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

Cult Favorite: Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser

I’m late into the YTTP train but I’m going to talk about their products anyway. And, yes, like many others who came before me, this post is a profession of love.

I know a lot of people love the Superfood Cleanser ($36) but most of the review I’ve read came from those with dry skin so I was really curious as to how this would work on my oily skin. Well, I love it. It uses kale, spinach, green tea, and alfalfa, to gently cleanse and soothe the skin while providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

First off, it smells so fresh. Feels like it too. It’s like a sweet and joyous good morning greeting to the skin. It has a gel texture but is a little lighter and more watery than the usual gel cleansers I have come across with. It also lathers, which I like. It feels gentle and doesn’t leave a film. It’s just right, honestly.

My first foray into Youth to the People and I’m in love. They are simple, effective, and nice to look at. They are also cruelty-free and vegan.

The Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser was provided by @youthtothepeople. Available at youthtothepeople.com

Brand Overview: Rooki Beauty

Using superfoods and japanese extraction techniques and modern delivery systems, Rooki Beauty capitalizes on fruits and veggies’ antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients on their skincare products that promise glowing and healthy skin. Their products are also cruelty-free and are made without artificial fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, phthalates, PEGs, and coal tire dyes.

The Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops (₱2,239/$44) aims to remove dirt and impurities while nourishing the skin using honey, chia seeds, uji matcha, cape jasmine fruit, and lactic acid. A little, and I mean a small dot, can go so far with this. I once dispensed a penny-sized amount and it foamed so much. I didn’t mind, though, because it made my face feel like it’s in inside a cloud. It rinses easily and left my skin feeling deeply cleansed and smooth without the filmy residue. I like this on my oily skin.

A moisturizing mask, the Green Pulp Paste Masque (₱2,429/$47) uses the brand’s Green Pulp Paste™, a blend of plant complexes (carrots, tomatoes, matcha, kale, and soybeans) to fight free radicals for a brighter and plumper skin. It looks like a green gel right out of the tube but applies white on the skin. Because of the creamy texture, I like applying this with my fingers. It feels warm on the skin, not tightening at all. I let it stay on my face for about 10 minutes and noticed that it somehow sinks into my skin and dries clear while still feeling creamy. It so easy to rinse, only a couple of splashes will do to completely remove it. It leaves my face feel so soft and balanced. This is my favorite product out of the bunch and I have already incorporated it in my weekly mask collection. I use this in the middle of the week to help balance my skin to keep it from looking dull.

The Superfood Saviour Crème (₱2,999/$58) uses kale, lingonberries, and chia seeds together with their 3-in-1 moisture system (hyaluronic acid, squalene, and coq10) to regenerate, firm, and moisturize the skin. Its consistency is heavier than most of the moisturizers I usually go for, denser too. It has some weight to it and has a slight rubbery grip to the skin. It dries well but leaves a bit of a tacky finish. It leaves the skin looking plump and feeling bouncy though. For my oily skin, this is best used at night. I usually reach for this when I am doing a short routine or when I’m having a good skin day and just want to pack on antioxidants.

New brands are tricky – I’m excited to try them but of course, there can be repercussions. I am pleasantly surprised with how Rooki Beauty’s products, especially the Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops and Green Pulp Paste Masque, worked so well with my skin and have provided me with balanced and healthy-looking skin. Honestly, glad to get the opportunity to try their first batch of products and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

The Rooki Beauty Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops, Green Pulp Paste Masque, and Superfood Saviour Crème were provided by @rookibeauty. Available at rookibeauty.co