Skincare Review: Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Bank Hydro Gel

I’ve said this many times over but I have a special spot for Laneige. It’s one of the first brands I tried when I got into skincare and I still have the Water Sleeping Mask in my stash even until now. What I like about the brand is how they use water to address skin concerns like the hydro ionized mineral water that promises to offer deep absorption and moisture. They used the hydro ionized mineral water and released these last year.

The Water Bank Hydro Essence aims to drench skin in moisture and help to prevent water loss using seaweed, kale, watercress, and beet along with green mineral water. I love how luxurious this feels on the skin. It’s thicker than other essences; it actually feels like a serum and applies like silk on the skin. This is very hydrating and soothing, especially on cold nights. I like using this before applying a moisturizer as it plumps the skin without the greasy or sticky feeling.

Under the Water Bank series, they have two kinds of moisturizers. The Water Bank Moisture Cream is for normal to dry skin types and it promises to provide skin-deep hydration and strengthen the moisture barrier using green mineral water, brussel sprouts, artichokes, and lima beans soaked in seawater. This is thick but it doesn’t feel clogging. This is what I used when I was on vacation because it hydrated my skin in -4 degree weather.

The Water Bank Hydro Gel, on the other hand, is for oily skin types and works to provide lightweight and cooling hydration using green mineral water, kale, watercress, and beet soaked in seawater. Similar to the Water Bank Hydro Essence, this leaves a silky feeling to the skin. It feels like a creamier version of the Water Sleeping Mask but not as matte as it dries. This plumps and hydrates my skin and is great when applied before the Water Sleeping Mask for additional hydration.

I like to use the Water Bank Hydro Essence and Water Bank Hydro Gel on days when I focus on hydration. This used together with the Water Sleeping Mask they provide hydrated, silky, and plump-looking skin along with the signature Laneige smell that I always enjoy.

The Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Bank Hydro Gel were provided by @laneigeus. Available at us.laneige.com

Brand Overview: La Gaia Unedited

I have tried a lot of skincare products but I have never heard of products using stones and gems. La Gaia Unedited uses them together with vitamins and peptides.

The Macadamia Exfoliate uses Australian ground macadamia bamboo, chamomile, and vitamin e to refine, polish, smooth, and restore moisture levels of the face and body. This felt really cleansing and it was able to offer instant softening to the skin. The thick cream needs thorough rinsing, though. I like using this as a body exfoliator every weekend.

Their Vitamin C serum promises what other vitamin c serums do. It was light on the face and I didn’t have any problem using it. I used it after cleansing and I didn’t feel the need to use moisturizers because it was enough to keep my face feel soft and hydrated. I also liked its texture! The brightening part, though, took a bit of time compared to the other serums I’ve used.

The Amethyst Cream uses amethyst quartz for its healing and regenerative benefits. The cream also has plant essences, seaweed extracts, butters, and bioactive ingredients to replenish moisture loss, reduce surface pigmentation, and restore radiance and luminosity to the skin. This helps moisturize and soften the skin. It’s perfect for the colder months because it’s thick and hydrating.

Using poly-glutamic acid and copper minerals to rebuild the skin’s pH protective barrier and repair deep dermal damage, the Copper Infuse Gel is soothing to the skin especially after exfoliating and waxing.

The La Gaia Unedited products were provided by @lagaiaunedited. Available at lagaia.com.au