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10 Lightweight Emulsions That Can Hydrate Your Skin without Moisturizer

An extra layer of moisture never hurts!
10 Lightweight Emulsions That Can Hydrate Your Skin without Moisturizer
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An extra layer of moisture never hurts!

By now, you should know that moisture is king if you want plump and glowing skin. In fact, layering several lightweight skincare products that are hydrating can give you a similar effect to using moisturizers and serums. Plus, having an additional step to your skincare routine isn't so bad if it means more nourishment for your skin—as long as you give it time to get used to each product first. And if you're on the lookout for an additional nourishing layer, we recommend adding an emulsion to your skincare routine. This product is becoming more popular because of the influence of K-beauty, but more than that, it's actually because it has tons of benefits. That said, try not to confuse an emulsion with a moisturizer or a serum, because they are very different in use and purpose.

Emulsion vs. Moisturizer vs. Serum

Unlike the creamy texture of moisturizer, emulsion typically has a light, milky consistency and offers more than simple hydration. It has potent ingredients that address different skin problems like a serum, but it's also a fast-absorbing sealant that could act like a moisturizer. You can pretty much say that it is a hybrid of both a serum and a moisturizer. But while an emulsion is not necessarily considered an essential, they do add a great deal of nourishment to skin. Its lightweight texture balances skin's moisture levels and delivers potent ingredients without congesting pores perfect for oily and sensitive skin.


How to Use an Emulsion

When you should use your emulsion really depends on the formulation of the product you're using or your preference. But in K-beauty standards, an emulsion must be applied after your essences and serums, but before sealing it with your usual moisturizer. It is best used during daytime in lieu of heavier skincare products, as it helps seal in the moisture of the first layers of your skincare routine. This makes emulsions perfect for summer time and in humid weathers like ours. Because if you're not too keen on using a regular moisturizer during the day, you can just replace it with an emulsion. Not only is it more lightweight, it'll also lock in the benefits of your essences and serums just as a moisturizer would.

Best Skin Emulsions Philippines

1. Lancôme Blanc Expert Emulsion Moist

If you have stubborn dark spots, this emulsion has brightening and hydrating properties that claim to reform the skin by making it radiant, spotless, and translucent. But more than that, it can be used by anyone of every age and skin type no matter the weather. It is lightweight enough to be used in the morning and moisturizing enough to be used at night!

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LANCOME Blanc Expert Emulsion Moist, P5150,

2. Nuxe Aquabella Beauty-Revealing Moisturising Emulsion

This emulsion's ultra-fresh "bare skin" finish makes it perfect for combination skin. Its thin consistency melts onto skin easily and gives it an instant dewy glow! It has waterlily and hyaluronic acid as well, which are both good for overall hydration, and a natural blur complex that makes your complexion appear smooth, fresh, and mattified. This paraben-free emulsion is 93.5% natural and can be applied both morning and night.


NUXE Aquabella Beauty-Revealing Moisturising Emulsion, P1650, Rustan's

3. Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion

This emulsion contains beta-hydroxy acids that can help address irritation, prevent breakouts, and control excessive oil production—perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. To add to that, it also has centella asiatica that helps soothe redness and calm down the skin while charging it with more hydration.


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion, P850, Beautymnl

4. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi Rejuvenating Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 25

This anti-aging formula from Philosophy is an emulsion that gives broad spectrum protection from UVA, UVB, infrared and visible light. With its multi-rejuvenation technology with patented bi-retinol, it can help skin become firmer and more radiant. It also has active plant cells that increase production of collagen and hydration levels.

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PHILOSOPHY Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi Rejuvenating Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 25, P3565,

5. La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF 30

Luxurious is an understatement to describe this emulsion because it contains actual gold to help enhance your skin's luminosity, lessen the visibility of fine lines, and help fade discolorations and spots. To top that, it has SPF 30 to protect you from UV damage while also keeping the moisture level of skin balanced.

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LA PRAIRIE Cellular Radiance Emulsion SOF30, P33,300, Rustan's

6. Laneige Balancing Emulsion - Sensitive

As its name suggests, this emulsion is made for sensitive skin. It's free from alcohol, fragrance or artificial colorants, and it has ingredients that can protect the complexion from pollutants and help strengthen its natural barrier. The bio-dusali and fermented seaweed will keep skin energized and hydrated, while its rice and rye extracts are amazing for soothing irritated skin and restoring its healthy glow.

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LANEIGE Balancing Emulsion for Sensitive, price unavailable, SM Makati

7. The Face Shop Yehwadam Pure Brightening Emulsion

This emulsion is a brightening, anti-aging, and hydrating formula all in one. It addresses concerns like dull skin tone, fine lines, and stubborn discoloration. This is made with natural Korean ingredients such as Korean herbs, ginseng, and flowers processed by traditional methods to deeply infuse moisture and glow.

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THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Pure Brightening Emulsion, P1695, Lazada

8. Dr. Jart+ V7 Emulsion

While Dr. Jart is known for their innovative masks, their take on an emulsion hardly disappoints. It is called V7 because it has seven vitamins that are brightening, soothing, moisture-locking, clearing, firming, moisturizing. Plus, it has a gel-like texture that is fast-absorbing and non-heavy—a great daytime alternative to moisturizer if you have oily skin!

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DR. JART+ V7 Emulsion, P2575,

9. Clarins Multi-Active Day Emulsion - All Skin Types

This is designed to keep up with the fast-paced lifestyle of those in the city, which causes premature fine lines and sun damage. It has organic teasal that contributes to improving the skin's radiance and myrothamnus, which deals with the damaging effects of stress and environmental aggressors. Best of all, it has a lightweight and moisturizing feel that's designed for all skin types.

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CLARINS Multi-Active Day Emulsion – All Skin Types, P4350, Rustan's

10. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion

This cult-favorite product from Etude House has 14% super collagen water and 6% moistful Baobab water that helps the product penetrate the skin easily. Just like a Boabab tree that is known for how well it stores water, this emulsion provides maximum moisture and leaves the skin bouncy and plump. Its fast-absorbing and adhesive gel-type texture helps skin look moist.

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ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Emulsion, P728, TriNoma

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