Finding the right moisturizer for your skin type is easier said than done. If you have oily skin, will using moisturizer make your skin look shinier? If you have dry skin, will your moisturizer have enough mojo to hydrate your complexion adequately? With so many skin care products on store shelves, it can be completely overwhelming to determine which moisturizer will work best for your specific complexion needs. Ever wondered about water-based moisturizers? Here, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about finding the best water-based moisturizer for your skin type, as well as how to add one to your skin care routine.
WHAT IS A WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER?
First thing’s first: What is a water-based moisturizer? This moisturizer type is exactly what it sounds like—a moisturizer with water as its main ingredient, along with other hydrating ingredients mixed in. These moisturizers typically have a lightweight, gel formula as opposed to the thick, heavy lotions and creams you may be used to.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MOISTURIZER
Before we discuss finding the best water-based moisturizer for your skin type, it’s a good idea to understand the gist of what the best moisturizer for your skin type should be like—water-based formula or not. Everyone’s skin is different, and a moisturizer that works for one person won’t necessarily be the best option for someone else. When you’re searching for a new go-to moisturizer, definitely keep your skin type in mind.
If you have oily skin…it may seem counterintuitive to apply moisturizer (your skin has plenty of oil already, right?), but you shouldn’t skip this crucial step in your skin care routine. The reason why: When you don’t moisturize, your skin will compensate by producing even more oil, which will make your face look even shinier. Opt for a lightweight, water- or gel-based moisturizer, and consider using one that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores).
If you have dry skin…your complexion is begging you to quench its thirst. You can handle hydrating moisturizer creams, balms, and gels—and applying them a couple of times a day is typically tolerated by this skin type.
If you have combination skin…think about which areas of your face are oily and which ones are dry. When you have combination skin, it’s best to apply a lightweight moisturizer to the oilier parts (like your T-zone) and a heavier one to wherever you’re drier (like your cheeks).
Something else you should consider, regardless of skin type: Will your moisturizer actually keep you moisturized all day long? You may want to check the label to see if your moisturizer boasts long-lasting hydration before applying it.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, or very, very dry, a water-based moisturizer could be the source of hydration your skin’s been craving. Our Hydra Genius line of water-based moisturizers offer a “boost” of H2O, delivering much-needed hydration. These three moisturizer options suit a variety of skin types and offer long-lasting, continuous moisture for glowing skin. Each one is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin: In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can end up looking overly shiny. This water-based moisturizer reduces the appearance of excess shine so skin looks mattified and fresh.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin: Normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin's surface loses its glow, becoming dull. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving radiance.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin: Extra dry skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort so that skin feels nourished.
Whichever of the above moisturizers you choose, be sure to use it in the morning (before you apply makeup) and at night (following the rest of your skin care products). Speaking of…
HOW DO YOU APPLY A WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER?
It’s not just about finding your water-based moisturizer match—it’s about how you use it, too. For starters, after you're done washing your face with facial cleanser, you should swipe on your newfound water-based moisturizer before your skin dries, when it’s still just a little damp. That’s because applying moisturizer to damp skin can actually help lock in hydration. You should also always moisturize post-exfoliation. Finally, when it comes to moisturizer, a little really does go a long way. To avoid overdoing it, apply small smears to your forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks, and massage the moisturizer over your skin until absorbed. (Oh, and don’t forget your neck!)
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