WA­TER BAR

Any­one geared up for that mid-year sum­mer get­away should also gear up on the lat­est trends to know about keep­ing skin quenched. Not a hard thing to do, con­sid­er­ing it’s also when brands tend to have their big­gest hy­drat­ing launches – and you’ve folks like

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All the lat­est hy­drat­ing trends you need to know be­fore your mid-year sum­mer get­away.

OIL IS THE “IT” IN­GRE­DI­ENT

It al­ready ex­ists in our com­plex­ion nat­u­rally, work­ing with wa­ter to im­prove skin’s bar­rier sys­tem, keep out free rad­i­cal dam­age, and lock in mois­ture from within. So it only makes sense to ap­ply the same logic to skin­care, no?

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Laneige Wa­ter Bank Dou­ble Lay­er­ing Oil, $50 A light­weight serum that’s a pow­er­house hy­dra­tor, thanks to a blend of nat­u­rally de­rived oils and the brand’s quick-ab­sorb­ing Hy­dro Ion Min­eral Wa­ter, which leaves skin look­ing vis­i­bly ra­di­ant. Vichy Aqualia Ther­mal Spa Oil-in-Wa­ter Essence, $52 Think of this – Vichy’s first mi­cro­cap­sule essence – as a wa­tery oil with a toner-like tex­ture. Boosted by hyaluronic acid, vi­ta­min E and the brand’s sig­na­ture Ther­mal Spa wa­ter, it re­plen­ishes hy­dra­tion levels and bol­sters skin’s nat­u­ral bar­rier.

THE REIGN­ING TECH­NOL­OGY IS STILL MICROENCAPSULATION

Hy­dra­tion af­fects all lay­ers of skin, and microencapsulation, which seals in ac­tive in­gre­di­ents and re­leases them over time (read: so the ben­e­fits last longer), pen­e­trates skin fast and deep.

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Clin­ique Mois­ture Surge Hy­drat­ing Su­per­charged Con­cen­trate, $79 Us­ing what the brand calls “Liq­uid-Sphere Tech­nol­ogy”, this binds an­tiox­i­dants and vi­ta­mins C and E to plump skin from within. The re­fresh­ing gel tex­ture is also per­fect for our hot, humid cli­mate.

Chanel Hy­dra Beauty Mi­cro Creme, $136. With 5,000 mi­cro-droplets con­tain­ing for­ti­fy­ing in­gre­di­ents like camel­lia alba and blue gin­ger ex­tracts, this cream pro­vides in­stant hy­dra­tion while keep­ing skin soft, smooth and sup­ple.

SOME SOOTH­ING NA­TURE NEVER HURTS

No, the likes of anti-in­flam­ma­tory aloe vera and blem­ish-fight­ing cu­cum­ber don’t hy­drate per se. With wors­en­ing pol­lu­tion woes though, there’s been in­creas­ing in­ter­est in nat­u­ral, plant-based ex­tracts with calm­ing prop­er­ties, which might ex­plain why they’re pop­ping up in hy­drat­ing prod­ucts more than ever. What they do: work in sync with mois­tur­is­ing in­gre­di­ents to make skin feel re­ally good.

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Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Sooth­ing Hy­dra­tion Masque, $62 A gel mask in­fused with aloe vera (it’s sup­posed to boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion) and petals from the calendula flower, which helps to heal wounds. Five min­utes is all that’s needed for it to hy­drate skin, as well as calm sun­burn and ir­ri­ta­tion. Peter Thomas Roth Cu­cum­ber De-Tox Bal­anc­ing Essence Wa­ter Mist, $54 Its hyaluronic acid con­tent is what keeps skin hy­drated and plump. Mak­ing it feel ul­tra re­fresh­ing are cool­ing cu­cum­ber and camomile, both of which are also anti-in­flam­ma­tory. Plus it scores ex­tra marks for ease of use as it can be ap­plied both un­der and over makeup.

HYALURONIC ACID IS SEXY AGAIN

If you ask us, this has lots to do with the grow­ing ubiq­uity of fillers, which tend to con­tain HA (that’s what we call it) to bind and aid the de­liv­ery of wa­ter to skin. Found nat­u­rally in our bod­ies – though it di­min­ishes with age – HA keeps the com­plex­ion bal­anced and op­ti­mally hy­drated, while pro­tect­ing against free rad­i­cal dam­age.

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Hada Labo Su­per Hyaluronic Acid Pre­mium Hy­drat­ing Lo­tion, $24.90 Be­sides anti-in­flam­ma­tory sacran (an al­gae ex­tract), this lo­tion con­tains a com­bi­na­tion of five – yep, five – dif­fer­ent sizes of HA mol­e­cules so that they reach ev­ery layer of the skin. What this means: in­tense and long-last­ing mois­tur­i­sa­tion 24/7. For Beloved Girl Ex­treme Mois­ture Min­eral Cloud-Silk Mask, $16 for a box of three sheets Be­sides re­port­edly con­tain­ing as much nour­ish­ing min­er­als as there are in 1.88 bot­tles of the av­er­age face spray, each mask boasts the triple hy­drat­ing threats of HA, sodium lac­tate and an amino acid de­riv­a­tive. Yes, it quenches skin. It also boosts mois­ture levels. But what we love most is how it soothes a tired com­plex­ion.

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