Skin Care

[Top 9] Best Water Based Moisturizers


We all are different people and blessed with different skin types. Some of us have dry skin, some have combination skin, some with normal tones and the other ones have oily skin.  Whenever we go for makeup shopping we forget that the products should always be bought according to our skin types.

People with normal skin are the blessed souls who do not have to worry much about their skin needs. Combination skin tends to be a tricky business as it keeps changing with the weather and other conditions. Oily skin is the most notorious kinds that give rise to pimples, skin breakouts and a lot more.

Anyone with oily skin needs to take care of their skin by choosing the most appropriate and balanced creams that don’t make you look even more oily and greasy. All the selfies you take show an extra glare because of your shiny and oily cheeks and forehead. Cream blushes and eyeshadows are just not for you. They don’t stay on your face for long. The struggles reach a new level when someone is staring at you and you get confused that whether they are looking at you or using your face as a mirror.

You get actually fed up with all the big cosmetic brands that always promise of providing a face lotion that will reduce the oiliness but at the end, nothing works.  You wash your face like zillion times a day just to get rid of the extra greasy shine.

How to apply a moisturizer for maximum benefits?

CTM routine also called, as cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are the three basic steps to get a flawless and healthy skin. You need to do it on a daily basis to keep your skin healthy and flawless.

Cleansing: The first step to any skincare routine is washing and cleaning your face with some lukewarm water. Do not use water that is too hot as it may dry the skin. You can also use wet wipes to just wipe your face and remove any dirt deposited in the pores and on the skin. Lukewarm water works best for lifting up any dirt deposits and dust.

Toning: A good toner should be applied to the skin before any moisturizer. Soak a cotton ball in a toner and just put it all over your face. Concentrate more on the problem areas like where you are too oily or places prone to acne and breakouts.

Moisturizing: This is the last and final step where you need to apply a face cream and moisturize for hydrating the facial skin. Always use a different moisturizer for your face and body as both are different and have distinct needs.

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Best Water Based Facial Moisturizers

Keeping in mind all the beautiful young ladies out there who constantly struggle with their oily skin we have charted some of the best moisturizer for oily skin. We hope to provide some help to you all because I know that struggle is real. Apart from the struggle, the selection of the most appropriate brand from the plethora of products available is another uphill task. So let’s review some of those products and make it a bit easier for you.

1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer

La Rosche range of products is known for its effective results for oily skin. They have been manufacturing some great products that include face washes, cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. This product is formulated for the use of sebulyse technology and oil absorbing powder that works together to reduce the oiliness from the skin. This brand is famous for its effective range of skin tightening products. It also has lipo hydroxy acid(LHA) that exfoliates the skin providing a tightening effect on the open pores. The formula is dermatologically tested and tends not to have any allergic reactions and doesn’t cause any blackheads and whiteheads.

water based moisturizer


  • Helps in reducing acne breakouts
  • Work perfectly for oily skin.
  • A tube lasts pretty long because it spreads easily
  • Lightweight and balances the ph value of the skin
  • Good mattifying effect
  • Tightens the pores effectively.
  • Reduce spots and blackheads
  • Fight stubborn acne


  • Expensive product
  • If the skin is way too oily then the effect may last for just 4-5 hours
  • Tube is very small.

Verdict: The product is good but might be not very satisfactory if the oiliness level of your skin is way too high. There are several other products available that may not be too expensive but provide good results. They also have specialised range for acne prone skin that can prove effective for people who suffer from breakouts and pimples.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena is one of the famous brands that have marked itself as the savior for all types of skin. They have a huge range of products available one is the Neutrogena hydro boost water gel. This product is oil-free and gives a smooth complexion. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid and olive extracts that acts as a sponge and holds up water giving an extra hydrating effect. It absorbs into the skin easily and gives a supple glow to the skin. It should be applied to the skin after cleansing the skin properly with a cleanser. If it is applied to a slightly damp skin it helps the skin to better absorb the moisturizer. The olive extract in this product is a complex combination of fatty acids that help to create a shield that locks the moisture.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel


  • Good Hydrating effect
  • Lightweight
  • Not at all greasy and oily
  • So smooth
  • Get absorbed quickly
  • Moderate pricing range
  • Good quality
  • Great for dry and flaky skin


  • Dries out early
  • Don’t use if you are allergic to HA.
  • Strong perfume

Verdict: This is a good pick for people with combination skin as it locks the moisture in. If you are someone with sensitive skin then this product might not be that good. People whom strong smell and chemicals annoy won’t like this product a lot. Also, check for allergic ingredients if any.

3. Philosophy Hope in a Jar Daily Moisturizer

Let me talk about the jar of this product, which I find very impressive and cute. The jar is white in color and has a black colored cap. This is a award winning cream that has been applauded for its effective results. It is formulated with lactic acid and a gentle alpha hydroxy acid that helps in the elimination of dead cells while improving the health if the skin. The packaging and the name of the product are really impressive. It improves skin texture and has antioxidant properties that rejuvenate your skin and provides the instant glow. It also helps in decreasing pores and pimples.

Daily Moisturizer


  • Little bit goes a long way
  • Lightweight
  • Great for cold months when skin tends to become flaky and dry.
  • Great exfoliator
  • Silky soft for the skin and not oily at all.
  • Cost-effective
  • Lasts too long
  • Makes the skin glow.
  • Goof for all types of skin whether combination/normal/oily


iThough the product is good for winters but the unpleasant odor is a huge turn off for several people. If you are someone who suffers from really flaky and dry skin during the winters then this product can be the best pick for its cost-effective price range. Apart from that, there is nothing much to doubt about this product.

4. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

Talking about this product I would say the bottle is very convenient to use. It is more or less like a soap dispenser and can easily be used. It is dermatologically tested and recommended by many of them as it is manufactured under expert dermatologists.

Face and Body Moisturizer for Dry Skin


  • No fragrance (if you are someone who loves a product that doesn’t have any smell then it is a good choice.)
  • Leaves no residue and is non-greasy
  • Great rehydrating effect and keep the moisture locked in
  • Good for people with sensitive skin
  • Good value for money
  • Good for cracking and peeling skin
  • Can be used as a night cream too.


  • Expensive

Verdict: Being tested under expert dermatologists this product proves its efficiency and goodness at each step.  People with extremely dry skin or suffering from any skin problems like brown spots or something of that kind should surely go for it. It is a little bit expensive but is great value for the money.  Best suited for people with normal to oily skin.

5. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 Sunscreen

Neutrogena is known for its great range of products that it has to offer for all skin types. This product moisturizes the skin and at the same time provides healthy sun protection. This broad spectrum is the revised formula of a previously existing oil-free moisturizer.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture


  • Moisturizes with skin protection
  • Light smell and goes away after some time
  • Non-greasy
  • Works great for people with combination skin
  • Super smooth
  • Lightweight


  • Not good for people with super sensitive skin.

Verdict: It is an all in all an average product with mixed reactions. It is said that broad spectrum is the latest and new advanced technology but the older formula proved better for various people. People with sensitive skin have complained about allergic reactions while other have been searching for the old formula. I would suggest first try to prevent any allergic reactions.

6.Clinique/Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Clinique is one of the most trusted cosmetic brands that all women swear by. The brand is a bit expensive as compared to others but they have been manufacturing world-class products for a number of years. This particular moisturizer is good for dry to oily skin and best works for summers. They are allergy tested and free from any fragrance. The texture of this product is silky and penetrates easily into the skin. It is said that it increases the skin’s moisture balance by 54% thus making it last long and retaining the moisture into the skin. it is a all in all good water based face moisturizer. It can be applied twice a day for better and appreciable results.

Moisturizing Gel


  • Prevents breakouts.
  • Oil-free
  • Works great for people with oily skin
  • Lightweight works great for light summers
  • Free from parabens


  • Expensive

Verdict: This is the best cream so far that provides a balanced moisturizing effect. It can be used under makeup or providing a light moisturizing effect during summers. It is a great product for women of all ages and if you find it expensive then I feel it is good priced for its performance. This is also a famous water based moisturizer and we can’t ignore Clinique.

7. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer

Perricone is a moisturizer with antioxidant properties that prevent the skin from wrinkles and fine lines. It gives a radiant and smooth finish to the skin that makes it a good product overall. It is formulated with three anti-aging products alpha lipoic acid, DMAE and vitamin c ester and paraben free.  It is nutrients enriched and a lightweight moisturizer that gives a smoother appearance. The application o this product may give rise to some kind of tingling sensation then it is normal but in case of any irritation then please stop the use immediately.

Face Finishing Moisturizer


  • Not just moisturizer but also reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Light rose aroma that may be pleasing to some people
  • Provides firmness to the skin
  • Nongreasy look
  • Absorbs in skin
  • Texture is very smooth
  • Has powerful antioxidants
  • Free from sulphtaes, parabens and pthalates


  • Fragrance is a bit irritating
  • The effect on is just fine. If the fine line and wrinkle problem is aggravated then it may not come to a rescue
  • Overpriced
  • Too thick and oily texture. Take care while pumping it out.

Verdict: It is a good anti-aging cream that can help to reduce any wrinkles and lines. But according to me, it is way too overpriced. There are a lot many products available in the market that can offer similar result at half its price. This formula works best when clubbed with face finishing moisturizer in the night and face finishing moisturizer tint in the morning. Use a sunscreen whenever you use this moisturizer as it doesn’t come with any SPF or UV protection.

8. Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel

Boscia is known to be a cooling moisturizer that is light weighted and refines skin texture. It is loaded with activated charcoal that absorbs impurities, excess oils and reduces any types of irritation. It contains jojoba leaf extracts that helps to prevent free radical damage caused due to UV rays, dirt and pollution.  It also has glycolic acid, vitamin C that gives an instant freshness and boost to the skin.

Hydration Gel


  • Perfect balance of moisture
  • Charcoal absorbs impurities
  • Great for uneven and dull skin
  • Decrease redness
  • Does not contain parabens, sulphates and phthalates
  • Free from any type of preservatives and ethanol alcohol.
  • Clarified skin, improves the quality of the skin


  • Too expensive for the quantity
  • May react for few skin types

Verdict: It is a good pick if you are looking for something that is not very heavy and way too light. It can also help you to disappear pores and brighten up the skin.

9. Eau Thermale Avène Mattifying Fluid

Eau thermal avene mattifying liquid is another water-based moisturizer that makes to our list of best 10 water best moisturizers. It provides a mattifying effect that helps to hold on makeup even when you have super oily skin. For all the makeup lovers it is an awesome product as it gives a smooth base for the application of foundation and other makeup products.

Eau Thermale Avène Mattifying Fluid


  • Works Great under makeup
  • Lightweight
  • Good for sensitive and acne prone skin
  • Reasonable pricing
  • Minimizes greasiness
  • It is very light and doesn’t feel on the skin
  • Can be used as a primer


  • Can become too dry for some skin types
  • No SPF
  • Doesn’t offer high mattifying effect
  • Sometimes you might get unwanted sheen and shine

Verdict:  It is an average product that has nothing special to offer. The skin tends to feel greasy due to the extra fluid texture it has. The cream based moisturizer most of the times absorb quickly into the skin. This product can be balanced using some other cream and mixing it with it to balance it out.

Buying Guide for Water-based Moisturizers

Moisturizers are the most important part of any skincare routine. They form the base for makeup, sunscreen and really help to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. The problem that women often face is getting confused among the number of products available in the market. Each product claims to offer something different or comes with a newly refined version of the previous. This puts the mind into a constant ruckus of which one should I buy and how to decide that.

Things to keep in mind when you go for hunting the moisturizer:

Skin Types

We all have different skin types and accordingly one should be buying a moisturizer.  A normal skin person can go for any moisturizer that offers balance hydration to the skin. If your skin is sensitive then go for products that read hypoallergenic and are free from any harsh chemicals.

On the other hand, if your skin tends to dry out go for water-based moisturizers. There are plenty of gels, serums, and balms available on the market shelves. You need to apply them time to time to quench the thirst of your skin

Combination skin people need to determine the area of their face that tends to get oilier than the other. They can use a light moisturizer on the oilier skin areas and heavy lotions on the drier parts. This may sound a lot of work but trust me this really works.

Weather conditions

Another thing that you should take care about is the weather conditions. As we all know that different skin types behave differently in different weather. Your skin may become dry during winters while it may stay normal in other seasons.  Your skin may become oily during the summer due to excessive sweat and perspiration. You can always switch to light weighted moisturizers for summers and heavy ones for the winters.

You can always search water-based moisturizers that are oil-free , rich in SPF,  contains hydroxyl acids and glycerin. Before you invest your hard earned cash in a product let us take a look at what are the ingredients that you should be looking for when buying a water-based moisturizer for your skin.

A water-based moisturizer works best for oily skin as it is higher in water content and the oil content is too low. Most of the moisturizers are loaded with some oils to make the lotion more creamy and thick but this strategy is not applicable for people with oily skin as their skin is already high on oil content.

Water-based moisturizers are very light in nature and do not tend to clog pores and let your skin be hydrated and reduces the excessive shine in the T-zones. Apart from that they also help in curing skin breakouts and acne that are one of the major problems with people having oily skin.

  • Water, Sorbitol, and glycerin: These components attract water from the environment and keep the skin hydrated.
  • Beta hydroxy acids: These have anti-inflammatory properties and helps in exfoliation and removal of dead skin
  • Alpha hydroxy acids: They help the moisturizer to reach deeper into the skin and functions from the inside.

Always check that the there is no mineral oil, animal oil listed in the ingredients chart. This is because such products are carbon-based and are more likely to have some allergic reaction with your skin.  You can also search for silicon oil-based moisturizers and creams, as these oils are man-made and they are less likely to cause any harm to the skin.

Another category that you may find is the non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic that means that they won’t form any blackheads or whiteheads and are free from any allergic reactions respectively. There are also moisturizers available that offer UV protection and SPF. UV rays also affect our skin so if there are moisturizer that can prevent your skin damage is also a good deal.

Tinted moisturizers are another category that has taken over the market. These moisturizers provide a very light coverage while also giving moisturizing effect. It reduces the use of makeup and foundation thus it becomes pretty easy for the ones using it. It saves your time and also eliminates the need of putting foundation or any other makeup product.

Price Evaluation

We all know that cosmetics are one thing that is too expensive. If we want to buy a well branded product then it burns a hole in the pocket. But we should never ignore other products that may offer more value for money. Before you go running behind the fancy brands you can always checkout the reviews of some of the not so famous brands and you might get some good deal out there. Consult your friends or read the listed reviews of the people that will surely give you an idea of which brand you should be buying.

If big brands are your cup of tea then keep checking for some discounts and offer or package deals that may help you save some penny. This will prevent you from repenting later if you buy a product that doesn’t suit your requirements.

Some tips for people with Oily Skin

So, you are in the cosmetic store or surfing the Internet and have finalized a product that you are planning to buy.  But before you finally use it on your face do a patch test. If you face any kind of redness, irritation then immediately stops its use. All skin behave differently and it might happen that a friend of your might be satisfied with a particular brand and she has got some appreciable results but it may not be the same for you too. Always do thorough research on the ingredients and see if it doesn’t contain anything that you are allergic or take extra caution if you have sensitive skin.


Oily skin people can really get some good benefits using water-based moisturizers. It will not only reduce the oiliness from the skin but also help in skin breakouts, pimples, blemishes, and acne. Water-based moisturizers have a lot to offer than just hydration. You should always select a moisturizer that fits perfectly in your pack. If you are someone who wants a little makeup coverage then tinted moisturizers are the one for you. If you want to let your skin be rehydrated while you have your good night sleep then water based moisturizer loaded with night cream benefits should be the one to go for.

The choices are immense you just need to choose the one that can do justice to your skin needs and requirements.