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5 Hydrating Toners and Essences You Can Use Instead of Moisturizer

They're perfect for oily skin!
5 Hydrating Toners and Essences You Can Use Instead of Moisturizer
IMAGE Hada Labo, Ponds, Cosrx
They're perfect for oily skin!

When you've already got a shiny T-zone, it may seem counterintuitive to apply moisturizer. But the thing is, your oily skin could be producing more oil because it's dehydrated.

    If you hate the feeling of wearing creams, especially by day, try looking for hydrating products with liquid or gel formulasthese could be lotions, toners, and essences. These lightweight formulas easily sink into the skin, so they usually don't leave behind a greasy finish. 

    Add these hydrating finds below to your skincare routine:  

    1. Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion 

    This hydrating "lotion" is like a watery moisturizer—to apply it, you just need to pat the liquid formula on your face. Loaded with four types of hyaluronic acid, it helps locks in moisture in the skin and also softens rough texture like those dry areas around the mouth. It's meant to be used before moisturizing but you can also use it on its own as a light daytime moisturizer! 


    Hydrating Lotion, P685, HADA LABO, Watsons

    2. Celeteque Hydration Ultra-Moisturizing Essence

    You can also keep your skin soft without adding extra shine to your complexion by using an essence. If you've never tried one before, an essence is almost like a serum but it's lighter in weight and less potent. In the K-Beauty world, it's commonly used for an additional layer of hydrationit's usually layered under serums but you can try using it on its own. For an affordable pick, try this hydrating, quick-drying essence from Celeteque, which is packed with hyaluronic acid.

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    Hydration Ultra-Moisturizing Essence, P499, CELETEQUE, Watsons

    3. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel 

    If you're not a fan of using moisturizer by day, you should at least apply a hydrating sunscreen. This one from Japanese sunscreen brand Anessa has a light gel formula that's quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving you with a nice, matte finish. It can also serve the purpose of your moisturizer as it contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, and glycerin


    Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel, P1490, ANESSA, Lazada

    4. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

    Snail mucin is another popular moisturizing ingredientand yes, it's the excretion from snails. You'll find it in many K-beauty products like this essence from COSRX, which is made with 96% snail secretion infiltrate. Paired with sodium hyaluronate, it deeply hydrates the skin and helps strengthen your moisture barrier without making your skin feel greasy.


    Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P980, COSRX, Beautymnl

      5. Pond's White Beauty Perfect Potion Essence

      If you're dealing with oily, acne-prone skin, this multi-tasking find is for you. Aside from hyaluronic acid, this essence contains niacinamide, which helps improve the skin's texture as well as fade dark marks. To apply it, you can pat the liquid formula on your face or you can also pour it on a cotton pad and sweep it all over your face. 


      White Beauty Perfect Potion Essence, P499, POND'S, Beautymnl

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