very hydrating without breaking me out (which is a very rare balance for me). It leaves me dewy but not greasy and doesn't feel heavy on the skin.

Ellen M.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

After using the moisturizer and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels soft, plump and supple, but never greasy or oily.

Megan L.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

The moisturizer is something I wouldn’t have picked out if it was not in the kit. It’s honestly so good though.

Lexi

Verified Buyer

The truth about moisturizing: It's not rocket science.

The science of moisture is not complicated. Skincare companies just make it complicated to sell more products.

Learn everything you need to know about getting SUPER hydrated juicy skin at home on our blog post here.

FAQs

Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are a perfectly compatible match, so we’ve used both in our luxurious hydrating cream. Hyaluronic acid has an immediate plumping effect thanks to its humectant capabilities, and niacinamide plays the long game, promoting better nutrient synthesis to power the skin’s barrier functions.

Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are powerhouse ingredients all on their own, but there’s no reason to separate them. You can enjoy the full benefits of niacinamide and hyaluronic acid when they’re formulated together:

  • Immediate hydration
  • Long-term boost to skin barrier
  • Improved skin texture and clarity
  • Visibly springy and supple skin
  • Potential to soothe signs of sensitivity

The Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Cream was developed to maximize deep cellular renewal and to amplify the renewing effects of retinol. It also provides an instant reviving effect to dull neglected skin upon application. For deep renewal, this is the moisturizer to turn to.

Water Lock is more of a rapid hydration solution for all skin types. It has a powerful occlusive formula that seals moisture into the skin, with a uniquely non-greasy, silky texture. It’s a gentle but rapid-acting dehydration treatment that doesn’t contain powerful skin-transforming ingredients.

The Hydration Cream was developed to provide optimal daily moisture for normal, dry, and combination skin. While the formula is non-comedogenic, those with super oily or acne-prone skin may find that it feels a little too rich and creamy for their skin type.

Yes! In the short term, it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin up with moisture. This immediately makes the skin appear smooth, springy, and more youthful. In the long term, niacinamide has been shown to visibly reduce the severity of fine lines and wrinkles while also improving the signs of other common skin concerns.

That said, this is a fairly mild and gentle approach to addressing signs of skin aging. For more rapid skin renewal, consider also introducing a potent retinoid like our Enzyme-Active Retinol Serum or following a complete Skin Renewing routine.

The Hydration Cream is a fantastic moisturizer for any time of day. Those with dry skin will enjoy the additional moisture in the daytime. Those with combination and normal skin may find that using sunscreen provides enough moisture in the mornings, in which case it’s best to use it at night. .

Yes, the Hydration Cream is fragrance-free and made without essential oils. That said, it does smell faintly of rosemary extract, which is used in the formula as a stabilizing antioxidant.

The Hydration Cream can be used alongside other products that contain small amounts of niacinamide. That said, most studies show that the best results come from twice-daily use of 2%-5% niacinamide, so you shouldn’t need additional niacinamide products.

While niacinamide is largely considered non-irritating at up to 10% concentrations, it’s possible that using higher amounts would lead to irritation for some users.

average rating 4.9 out of 5
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53 Reviews
Reviewed by Laurie K.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
55+
Skin Type
Normal
Skin Concerns
  • Age Defense
  • Dullness
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
My Results
  • Glowing Skin
  • Smoother Skin
  • Softer Skin
  • Skin Radiance
  • Fewer Lines & Wrinkles
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Best moisturizer...

Whenever I use this cream at night, my complexion looks 100% improved in the morning. Wouldn't want to be without it...

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Reviewed by Marci A.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
55+
Skin Type
Combination
Skin Concerns
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
  • Dryness
My Results
  • Glowing Skin
  • Reduced Sun Spots/Discoloration
  • More Even Tone
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

It really is this good a moisturizer!

I’ve been using this for quite a while now and I really love it. Bought some for my husband as well.

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Reviewed by JESSICA M.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
25 - 34
Skin Type
Combination
Skin Concerns
  • Acne
  • Age Defense
  • Dryness
  • Dullness
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
My Results
  • Healthy Skin
  • Glowing Skin
  • Smoother Skin
  • Firm & Lifted Skin
  • Plumper Skin
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

LOVE THIS CREAM

I have been using this cream since the beginning of 2022 and it is so good. It makes my skin so silky smooth. I use it with the Enzyme active retinol serum nightly . I will continue to purchase from Protocol . They are a skincare game changer.

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Reviewed by Erika W.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
45 - 54
Skin Type
Oily
Skin Concerns
  • Acne
  • Age Defense
  • Dark Spots
  • Oiliness
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
My Results
  • Glowing Skin
  • Firm & Lifted Skin
  • Smoother Skin
  • Skin Radiance
  • Plumper Skin
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

My go to

I used to have super greasy skin, but now that I'm older, I do need a moisturizer, especially because I use the whole line including the retinol. But this stuff has become my go to when my skin needs a plumping of any kind and it makes it look magical.

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Reviewed by Megan H.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
35 - 44
Skin Type
Combination
Skin Concerns
  • Acne
  • Age Defense
  • Dullness
  • Sensitivity
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
My Results
  • Smoother Skin
  • Softer Skin
  • Plumper Skin
  • Healthy Skin
  • Fewer Lines & Wrinkles
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

It works the best

I have tried more moisturizers than I can count, I got this after reading an article about the retinol and only got the line for the retinol, but figured I would try every product to see how it compares to the products I was already using. I really loved the moisturizer, but figured there has to be others out there that work better. I even tried a $300 moisturizer thinking based on the price it must work the best. I just keep coming back to this moisturizer for my combination skin. In the summer it really soothes my skin from the daily sun and plumps it back into hydration, while in the winter it keeps my skin from getting chapped. It really works and is the best I've tried, so I am just sticking with this from now on. It is definitely worth the price.

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