Summer serum: Lightweight hydration

It’s summer already. It’s pretty easy for skin to be parched under the sun, but the last thing I want to do in this stuffy weather is to smear some thick and greasy stuff on my face. What do you do? Try a lightweight hydrating serum under your moisturizer, mixed with your moisturizer, or as moisturizer depending on your skin type. I did a post about hydrating serum before for the winter, but I want something a bit more lightweight for the summer.


The three serums I’ve got my eyes are Kate Somerville Quench Oil-free, Fresh Rose and Tatcha Overnight. I originally meant to try Kate Somerville Quench (not oil-free version), but it feels like an oil gel and is more for dry skin so I decided to ask for a sample of the oil-free version instead, which feels more like a gel serum.

Kate Somerville Quench Oil-Free Hydrating Face Serum

Description: The lightweight, water-based formula is a cutting-edge solution designed to pull moisture in deep and lock it in, while helping to balance sebum production. Dynamic Moisture Complex is formulated to deliver intense hydration and helps support the body’s ability to retain moisture. Matrixyl Synthe 6, a powerful wrinkle-diminishing Peptide, is designed to reduce the appearance of expression lines. Chronoline is intended to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Glycerin, Propanediol, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Algae Extract, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Soy Amino Acids, Yeast Extract/Faex/Extrait de levure, Glutamine, Glutamic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dextran, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

My Take: It is scentless white gel serum that feels refreshing on the skin. It absorbs fine and works well under moisturizer, keeping the skin hydrated and smooth. However, this serum does leave a bit of protective layer/residue and feels very similar to Murad hydro-dynamic essence, which I prefer a little more.

Fresh Rose Hydrating Face Serum

Description: Rose Hydrating Face Serum instantly hydrates and boosts radiance to restore a youthful appearance to all skin types. It is scientifically proven to provide significant moisture and protect the skin from free radical damage. The lightweight blend is enriched with moisturizing and age-defying ingredients that absorb quickly for instant, long-lasting results. Rosewater helps to soothe and rose flower oil helps to nourish, while invigorating golden root extract provides superior antioxidant protection. The formula is further enhanced with hibiscus flower acids to help boost radiance; evening primrose extract to help protect against future damage; hydropatches to form a protective moisturizing veil to attract and retain moisture; and cucumber extract to help calm and cool the skin.s1788389-main-zoomIngredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Rhodiola Crenulata Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Silica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Menthoxypropanediol, Disodium Edta, Tetrasodium Edta, Algin, Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Diacetyl Boldine, Maltodextrin, Serine, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol, Geraniol.

My Take: It is a white lightweight gel serum that smells faintly of roses, like the Fresh Rose Mask. It feels cool on the skin, as if my skin is drinking it in. It provide a lovely dose of hydration, but nothing that justifies it over Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, which makes my skin feel more velvety.

Tatcha Luminous Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate

DescriptionThis ultra-concentrated formula of red algae, from the mineral-rich waters of Okinawa, deeply hydrates skin. Seven rich botanical extracts—squalane from olive fruit, green tea, wild thyme, ginseng root, licorice root, sweet marjoram, and jujube fruit—work to improve skin clarity, texture, and tone to reveal replenished, dewy skin by morning. HADASEI-3™, Tatcha’s proprietary antiaging blend of green tea, rice bran, and red algae, restore and protect youthful radiance. The replenishing extracts are firm to the touch, but dissolve luxuriously into the skin for a smooth, sensuous application.965ce011f1f944b84a7fa10fb3d581a57f205810-overnight-memory-serum-concentrateIngredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethylhexanoin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sericin (Silk Extract), Inositol (Rice Extract), Glyceryl Stearatese, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Ppg-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Trideceth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Peg-240/Hdi Copolymer Bisdecyltetradeceth- 20 Ether, Butylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

My Take: They say it’s like a concentrated version of the Tatcha Facial Mist and its about right. It’s a white liquidy jelly that melt onto your skin, but it feels just a tad greasy on me, like if I spritzed the mist on my face 20 times. It would be great for dry skin but a bit too rich for my combination skin in the summer.

Overall these serums are great for dry or combination skin in the winter. I need something weightless I can layer under my moisturizer, and these are not quite what I’m looking for. If you have oily/combination skin and is thinking of using hydrating serum instead of moisturizers, then these would work great. Cheers!


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