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The Best Water-Based Skincare Products for Your Routine

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 2 years ago | Updated
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Keeping hydrated is the key to healthy-looking, glowing skin – and we don’t just mean with regular ol’ tap water. In fact, water-based skincare is on the rise, thanks to beauty buffs across the globe realising the many many benefits of H2O infused skincare goodies. Not only do they keep your skin looking on fleek, but they are a super refreshing way to prep your face for foundation.

So, without further ado, it’s time to dip you toe into the plethora of water-based skincare products at Cosmetify and add a splash (or two) into your daily routine.

What is water-based skincare?

Water-based skincare basically means the formulation uses water as the star ingredient to help all the other nourishing goodies pack a punch. They absorb easily and quickly, so your skin feels rejuvenated in an instant.

Water-based products work with all skin types, thanks to their non-greasy consistency. So, whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, it’s time to dive into this new trend.

What makes water-based so special?

The benefits of water-based skincare are second to none. Not only do they quench your skin’s thirst, but they also help plump your complexion. This anti-ageing element reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a youthful, hydrated glow.

Water-based products are also lightweight and fast absorbing, which means you don’t have to wait around to apply your makeup. Plus, if that wasn’t enough it creates a smooth base for your foundation or concealer.

Not sure which products to go for? Here are just a few of the very best water-based skincare products you need to get your hands on this season.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser 236ml

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

£9.53 £12.00 (21% off)

An oldie but a goldie, everyone loves the gentle formulations from CeraVe. This particular water-based cleanser also uses hyaluronic acid to prevent dryness and three types of ceramides to buff away dirt, grime and product build up without stripping the skin.

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum 30ml

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

£18.31 £21.00 (13% off)

Using hyaluronic acid, this serum helps boost hydration across the face and neck. The formula feels comfortable on the skin while it replenishes your complexion and helps restore the skin barrier. This is the perfect daily solution for a facial treatment at home.

Bioderma Sensibio H2o Make-up Removing Micelle Solution 100ml

Bioderma Sensibio H2o Make-up Removing Micelle Solution

£3.48 £5.50 (37% off)

Well we certainly couldn’t mention water-based products without giving the pros at Bioderma a shout out. Their micellar water cleansers are a game changer. If you don’t already have their cleansing water, just know that it makes removing makeup and impurities SO much easier. This particular one is perfect for combination skin as it’s gentle, yet insanely refreshing on your complexion.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5


This water-based serum is a must-have product in any routine. It’s a super affordable option, which doesn’t compromise on results. The hyaluronic acid helps rejuvenate tired skin, so your complexion feels smoothed and hydrated straight away. Apply a few drops morning and night before you add any cream or oil-based moisturisers.

Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturiser 15ml

Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturiser

£13.50 £15.00 (10% off)

Another water-based moisturiser worth investing in is this deeply hydrating cream from Paula's Choice. An innovative blend of electrolytes soothe and smooth the skin for radiant results. Plus, it’s super lightweight on the skin so no greasy or heavy feeling throughout the day.

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel 10ml

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel


Wave goodbye to dry, tight skin and say hello to radiant, healthy-looking results with this water gel moisturiser. It utilises dual hyaluronic acid technology, apple fruit extract and glycerin to soften, smooth and deeply hydrate the skin. And it’s vegan and cruelty-free!

Clarins Hydra Essential Cooling Cream Gel 50ml

Clarins Hydra Essential Cooling Cream Gel

£32.55 £37.00 (13% off)

If you struggle with sensitivities, this dermatologically tested Clarins moisturiser is perfect for you! It has a water-based, gel-like formula that balances, hydrates and protects skin from temperature changes, indoor and outdoor pollutants, and environmental stress.

Thalgo Clarifying Water Essence

Thalgo Clarifying Water Essence

£28.57 £35.00 (19% off)

A cooling treatment water with a gel-like texture, the Water Essence from Thalgo gives a huge boost of hydration from hyaluronic acid. You can also treat those pesky dark spots and add radiance to your skin, thanks to brown algae extract.

BIOEFFECT Osa Water Mist

BIOEFFECT Osa Water Mist


Another face mist we love is this rebalancing one from BIOEFFECT, formulated with pure Icelandic water, hyaluronic acid and orthosilicic acid to imbue your skin with total hydration, plumpness and improved structural integrity.

Heliocare 360 Water Gel SPF 50+ 50ml

Heliocare 360 Water Gel SPF 50+

£24.99 £31.00 (20% off)

With all the hydrating benefits of a water gel moisturiser plus the added sun protection of an SPF, this product is perfect for retaining your skin's moisture levels, shielding it from pollution and harmful UV rays and giving you a clear, matte finish that looks great on all skin tones.

Comfort Zone Water Soul Aloe Gel 150ml

Comfort Zone Water Soul Aloe Gel


Maybe you've already gotten your dose of sun and need to relieve slightly stressed skin. Aloe vera is an amazing solution, with super high water content to soothe redness and irritation. This super refreshing gel contains organic aloe vera that your skin will just love.

Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Mist 30ml

Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Mist

£10.45 £12.00 (13% off)

Institut Esthederm's Cellular Water Mist plumps up your skin with hyaluronic acid and a hydra booster, plus protects it from free radicals with antioxidants to keep you looking youthful.

Avène Thermal Spring Water 50ml

Avène Thermal Spring Water

£4.74 £5.75 (18% off)

This 100% pure thermal spring water has an ionic balance of minerals and trace elements that make it great for sensitive skin, sunburns, nappy rashes and more.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream

£27.52 £30.53 (10% off)

Water-based products definitely don't have to be boring. This coconut water scented body lotion proves just that. Not only does it smell delicious, the silky formula feels super luxurious, melting into your skin to improve skin elasticity.

Murad Hydration Nutrient Charged Water Gel 50ml

Murad Hydration Nutrient Charged Water Gel

£59.75 £66.33 (10% off)

Filled to the brim with vitamins, minerals and peptides, this Murad water gel moisturiser packs a punch. It transforms your skin from drab to fab, helping add radiance, smooth unwanted texture and soothe irritations. The gel formula feels lightweight on the skin, but locks in moisture with just one application.

HydroPeptide Power Serum 30ml

HydroPeptide Power Serum


Splurge on this serum for a refreshing boost of six peptides, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Vitamin A (retinol) diminishes wrinkles while oat proteins reduces inflammation, all coming together to form a potent anti-ageing, hydrating blend your skin will thank you for.

Feeling hydrated yet? If not, make sure you add some of these water-based goodies into your basket. They are ideal all year round but are particularly refreshing when the sun decides to make an appearance again.

For more top beauty tips, take a look at The Best HypoallergenicMakeup for Hay Fever Sufferers and The Best Tinted Moisturisers for Every Skin Type and Concern.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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