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How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

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*Disclaimer: I received the Aqua Burst Water Cream from UNT Cosmetics and after using it for over a month now, I share my honest review.

Sometimes, you just want to ditch thick face creams and go for lightweight moisturizers, especially if they are refreshing. And this is why a water-based moisturizer should be your go-to moisturizer.

A water-based moisturizer may actually be referred to as a water cream, lotion, or water gel. What’s the difference though?

  • Water creams have a thicker consistency than lotions and gels thanks to the less amount of water in their formulation,
  • Water gel moisturizers contain high water content, making them lightweight and much thinner than creams and lotions. Most gel moisturizers are free of oil thus beneficial for those with oily skin.
  • Water-based lotions have more water than creams but less than gels, thus, fall in the middle of creams and gels.

Depending on the amount of water in these products, choose one that suits your skin’s needs. But if you’re looking for a really lightweight moisturizer, a water-based lotion or gel is most likely going to be the best option.

How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

The main ingredient in a water-based moisturizer is water. While some of this water will soak into the skin when you apply the moisturizer, some will evaporate. Thus, the inclusion of several humectant ingredients in the water cream to bind to water and hold moisture in the outermost layer of the skin thus, prevent evaporation.

It is common for water creams to contain oils or other occlusive emollients to form a barrier between your skin and the outside environment, protecting it from moisture loss.

However, if fear shine or breakouts from using oils on your face, look for a water-based moisturizer that is oil-free for your face.

What Is A Water- Based Moisturizer Used For?

  • To provide nutrient-rich, balanced hydration: depending on the powerful ingredients present in your water cream, it can deeply deliver treatment benefits upon application, hydrating without leaving skin sticky or greasy.
  • Depending on your choice of water-based moisturizer, you can receive hydration for your skin, and still, keep that moisture locked in.

Aqua Burst Water Cream Review

How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

The Aqua Burst water cream from UNT Cosmetics is a lightweight, water-based moisturizer with a non-greasy texture that can be absorbed easily.

It is also free of oil, alcohol, fragrance, artificial colors, and parabens.

Price – $16

Packaging

The water cream comes in and 50g container, and with a mini spoon, or mini spatula to help with scooping of the product. It can also help you scoop out what you can’t reach with your hands, especially, when your favorite product is nearly gone.

A Look Into The Ingredients

This water-based is powered by “Ultra-active hydrating system”, a formula including three types of Hyaluronic Acids:

  • Aquaphyline®: it is rich in oligosaccharides obtained from wild pansies, thus, recommended for intense skin hydration to fight against dryness.
  • BioStine KSE : it is an extract of Lactococcus Ferment that positively influences both the speed and quality of epidermal growth that results in better barrier function and overall skin quality. It also calms and hydrates the skin.
  • CobioPhytonic: it is a botanical active ingredient combining the extracts from 5 plants and bio-flavonoids that helps diminish the appearance of fine lines thus boost the skin’s elasticity.

How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

This Aqua burst water cream is oil-free yet formulated to restore the skin’s elasticity. It also consists of the following ingredients in its formulation:

  • SYN®-HYCAN: replenishes moisture and strengthens firmness and elasticity.
  • Allantoin: enhance the skin’s healing power and keep skin moisturized and soothed.
  • Hyacross: forms a water-binding film on the skin surface that helps reduce skin moisture loss and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier against environmental damages.

I’m very keen on the ingredients I put into my skin, no wonder, my thorough breakdown of the ingredients above. Do your skin a favor by always researching about the kinds of ingredients used in their formulation even before you can purchase it.

You can use websites like COSDna and Folliculitisscout to always run the ingredients list through for any pore-blocking or harmful effects to your skin.

I did that for this product and I am not worried about clogged pores because this water cream is non-comedogenic.

How To Use Your Water-based Moisturizer

How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

1. Apply Your Moisturizer After Your Serum

Dermatologists recommend applying products from thinnest to thickest. Since serums are typically thinner than moisturizers, sit is advisable to apply your moisturizer after the serum.

2. Apply It Before Your Face Oil

While some say that one should apply the face oil before the moisturizer, so that it absorbs right into your skin before you slather on more hydration; others say to apply it after your moisturizer so that the layer of oil seals in everything you’ve applied beneath it, like your serum and cream.

What you need to know is that oils can penetrate your moisturizers and not vice versa. Thus, if you want your skin to be nourished by the ingredients in your moisturizer, apply it then your face oil follows.

If you used a facial oil before a water-based product such as a moisturizer, the water-based product wouldn’t penetrate your skin as effectively.

Note…

How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

I’ve personally used my water cream after my moisturizer since I realized that because my water cream is oil-free, it left my skin feeling dry, tight, and uncomfortable so I had to use the face oil underneath. It was okay.

And I’ve also used worn my water cream then used a face oil immediately afterward before having it dry on my face and it was great! I actually witnessed better results when I used my face oil last.

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3. Apply It To Damp Skin For The Best Results

To maximize the hydration from using your moisturizer, wear it while your face is still damp.

If your moisturizer contains a humectant like hyaluronic acid, this will be particularly effective since humectants helps your skin to draw in water, in this case, there is water available for the humectant ingredient to bind to.

4. Use It Twice A Day

It is advisable to apply your moisturizer in the morning and in the evening after cleansing. You want to put enough to moisturize your skin, and not too much to clog the pores.

How I Use The Aqua Burst Water Cream

How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated SkinHow To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

I have combination skin with an oily T-Zone. Thus, my skin can get really clogged and texturized around this area.

So, here’s how I used my water cream. This water-based moisturizer has a thicker consistency yet feels very lightweight and not greasy on my skin.

To use it:

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    • Cleanse your face. I use Ora’s Herbal face cleansing powder which offers me the benefits of a good deep cleanse, masking, and exfoliating properties.
    • I slather a significant amount of the water cream on my face and leave it on for 5 minutes as a hydrating mask.
    • Rinse off my face with water and pat it dry with my Down’s silk face towel. This leaves my face slightly damp.
    • I then wear just a scoop of the water cream as a moisturizer.
    • Afterward, I wear Ora’s Amazing Herbal face oil to seal in the moisture and that’s it.
    • During the day, I wear SPF but at night, I’m ready for my sleep.

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    Verdict

    How To Use A Water-Based Moisturizer For Hydrated Skin

    Your skin needs both oil and water to stay balanced. If your skin is dehydrated (lacking water) or dry (lacking oil), you always need to moisturize and give your skin consistent hydration, even if your skin is naturally oily.

    So, whether you have excessive oil production or lack it, moisturizing may actually balance oil production in your skin.

    And that’s where your water-based moisturizer steps in. Lightweight as they are, they are ideal for use in warmer months or on oily skin too.

    I personally use the Aqua Burst water cream as a hydrating face mask, a hydrating moisturizer and also, to calm my skin especially when trimming my eyebrows at home. Check out this article on how I trim my eyebrows at home in a matter of seconds.

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