Water-Based Serums

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Water-based serums are a great alternative to their oil-based counterparts. They are easy to use, and they don't leave a greasy residue. They are also ideal for people with sensitive skin. Here are some of the best water-based serums on the market today.


Caudalie and Topbox Circle gifted me this Vinosource-Hydra S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum to test and review. This is a nice, lightweight serum that is water-based, and immediately absorbs into my skin without feeling sticky or tacky. ...It's an lightweight, water-based serum provides antioxidant hydration all day long.

What it is: An oil-free hydrating serum packed with hyaluronic acid to moisturize and soothe any skin type. Ideal for sensitive skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Redness, and Uneven Texture

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Organic Grape Water: Moisturizes and soothes dry, sensitive skin, and nourishes skin’s microbiome.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Intensely moisturizes.
- Polyphenols: Antioxidants.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This lightweight water-based serum provides antioxidant hydration all day long.

LANEIGEWater Bank Blue Hyaluronic Serum

Size: 1.6 fl. oz. / 50 mL·ITEM: 2569796

373 Reviews


Best serum I have tried...I received this product as a sample from topbox and I was absolutely amazed by the product packaging. The serum is water based and very light on skin and texture is very smooth. ...Water bank...I really liked this serum. I liked that it was water based and I also have the moisturizer and they are real good for the skin.

What it is: A juicy serum that intensely hydrates for a smooth, supple complexion and is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and suitable for sensitive skin.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Blue Hyaluronic Acid: Delivers effective, long-lasting hydration.
- Peptides: Help improve the look of skin firmness.
- Green Tea Enzyme (Lactobacillus ferment lysate): Gently exfoliates for smoother-looking skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar.


I traditionally never really had good experiences with any gel-like products before (I like water-based things that feel like my skin is drinking it up) and boyyyy did my skin drink this up. ...One of the best serums I’ve ever used. I love water based serums because they balance my skin without turning me into an oil slick.

What it is: A serum with silver ear, hyaluronic acid, and reishi that locks in hydration and helps protect from accelerated aging for plumped up skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Formulation: Lightweight Serum


my face looks super healthy and bright. I use it after my water based serums...I have been looking for a water-based serum of Vitamin C since I hate the feeling of sticky and oily on my face and this is such a perfect one for me.

What it is: A highly-stable, water-soluble vitamin C derivative that has been shown to offer enhanced skin-brightening benefits.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots and Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Formulation: Lightweight Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ascorbyl Glucoside: Offers enhanced brightening benefits.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.


Water moisturized...Very smooth and easy to apply did not leave my skin feeling dry or stiff went on smoothly and my skin felt clean and smooth, Serum was very compatible to my skin adding much needed moisture during this really cold and moisture robbing season we are going thru right now .There was no greasy after feel as this is water based so no break out from bad oils. ...I must have gotten a good sample because it had no scent and did not pill when used with other water based products. Won’t be purchasing a full size due to the clearly unreliable supply!

What it is: A hydrating serum with a 75 percent Hyaluronic Acid Complex to help plump the look of skin with moisture for a dewy, youthful-, healthy-looking glow.

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dryness, and Dullness

Formulation: Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- HydraFence™ 3%: Provides up to 120 hours of enhanced hydration.
- Hyaluronic Acid Complex 75%: Drenches skin with moisture for a plumper look.
- Ceramide Complex 5%: Helps improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.


The serum is easily absorbed and it makes a way for the water cream. ...The serum looks like milk and it’s a creamy texture.

What it is: A lightweight serum powered by AquaPort Technology that delivers dual-weight hyaluronic acid faster and deeper into skin for instant, long-lasting hydration.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

Formulation: Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
- AquaPort Technology: Transports hydration faster and deeper into the skin​.
- Rosemary Peptide Complex: Fights skin fatigue and accelerates natural recovery to help skin bounce back.
- Blue Light-Activated Algae Extract: Combats digital aging by improving the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehyde

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