Our no#1 skincare goal is to make sure our skin is never thiiiirsty. When your skin’s moisture levels are depleted, the moisture barrier becomes more fragile, and there can be some pretty serious consequences. Of course, there’re the obvious results of dehydration, like dry skin that looks dull and lackluster, but it can even result in increased oil production as your skin tries to compensate for the lack of moisture. However, with the right hydrating products and by drinking lots of water (at least two liters a day) you can keep your skin on track and feeling plump and hydrated. These 15 tried and tested products are some of our go-tos for glowing skin goals!
1. The Oil For All Skin Types: Sweet Chef The SuperFood + Vitamins Beauty Oil, $24
We’re obsessed with this new lightweight dry oil. It contains non-comedogenic jojoba oil, which is ideal for acne-prone skin, as well as apple-seed oil, coffee seed extract, sesame oil, and lavender oil. The formula also boasts carrot root extract, beetroot, kale, and ginger, all of which are bursting with vitamins A, B, and C to soften, soothe and revive the skin. Consider it a tall glass of water for every skin type. Apply it after your moisturizer to keep hydration locked in.
2. The Beauty Editor Fave: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, $7
Hyaluronic acid is the it-girl of the skincare industry. The mega-hydrator can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and can be absorbed into the deepest layers of your skin to deliver long-lasting moisture for supple, plump skin. The addition of vitamin B5 gives an extra surge of hydration. Use it every morning and night; after you’ve cleansed and toned, and before you apply your moisturizer.
3. Huda’s Fave: Embryolisse Filaderme Emulsion, $28
Packed with hydrating superheroes like aloe vera, shea butter, and squalane, this rich moisturizing cream boasts an omega-rich hit of hydration that helps boost levels of elasticity in the skin. Plus, it’s rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, so it helps to strengthen the skin barrier so that it maintains the optimal pH level and prevents moisture loss. It also contains soy proteins that can help the appearance of pigmentation and even out skin tone.
4. For Major Hydration: The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum, $15
Okay, so when we said that hyaluronic acid is the it-girl, then consider polyglutamic acid is it’s more hydrating, younger sister. Polygumatic acid is four times more hydrating than hyaluronic – how insane! Studies have also shown that polyglutamic acid improves skin’s elasticity, more so than even collagen and hyaluronic acid. PGA might even prevent and decrease hyaluronidase production: the process that breaks down natural hyaluronic acid in our skin. For $15? The Inkey List Polygutamic acid is a no-brainer and an incredibly hydrating option. Apply it as your serum step.
5. The Everyday Essential: Glow Recipe Banana Souffle, $39
Made by one of our fave K-beauty brands, Glow Recipe’s Banana Souffle is super hydrating, lightweight, and bursting with delicious skincare goodies. The banana infused formula will recover dryness, dehydration, and irritation, by delivering a hit of magnesium, which is naturally found in bananas. They also added cica, turmeric, vitamin A, B, C into the mix as well as squalane, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin – it’s utterly delicious. Read our full review here.
6. The Cult Classic: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $100
This iconic serum was, in fact, the first serum in the beauty industry and its signature recovery complex has been hydrating faces worldwide ever since. The formula also contains antioxidants to protect your skin from aging free radicals, as well as hyaluronic acid. It applies like a dream and is easily absorbed, leaving your skin feeling soft and plump. Apply it before your moisturizer, then prepare to see great results.
7. The Extra Step: Peach & Lily Wild Dew Essence, $39
This essence does it all; boosts radiance, keeps breakouts at bay, and of course, provides a surge of hydration. And that’s down to its inkey list, which features brightening niacinamide, nourishing radish leaf extract, and the K-beauty fave, bamboo extract to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, keeping your skin soft and supple. Pat this bouncy water-like formula into your skin after toner and before your serum.
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8. The Drugstore Newbie: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Milk, $8
Garnier combines the cleansing power of micellar water with a hydrating, milky texture, making it ideal for dry to sensitive skin. Use it with a cotton pad to wipe away every inch of makeup and leave your skin feeling supple, smooth and fresh.
9. The Splurge: 111 Skin Meso Infusion Leave On Hydration Mask, $200
If you’re in a rush but you still want to show your skin some love, this is the product to use. We realize it comes with a price tag, but it leaves your skin feeling so soft, incredibly well-nourished and healthy, and it wears really well under makeup. The miracle mask is formulated with a unique amino acid complex that fights external factors that disrupt your skin’s moisture level, thereby preventing future damage. It also contains vitamin C and Wu Zhu Yu extract to brighten and replenish the skin. No need for essences, serums or moisturizers, just apply this after you’ve cleansed and toned and you’re good to go.
10. For Extra Hydration: Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum Moisturizer Daily Skin Booster, $30
This lightweight formula has a gel-like texture that works to strengthen the skin’s barrier function, preventing moisture loss. The formula contains just 11 ingredients, with 89% of the formula being made with Vichy’s mineralizing thermal water, which is enriched with 15 essential minerals to hydrate and plump your skin. Like all hydrating products, it contains hyaluronic acid and is great for all skin types as it’s free of alcohol, fragrance, oil, and parabens. We love to use this after we’ve toned for an added layer of moisture before our other serums or moisturizers.
11. For a Super Boost: NO2O Skincare Hydrating Dry Face Mask, $26
Despite the fact that this is a dry mask, it’s hella-hydrating. The dry-to-the-touch mask is pumped with 94% active ingredients including hyaluronic acid and squalane, which are activated with the heat of your skin, and help your skin to feel softer and brighter in just 15 minutes. Micro vectors loaded with active ingredients help to continue restoring and replenishing the skin for another eight hours making it the ultimate pre-glam mask. We also love that the mask can be used twice! After you’ve cleansed and toned, let this mask work its magic before applying a moisturizer.
12. For Sensitive Skin: Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Facial Cleansing Oil, $11
The perfect pre-cleanse cleansing oil, this silky oil removes every trace of makeup while showing your skin some major love. The cleansing oil is a hydrating mix of Alpine, Damask and Musk Rose Oils that nourish and hydrate the skin. Massage the oil into your skin for one to two minutes and splash with water to see it transform into a milk, before washing it away.
13. For Glass Skin: Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, $39
Let’s be real, who doesn’t want glass skin? And this serum is quite literally glass skin in a bottle. It’s an uber-moisturizing cocktail of peach extract, niacinamide, East Asian mountain yam, madecassoside, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, which help to hydrate, calm, brighten and firm skin. Apply before your moisturizer for glass skin goals.
14. To Soothe & Calm: Holi Frog Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash, $38
This cleanser is jam-packed with skincare miracle workers to soothe inflammation in the skin, making it ideal for sensitive or acne-prone skin. It features skin-identical amino acids to increase cell regeneration as well as plant extracts to hydrate and brighten the skin. Plus, the texture is super silky and luxurious, and won’t strip your skin at all. It’s our go-to morning cleanser.
15. For All Skin Types: Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil, $75
This concentrated, super-hydrating facial oil is an office fave for its skin-softening, moisturizing, glow-giving properties. Boasting a potent inkey list of 10% ferment complex, the intense blend of nourishing fermented oils has a higher antioxidant and free fatty acid content than most oils, which means it locks in insane amounts of moisture with a smart hydrator molecule that encourages moisture retention in the skin.