Waterless skincare or water-free beauty is a trend on the rise. Not only are brands such as L'Oréal pledging to reduce their water consumption in the production and ingredient lists in their products, consumers are also becoming way more savvy too.
Going waterless might be an easy way to make your skincare routine greener, but there's a lot more to this trend than having a postitive impact on the environment. A lot of renowned dermatologists agree that water-free beauty can decrease the need for stabilisers and additives, which are used to keep products bacteria-free (as water can encourage bacteria growth).
Now, we're not saying to banish those mists, essences and micellar waters. For hydration-purposes, they're essential and we love them. But for those of you with active skin concerns such as acne and rosacea, waterless skincare allows more potent ingredients to be included in the formulation to treat targeted issues.
Which are the best waterless skincare products?
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension Cream
The Ordinary's Vitamin C Suspension Cream is a waterless formula that helps to brighten and repair dulling and damaged skin.
Containing a base of 30% of Vitamin C in its purest form, and also most-stable due to the lack of water, the lightweight serum reduces the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation and discolouration.
This product is also cruelty-free, suitable for vegans and contains no alcohol, oil, nuts or gluten.
Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Repair
This waterless moisturiser from Dermalogica targets areas of redness, irritation and sensitivity thanks to its super soothing complex.
Although it's free from water, it intensely hydrates and leaves the skin feeling comfortable and soft.
The fragrance-free formula contains an exclusive anti-ozonate complex, which shield against pollutant particles, alongside evening primrose oil and Vitamin C to brighten and keep the skin smooth and glowing.
If you love a simple skincare routine, this also acts as a great makeup primer thanks to its silicone-texture, which will help to keep foundation in place.
STARSKIN Lifting Lace Sculpting Face Mask
If you're travelling and in need of a hydrating face mask without the liquid element, you will love STARSKIN's Lifting Face Sculpting Face Mask.
Drenched in a unique waterless serum, the face mask is specially formulated for those concerned with skin ageing such as fine lines, sagging and wrinkles, as it helps to improve elasticity and tighten.
For those worried about sensitivity, don't. The face mask is free from common chemical nasties that could cause irritation such as parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, silicone and alcohol.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is both water-free and packed with lots of wonderful skincare ingredients to rejuvenate and revive dulling complexions.
The oil itself is beautifully orange thanks to its blend of pure rosehip oil, which contains countless omegas and antioxidants to keep the skin healthy.
Rosehip is great for all skin types, but works especially well on dehydrated and blemish-prone skin as it helps to nourish without clogging pores. Expect a beautifully radiant and glowing complexion.