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Water is one of this summer’s most popular ingredients, as product formulators create ever more ingenuous ways to deliver a healthy boost of moisturization to the skin. Says dermatologist and president of Amarte, Craig Kraffert, “Water is — by definition — the only substance that hydrates skin.” To that end, the products in Amarte’s new Aqua line contain from 75 to 90 percent water. “Improvements in formulation have allowed for higher water content moisturizers,” said Kraffert. “These provide more hydration than even heavier, oilier products could in the past.”
THE FINE PRINT:
Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey, L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme
This mixes lychee, guava and vanilla, while the men’s fuses kiwi, nutmeg and vetiver.
$74, $66, Macy’s
Dr Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster
This hydrating serum can be used alone in targeted zones or mixed with other products.
By Terry Tea to Tan Water Color Bronzer
Water, amber prisms and black and red tea fight free radicals while illuminating skin with a bronze glow.
$58, Space NK
The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
Packed with microscopic moisture spheres, this is said to deliver 24 hours of moisturization.
$20, The Body Shop
Sephora Liquid Moisturizing Skin Concentrate
Described as a serum mixed with the lightness of water, this helps to boost hydration to leave skin luminous.
Laneige Water Bank Serum
Mineral water, a mix of magnesium, manganese and zinc promotes cell turnover for soft and supple skin.
Amarte Aqua Lotion
This ultralight cream smooths and brightens dehydrated skin.
$75, New London Pharmacy
Pixi H2O Skintint
To even out skin tone, Pixi’s water-based tinted face gel contains green tea, rose water, English chamomile and lavender.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water Lotion Sunscreen with Cell-OX-Shield XL
This gel-like texture is designed to absorb quickly into skin.
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick, Bronzing Powder, Nail Lacquer
Inspired by the aquatic, this collection features water droplets on the outer packaging.
$17.50, $27.50, $17.50, MAC stores