Water Cream Is the Hydrating Skincare Product You Need This Fall—Here Are Our 12 Favorites
Something’s in the water—we’re talking water creams, that is. Americans have embraced this K-beauty trend with even drugstore brands hopping on board.
Hyaluronic acid, fruit enzymes, succulent extracts, and more, water creams are loaded with skin-loving ingredients that add major moisture without a heavy feeling on your face. “Moisturizers can either be made from water droplets held within an oil base or oil droplets held within a water base,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “The latest generation of water creams are water-based emulsions. Because the base of the moisturizer is the water phase, they tend to be lighter in consistency as compared to their oil-based counterparts.”
Unlike oil-based emulsions, which tend to be heavier on the skin and may be too rich for some people’s preferences, “water creams can be more widely used across all skin types, including those with oily skin,” Zeichner says. Looking for more moisturization during the colder months but trying to avoid a heavy, cloggy cream? Water creams might be your answer.
We’ve rounded up 12 our of favorite water creams to douse your skin with as the temperatures drop and the humidity disappears into thin air.
Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer
Formulated with Norweigan glacial water, hyaluronic acid, and pineapple extract, this launch from Philosophy promises to increase your skin’s hydration by a whopping 86%. Sounds hopeful!
This aqua-gel formula can be used as a moisturizer under makeup or slathered on overnight for the dewiest complexion come morning. The cream promises to boost hydration levels up to 108% after an hour.
Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
The Sunday Riley water cream has a cult following because it doesn't disappoint. In addition to two forms of hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, pineapple enzymes help to lightly exfoliate, making it ideal for sloughing away summer’s skin damage while adding moisture back during the cooler fall months.
Refreshing Gel-Cream for Dry Skin
Packed with antioxidant fruit water to help fight against external aggressors (aka pollution), this moisturizing gel-cream is oil-free, lightweight, and offers the biggest bang for your buck.
Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
Just as the name suggests, this supple water cream is loaded with calendula serum to not only provide hydration but also to help calm irritated, aggravated skin.
Oil-Free Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
The latest launch in their popular GinZing line, this new moisturizer is an oil-free, lightweight formulation bursting with caffeine from both coffee and ginseng to help keep your complexion looking bright. Pair with these look-less-tired makeup tips and you'll be ready to take on the day.
Hydra Genius Glowing Water Cream
Moisturization that will last up to 72 hours, this water cream not only is affordable but also leaves skin feeling quenched on contact thanks to its power couple: hyaluronic acid and aloe water.
Coconut Water Cream
Known for their high-performance, sensitive-skin products, First Aid Beauty’s water cream uses the hydrating benefits of coconut water (plus amino acids, enzymes, electrolytes, and antioxidants) to provide a lightweight yet thorough moisturizer.
Cactus Water Moisturizer
Sansa Stark (aka Sophie Turner) once told me that this was her absolute holy grail of moisturizers, and it’s easy to see why. Infused with extracts from 'Queen of the Night' cactus, South African resurrection plant, and aloe vera, this gel formula soothes redness, improves texture, and nourishes skin all in once.
Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream
Formulated for stressed-out skin, this water cream uses vegan probiotics, hyaluronic acid, and coconut water to help skin fight dryness, pollution, and lack of sleep.
Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost
Like a splash of refreshing H2O for your parched face, this vegan gel moisturizer uses anti-aging marine plant extracts, plus plumping hyaluronic acid and squalane, to reverse time and quench thirst, stat. It also has the cutest packaging.
Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream
Those who loves all-natural products and have a dry complexion will fall in love with this award-winning, organic water cream. Created with coconut water, phytic acid, and cupuacu butter, this pick is packed with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients to boost skin’s appearance in a natural way.