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The Best Water-Based Skin Care Products for Your Routine

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 1 year ago | Updated
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Keeping hydrated is the key to healthy-looking, glowy skin – and we don’t just mean with regular ol’ tap water. In fact, water-based skin care is on the rise, thanks to beauty buffs across the globe realizing the many many benefits of H2O infused skin care 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 skin care products at Cosmetify and add a splash (or two) into your daily routine.

What is water-based skin care?

Water-based skin care 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 its 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 skin care are second to none. Not only do they quench your skin’s thirst, but they also help plump your complexion. This anti-aging 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 skin care products you need to get your hands on this season.

Garnier Micellar Water Facial Cleanser Combination Skin

Well, we certainly couldn’t mention water-based products without giving the pros at Garnier 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.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

$4.99

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.

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

$7.50

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 moisturizers.

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CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

$18.99

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.

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REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner

REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner

$32.00

This toner utilizes the power of lavender flower water to reduce the size of your pores and rebalance your natural oil production. Use twice a day to give yourself a burst of refreshment, while also ensuring your skin if free from impurities that can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

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Saturday Skin Waterfall

Discover the cult-favorite cream, which contains nutrient-rich Iceland moss and Alaskan glacier water. This winning combo protects the skin from free radicals and it has a gel-cream consistency, that helps revitalize your complexion for glowing results. Better still, this cream feels extra cooling on the skin, making it ideal for hotter days.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Cream

Struggle with sensitive, allergy-prone skin? La Roche-Posay to the recuse. Their Toleriane Ultra Cream uses thermal spring water, which is rich in antioxidants and minerals. And with a hypoallergenic formula, this moisturizing cream helps soothe and smooth the delicate skin.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

$32.00

This water-based moisturizer is perfect for anyone who struggles with that midday shine. The oil-free, gel-like formula helps keep your skin looking tip top all day long, with a boost of hydration. Use daily to enjoy soft, smooth and supple results.

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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Another water-based moisturizer worth investing in is this deeply hydrating cream from Fresh. It contains an innovative floral blend of rose water, rose flower oil and vitamin E. This soothes and smooths the skin for radiant results. Plus, it’s super lightweight on the skin so no greasy or heavy feeling throughout the day.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum

$65.00 $72.00 (10% off)

This formula does exactly what it says on the tin – drenches your skin with the refreshing water-based serum. It contains a whopping 75% hyaluronic acid and helps plump the complexion to reduce the signs of ageing. Even better, it contains silk proteins which balances your skin’s natural hydration levels.

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Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

$52.00

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

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer

If you struggle with sensitivities, this dermatologically tested Neutrogena moisturizer is perfect for you! It has a weightless formula, which is free from oil and fragrance. The Hyaluronic Gel Matrix locks is moisture across the course of the day for supple, fresh and healthy-looking skin.

GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser

GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer

$52.00

Enjoy long-lasting hydration with this glow enhancing formula from GLAMGLOW. It uses a magical blend of volcanic water and blue nymph lily to nourish your precious complexion. Plus, it’s free from nasties. Simply smooth across the face, neck and décolletage to revive and refresh your skin in an instant.

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Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster

$68.00

Splurge on this serum for a refreshing boost of hyaluronic acid, coconut fruit and evening primrose oil. This serum gets to work smoothing fine lines and helps plump up the skin for a youthful appearance. Apply to pesky dry patches or mix with your favorite moisturizer for an extra dose of hydration.

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Murad Nutrient Charged Water Gel

Filled to the brim with vitamins, minerals and peptides this Murad water gel moisturizer 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.


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 skin care tips, take a look our guide to the best Glow Recipe products and the Best Gua Sha Tools and How to Use Them.

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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