Beauty,  Skincare

My favourite hydrators

The skincare issue I spend the most time on is definitely trying to get moisture into my skin. These are serums, mists and primers that I love and trust.

First mention has to go to my beloved Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist (R380), which is not in the shot above because I keep it in the fridge and forgot to include it. It’s my go-to for hot days when my skin is screaming to be cooled and hydrated. (Find my full review here.)

CHANEL Blue Serum (R1760) contains ingredients inspired by the world’s Blue Zones and fortifies while it hydrates. I use this on days when my skin needs nutrients as well as hydration. (Find my review here.) Marvel Hydro Shot (R1050) is one of the only hyaluronic acid serums that I can wear on its own – I hardly ever do, but when I’m just at home for the day and don’t want to do a multi-product routine, I reach for this one. (Find my review here.)

I always use a thermal spring water spray before I apply my hydrating serums. There are three in this list that I use on repeat. The first of which is La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water for Sensitive Skin (R160).

As the name would suggest, the Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster (R343) contains 89% concentrated Vichy Mineralizing Water to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and deeply hydrate at the same time. (Find my review here.)

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Lightening Hydrating Emulsion (R2314) is definitely more of a pigmentation treatment than a hydration serum, but it is the most hydrating formula of its kind that I’ve ever tried. So if you’re looking to fight pigmentation without drying out your skin, this is the best option.

Made of 91.9% coptis japonica root, the Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner (R185 from Glow Theory) combines antioxidant protection with hyaluronic acid to create a super hydrating mist that I’ve used every day since I got it.

Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water for Sensitive Skin (R160) is the second thermal water I love to use. This one I reach for when my skin feels super sensitive, as I find it slightly more soothing than the La Roche-Posay.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 (R1390) is the serum that got me addicted to hyaluronic acid. It will literally transform your skin in a matter of weeks.

The newest addition in my line up is the essence Prime+ Studio HD Hydra Primer Spray (R80). It has replaced my Smashbox Primer Water as my go-to daily primer. It hydrates the skin and creates a perfect base for makeup, without pilling.

Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Spray (R307) is the final thermal water I use. This one is for when my skin needs some nutrition as well as hydration, as it contains anti-ageing properties, too. (Find my review here.)

Lamelle Correctives HA+ Serum (R680) is a great local alternative to the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5. It contains 4 molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, so hydrates the skin at all levels while maintaining your skin’s natural moisture reserves. You can read my full review here.

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum Hydrating Concentrate (R325) is an oldie but a goodie, This always makes its way back into my routine at this time of year, as it’s one of the best deeply hydrating, yet nourishing serums on the market. (Find my review here).