Water-Based Serums

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Water-based serums 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.

$70.00

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

$61.00

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.

$78.00

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

$84.00

I absolutely love the smell, it’s water based with no alcohol in the ingredients so I’m very happy! ...I’ve used water based serums and toners that smoothed the skin but requires moisturizer after it because it’s now enough.

What it is: An oil-infused liquid serum formulated to deliver nourishment & 24-hour deep hydration for dewy skin that’s plumped with moisture.


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture


Formulation: Lightweight Oil


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Plant-Derived Squalane: Protects skin and prevents moisture loss.

- Water Phase: Helps to soothe, calm and hydrate.

- Oil Phase: Nourishes and softens.


Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates.

$236.00

I usually lean towards water based face cream versus serums but this one won me over...The product feels light , water based and has a very light fragrance perfect for sensitive skin and scent allergies.

What it is: A two-in-one formula with 21 potent plant extracts, including turmeric, for visibly smoother, firmer, more radiant skin—now in a luxury size.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Uneven Texture

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Turmeric: Addresses signs of skin aging.
- Banana, Teasel, Myrothamnus, and Oat: Visibly firm and lift skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Avocado, Mary's Thistle, Mango, and Kiwi: Soften and nourish skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and sulfates SLS & SLES. It also comes in recyclable packaging.

$19.60

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.

$98.00

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.

$101.00

I’m OBSESSED with this serum. It makes my skin look absolutely flawless. ...I am already a big fan of this brand so I was so excited to try this dermafusion fill + repair serum. The product is a water based serum so it is perfect for my combination skin.

What it is: An alternative to injectable filler that visibly fills lines, plumps, and firms skin while restoring skin’s moisture barrier function for a more youthful complexion. 

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

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

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 4 Weights of Hyaluronic Acid: Penetrates the skin at different levels to create a 3D-plumped effect and fill the look of fine lines.
- 4 Peptide Proteins: Visibly adds volume and firms skin.
- Niacinamide and Ectoin: Reduces redness and support the skin barrier.

What Else You Need to Know: This doctor-formulated br

$108.00

I would highly recommend this product. Also it is water based....The pumper thingy is not easy use, it doesn't get enough product in there, that's the only thing I didn't like but the serum feels amazing on the skin. I the serum is very water based and spreads well across the skin and is very hydrating.

What it is: An anti-aging serum that powers skin to resist and diminish signs of aging for reduced visible wrinkles, smoother texture, and increased bounce.


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


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


Formulation: Liquid


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Refines the look of pores and improves visible radiance.

- 5kDA Hyaluronic Acid: Intensely hydrates and minimizes the look of lines and wrinkles.

- Ceramide III: Strengthens the moisture barrier and prevents dehydrated skin.

$40.00

makes good illuminating base...The serum has a good consistency, spreads easily and absorbs well. it makes a good base for the makeup. ...Doesn’t pile and blends well with my cream and gel based moisturizers

What it is: A hydrating, illuminating, and priming face serum with a sheer golden tint that complements all skin tones.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness and Dullness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Niacinamide: Helps brighten and balance the look of skin.
- Rose Water: Helps replenish dry, dull skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Developed in partnership with a board-certified dermatologist, this hydrating, priming, and illuminating serum is infused with niacinamide and rose water.

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