If you are looking for something to help keep your face moisturized then look no further! Laneige’s Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer is honesty pretty good. Moisturizer are an essential part of everybody’s skincare routine and therefore I decided to write a review on what I thought about this product.
Laneige is a South Korean cosmetic company that makes skincare products that emphasizes on hydration. Their Water Bank skincare line is probably one of their most popular products. This collection includes toner, serum, cream moisturizer, gel moisturizer and eye cream. The main focus of this line is to give your skin ample hydration. I personally like to use their cream moisturizer in my skincare routine to help give me a nice dewy face.
Blue Hyaluronic Acid
Blue hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that is proprietary to Laneige. It is stated to be the newer and next generation of hyaluronic acid. They took the regular hyaluronic acid and double fermented it with Fucoidan (moisturizing agent derived from sea algae). This was then put through micro-filtration and refined. This lead to smaller molecules of hyaluronic acid that can be absorbed better and faster.
Blue hyaluronic acid was developed after 38 years of research and is considered to be innovative with “compound functions that ensure moisturization and skin moisture barrier improvement.” It is 2,000 times smaller than the regular hyaluronic acid and offers 300% stronger recovery power. Therefore, it is much more effective in helping to improve your dry and compromised moisture barrier.
Hyaluronic acid is the main component that gives your skin structure and is important to helping you maintain a plump and hydrated look. It is a humectant and therefore can attract water molecules on your skin to help keep it hydrated. It also helps decrease the rate of water evaporation on your skin.
Squalane is a moisturizer that has the ability to mimic your natural skin oils. This makes it a great emollient as they help lock in moisture into your skin and reduce your dry patches. In addition, it is also an antioxidant.
While it is a great skin moisturizer ingredient, it is also antioxidant. This means that over time, it squalane can help reduce UV damage, reduce scars, correct skin pigmentation and fight free radicals. The antioxidant from squalene can also help protect your skin’s oil from lipid peroxidation. This is when your skin is damaged in both the surface and deeper levels where oil is produced. It is believed that this is one cause of acne.
Ceramides are lipids that are considered a class of fatty acids. They help your skin create a barrier to lock in moisture and protect your skin surface from environmental damage. Think of them as the shield to your skin. It keeps the good stuff in and the bad stuff out.
Aging and the sun reduces the natural ceramides in your skin over time. This is why ceramides in skincare can help restore that has been reduced. Regular use of skincare products with ceramides can help give your skin a more plump, smoother and firmer skin with less visible signs of aging.
How to use
This Water Bank Cream can be used in both AM and PM. This would be my go to cream for hydration and therefore I generally do use it twice a day.
In the morning, I would rinse my face with a gentle cleanser. Afterwards, if I remember or have time, I would use a toner (optional) and then I would apply the Water Bank Cream on my face.
At night, my skincare routine is generally slightly more complicated. Regardless, I would always start with cleansing my skin to get rid of all the dirty and grime I get throughout the day. Then I would use toner if I remember. Afterwards, I would apply my serums and then wait a while (10 minutes etc) to apply the Water Bank Cream. If you use any facial oils, you should always apply face oils last as it is the thickest and can prevent other products from being absorbed.
As you can see, in both routines, I use the Water Bank Cream at the end. I like to use moisturizer to help seal in everything I used before. This is especially the case for serums as moisturizers are great to help sealing in serums and make them more efficient.
I quite like this cream moisturizer. It is very smooth and glides on very well onto my face. Once I applied it on my face, I would rub it gently in and let it penetrate and absorb into my face. It was easily absorbed and I felt like my face was more hydrated and the skin felt softer after a few days of usage.
The Water Bank Cream feels pretty densely packed, I didn’t really need a lot of the cream to spread it completely all over my face. I have a relatively sensitive face, I would sometimes get red or breakout from certain skincare products and this cream did not cause any issues for me. As always, if you are unsure about whether it would negatively affect your skin, you should do a patch test or contact a dermatologist before using the product.
The cream has fragrance, it smells nice and not too strong when applied onto your face. Their newer version of the cream as a slightly more sticky consistency, but it isn’t too strong and does not feel oily at all when applied.
It is lightweight enough to even use twice a day. It does keep my skin feeling quite hydrated and smooth to touch. For those of you who have oily skin, you might want to stick to using it only once a day as too much might not be a good idea.
I would recommend the Water Bank Cream to almost everybody. It’s great on those with dry or normal skin types. This cream is lightweight enough to work well for those with oily skin, but I would always test it out first.
This cream is good enough to be in my collection of skincare products to regularly use. I love how the cream felt on my skin and I absolutely love how my face felt after the cream was applied. When applied at night, I could still feel the smoothness on my skin the next day.
It was able to give my skin a nice nourishing that I need without being too strong and clogging my pores. If your face is dry or you want to go for that dewy glow face look, I would recommend this product for you to use.
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