The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Ever wanted to skip the water in your daily skincare routine? Products such as Bioderma Crealine and Garnier Micellar Water have made this temporarily possible, especially if you don’t feel like turning on the ice-cold tap first thing in the morning or late at night. So, what’s it like to cut out water altogether?

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How it works:

The waterless skincare routine is widely popular in Korea since it cuts out the ingredient of water in most creams and toners. Water isn’t exactly a bad thing, but it does make most formulas feel runny and muddy – not a good characteristic, especially if you’re spending money on high-end skincare.

Waterless skincare products are more concentrated and contain pure botanical extracts at their foundation. They also might be on the costly side, especially if you’re looking towards evening creams, peptides and toners.

If you’re curious about waterless skincare, incorporate a few of the following products into your routine – they are also on the cost-friendly side!


While essence isn’t as popular in the UK or USA as it is in Korea, this trend is quickly catching on and is effective on all skin types. The role of essence is to prep the skin before applying serums, toners and moisturisers. Apply a few drops on a cotton pad and spread it evenly across the forehead, cheeks and chin.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, $12.90


Similar to essence, toners are actually more astringent and assist the skin in absorbing serums and moisturisers. Apply them in the same way you would use an essence to make the skin shine from the inside out. If you’re prone to acne or scarring, toners aren’t recommended since they can cause irritation.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Innoxa Super Sensitive Shone Control Oil Free Toner, $14.95


Have you even realised that your moisturiser feels runny and watery? Look for a formula that skips the added water and is purely concentrated. Most water-based moisturisers are actually better for sensitive skin types since they don’t interfere with the average pH levels of the skin. A little goes a long way, and a small, pea-sized amount of product is enough for both the face and neck.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Creme, $35