In addition to the harsh environmental conditions we subject our skin to, our skin is prone to moisture loss and dryness as Asian women naturally have a weaker skin barrier compared to their Western counterparts (based on studies published in the Journal of Dermatological Science).
That is why it is extremely important to deeply moisturise our skin from within. One of the best (and quickest) ways to keep dry flaky skin at bay is to moisturise, day in and day out, with lotions, essences, sheet masks and facial mists.
While you can grab any old formula off the rack and hope for the best, an even better option is to check out our list of tried-and-tested hydrating skincare that won the seal of approval of the panel of esteemed judges of the 2019 Her World Beauty Awards as well as readers who casted their votes.
Here are the best hydrating products tested for Her World Beauty Awards that will nourish the skin and leave the skin looking plump, firm and supple. In this list, we’ve also included products that will work for those with oily skin.
This makes light of even the toughest makeup (the waterproof, budge-proof stuff).
It rinses off easily, and your skin feels comfortable after that.
The soft foam is ultra-gentle even on dry skin and leaves it feeling fresh and clean. We love how it
washes off easily.
Skin feels very clean after washing with this richly lathering foaming cleanser, and your complexion looks brighter too.
Effectively tones and balances skin after cleansing so it feels soft, hydrated, and ready to absorb your serum and moisturiser.
Soak a cotton pad with this cleansing water, press on for
a couple of seconds, and all traces of makeup just glide off easily. The skin feels suppler too.
Does a good job of taking off base makeup and truly excels in taking off waterproof mascara – even the thick, goopy, heavy type.
Although it is a watery serum, it glides on nicely and hydrates well. The bonus: It also
de-puffs the eye area and tackles dark circles.
Besides moisturising immediately, this makes the skin in the eye area feel silky. It also brightens rings around the eyes.
Two pumps are really all you need to clean the entire face. All makeup – from base to mascara and lip wear – just melts off, so skin feels fresh and clean.
Extremely gentle and hydrating, this will never strip your skin of its natural oils, and it
removes makeup with minimal effort.
For at least two days after using this mask, skin continues to feel dewy and supple, and has that youthful “bounciness”.
This is an overnight mask, which saves you the hassle of removing it or washing it off. Skin feels soothed and very moisturised.
This rich cream takes a while to massage in, but it really replenishes moisture and instantly calms irritated or sensitive skin too.
If you’re looking for a rich, skin quenching moisturiser, this is it. It’s even suitable for cold climates and infuses skin with intensive moisture that lasts throughout the day.
Let the mask sit on your skin for at least 10 minutes and you’ll have a plumper, more dewy complexion, great for makeup.
Say hello to long-lasting hydration. This mask has soya extracts to give skin an intense dose of moisture and make it feel soft and smooth.
We love its skin-energising benefits, which make your complexion look more radiant and revived.
Shields skin from moisture-sapping airconditioning so it remains supple and moisturised. The SPF is a plus point too.
Great for giving a deep cleanse without drying skin out, thanks to micellar technology which effectively dissolves makeup without any
The lather spreads onto skin like whipped cream. When you rinse it off, your skin feels slightly squeaky-clean, but without any tightness.
Really lives up to its promise of longlasting hydration. When applied on dry skin, it negates the need to regularly spritz on a hydrating face mist as skin feels comfortable and moisturised all day.
Skin irritation and dryness are eliminated as soon as this serum is applied, thanks to its antioxidant ingredients. As
it evens and smooths skin, it’s also a great makeup base.
Won’t irritate sensitive skin, thanks to its gentle, soap-free formula. It rinses off to reveal a soft, perfectly balanced complexion.
This thick mask is soaked in a powerful hydrating essence that leaves skin plump and supple. The effect lasts for days.
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Not only is this mask great at plumping skin with moisture, it soothes redness, refines texture and smooths fine lines too.
The subtle, calming ginseng scent is a great pick-me-up and the mist is very fine, so it won’t mess up your makeup. It refreshes the skin.
If your complexion is parched, spray this on and feel your skin drinking it up and becoming soft and hydrated.
The cooling sensation you get on application goes perfectly with the mask’s refreshing and hydrating benefits.
This is a multi-mask – the piece for the upper part of the face offers hydration while the piece for the lower part promises to lift the cheeks and jawline.
Superb at getting rid of dry patches and the tight feeling of dehydrated skin, this spreads on like a dream and veils skin.
Extremely moisturising and calming. Skin feels fresh, without any stickiness.
Goes on watery but is exceptionally hydrating to skin. It helps the eye area look brighter too, and is a great base for eye makeup.
This softens skin and gives it that natural luminosity. It also soothes red or irritated patches.