Katie Holmes swears by this $430 serum - but we found dupes that work just as well

Kate Mendonca
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Katie Holmes attends the Chloe show as part of the Paris Fashion Week. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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Katie Holmes has come a long way since her days on “Dawson’s Creek.” In a recent interview with InStyle, the actress got real about what it’s like living in the public eye. 

Holmes sat down to discuss everything from her upcoming film “Rare Objects” to growing up in the spotlight, and how she’s raising her daughter Suri, 13, to be “strong, confident, and able.”

In the candid interview, Holmes also discussed her recent return to the spotlight as an unexpected street style star. This past August, Holmes was spotted in New York City wearing a matching cashmere bra and cardigan set, rocketing her to the top of many best-dressed lists.

“It's been a really exciting time because of the cashmere bra,” Holmes shared with a laugh. 

The 41-year-old star admits that while the photo of her hailing a cab in the off-the-shoulder cardigan  appeared glamorous, the truth was far from it. 

“Honestly, I wasn't feeling so sexy. And I saw that and was like, ‘Sexy. I can do that!’” she shared. 

In addition to revealing the inspiration behind some of her most-coveted fashion choices, Holmes let readers in on the skincare routine that keeps her skin looking its best now that she’s in her 40s. 

“I do all that Barbara Sturm stuff: hyaluronic, face brightening, face cream, skin cream. It's so vain,” Holmes told the magazine. “I'm basically always putting lotion on.”  

Katie Holmes reaches for the Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum to keep her skin looking its best. Image via Goop.

Holmes’s skincare routine includes the Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, which retails for a whopping $429. Advertised as “a dose of long- and short-chain hyaluronic-acid molecules,” this serum provides a potent dose of hydration that fights wrinkles and leaves skin looking refreshed and radiant. 

Though Holmes’s hyaluronic acid of choice may be out of reach for many, there is still a range of affordable options out there if you’re looking to incorporate the anti-aging ingredient into your own skincare routine.

Shop some of the most popular options below, and let us know if you’d be willing to splurge on Holmes’s skincare pick in the comments. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Image via Sephora.

This affordable formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight hyaluronic acid to penetrate the various layers of the skin, as well as Vitamin B5 for enhanced surface hydration.

SHOP IT: Deciem, $7

Vichy Minéral 89 Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

Vichy Minéral 89 Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. Image via Vichy.

With a unique gel formula, Vichy’s hyaluronic acid serum contains a powerful blend of minerals to hydrate and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.

SHOP IT: Vichy, $31 (originally $42)

Super Bounce

Super Bounce. Image via Glossier.

This lightweight serum also contains hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 for instant hydration without any sticky residue.

SHOP IT: Glossier, $35

SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier. Image via Dermstore.

In addition to hyaluronic acid, this rich serum also includes licorice root extract to help preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin, and proxylane to help improve the appearance of skin firmness.

SHOP IT: Skinceuticals, $130

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. Image via Sephora.

This lightweight serum replenishes the complexion and improves the look of skin texture and tone thanks to a blend of Vitamin B5, pineapple ceramide and sodium hyaluronate to effectively hydrate skin.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $63

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