Hydra Genius: Not Your Mother’s Moisturizer
While our mothers—and grandmothers alike—may have reached for cold creams and jellies to hydrate their dry skin, these days we have more innovative options to choose from. Our latest choice? L’Oréal Paris’ Hydra Genius—three lightweight, long-lasting water-based hydrators that are personalized to your skin’s specific needs. We were lucky enough to get our hands on complimentary samples of all three of the new Hydra Genius moisturizers to try and review. Find out what we thought of each of the water-based Hydra Genius formulas below!
Hyaluronic Acid + Aloe Water = A Match Made in Moisturizing Heaven
While each of the three moisturizing formulas differs slightly in order to meet the needs of three unique skin types, what they all have in common is a base formula of aloe water and hyaluronic acid.
We predicted aloe water would start to make waves in the skin care world and we’re thrilled to see we were right! Like aloe vera gel, aloe water—or the clear, liquid juice from the aloe plant—features cooling, refreshing, and hydrating benefits for the skin. It’s lightweight and can help to hydrate the skin without weighing it down, much like another hydration powerhouse we all know and love: hyaluronic acid!
Hyaluronic acid is a potent humectant that holds up 1000 times its weight in water. When bound to water it can take on a gel-like texture making it a great go-to for every skin type, including oily, combination, and sensitive. The new Hydra Genius moisturizers are all formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid and offer oily, dry, and extra dry skin a burst of lightweight, long-lasting hydration
If your skin is normal or skews slightly dry, Hydra Genius Glow is for you. Formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, the moisturizer glides onto skin and quickly absorbs. We loved how the water-based moisturizer felt like a literal wave of hydration upon contact, quenching our dry skin and locking in that moisture all day long. Since a lack of moisture can cause the skin to appear dull and lifeless, we were thrilled to see our skin appear more radiant and refreshed after use.
Since it’s the wintertime, many of us are experiencing skin that’s more parched than usual. If this is the story of your skin—or if you have mature skin in need of extra moisture—reach for Hydra Genius Comfort. While most moisturizers for extra dry skin are heavy and thick, we loved that this water-based moisturizer was lightweight and fast-absorbing. The formula glides onto skin and envelops it in long-lasting moisture, leaving it feeling comforted and looking healthy all day.
Think oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer? Think again! Every skin type requires twice daily hydration, including oily skin. If you skip out on this important skin care step it can cause your skin’s sebaceous glands to overcompensate by producing excess oil. Thankfully, lightweight water-based moisturizers like Hydra Genius Matte are a great option for oily skin, by giving it the hydration it needs without that heavy, greasy feeling. What our oily skinned reviewer loved about this moisturizer was its lightweight feel and its mattified finish. The moisturizer provided our editor with long-lasting hydration while also keeping excess sebum in check for a fresh, beautiful-looking complexion.
A Water-Based Routine
No matter which formula you try, remember to always moisturize after cleansing first. There’s no moisturizer in the world that can be truly effective if layered over skin that’s bogged down with dirt, oil, and other impurities. For a truly water-based routine, pair your water-based Hydra Genius moisturizer with L’Oréal Paris’ new micellar water no-rinse cleansing solutions! We share more about these new drugstore micellar waters here!