When I first got this I did not understand how to use it properly. I, too, felt like it dried out my skin and was so disappointed. I bought a couple other serums. After more skincare research I learned that for a serum like this to absorb, your skin needs to be damp. I read to use a hydrating facial mist, then apply a hyaluronic serum immediately after. Once I did that, I found that this serum is phenomenal. It is highly hydrating and gives an amazing glow. I wash my face, dry it, use toner, wait for that to dry and then spray on my hydrating mist and put this right on top and it's beautiful. I love it. I wish I had known this beforehand and before wasting 1/4 of the bottle. I have found other companies don't explain this at all either, but hyaluronic serums work better on damp skin.