Before I even read what the Hydra Genius was and what it did, I had already fallen in love with its packaging and decided that whatever it did, I wanted it. I then realised I probably should inform myself on what exactly it was before buying it,( the responsible me eventually  took over), so I decided to look into it and understand if it was something that I could make good use of. So, of course, I purchased it, which is why I’m  here today to review the L’Oréal Hydra Genius- Aloe Water Liquid care.
I purchased the Hydra Genius(buy here) from Superdrug for £6.65 (I believe it’s on sale now and was previously £9.99). I couldn’t’ find it on Boots’ website at the time and was not looking to pay any delivery costs for something I could easily purchase myself by hitting the store, which is what I did. 
The Hydra Genius is a  moisturiser, which is inspired by Asian skin care and is aimed to give you an instant hydration resulting in fresh and glowy skinThere are three ranges for the Hydra Genius Aloe Water, depending on one’s skin type: Dry to Sensitive Skin, Normal to Combination skin and Normal to Dry skin.
If you’ve read any of my previous beauty posts or follow me on social media, you may know I always refer to my skin type as being quite oily. However, I believe I actually have ‘combination’ skin, as my skin tends to be very oil in the T area( forehead, nose, and chin) and a bit dry around the nose and cheeks. So, of course, I went for the Normal to Combination range of the  Hydra Genius. I have only been using it for a week now, but I can already say I am quite happy with the product.
The packaging
As I previously mentioned, the packaging is beautiful, as the product comes in a long and luxury looking container. The bottle reminds me of the L’Oréal TRUE MATCH Foundation, which I also love, and find really practical. The green-blue colour of the bottle kind of recalls the waters of a sea, giving an instant sensation of freshness and cleanness (well at least to me it does…).

 “Fresh as water, Hydrating as Cream”.
The Formula. The Hydra Genius Formula is something different from any other moisturiser I have come across before. Unlike other moisturisers, the Hydra Genius Aloe Water is liquid and not creamy; as l’Oréal say: it’s fresh as Water, Hydrating as Cream.  This gives an instant sensation of freshness when applied on the face. It runs smoothly and can be easily spread on the face and neck. It is also non-greasy, which for me is an absolute must when it comes to picking the right moisturiser.

The ingredients. As the name gives away, The Hydra Genius Aloe Water contains, of course , Aloe Vera. Aloe vera is a plant which is often used in day/ night creams. Among the benefits of using Aloe vera in beauty products are: Soothing, meaning  aloe vera soothes irritated skin, inflammation caused by sunburns and also itchiness, insect bites and stings. Purifying: Aloe Vera’s enzymes  have the power of exfoliating the skin to get rid of dead skin cells; it also improves circulation, allowing our skin to breathe and regenerate. Balancing: as Aloe vera has a pH value close to that of skin, its gel rebalances our skin’s pH when the levels are out of sync. Healing: Aloe Vera boosts skin cell renewal, and leads to a quick healing of scars and  and also helps treat other minor injuries. Anti-ageing: aloe vera firming properties increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production, whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
But another important component of the Hydra Genius Aloe Water is the Hyaluronic Acid. The Hyaluronic acid is an acid that is naturally present in our skin and is a major component of the dermis. The hyaluronic acid hydrates our skin to keep it looking youthful for longer. Basically what the Hyaluronic acid does is it acts like a sponge which retains water, which is why it has the ability to hydrate our skin. The reason why young people’s skin looks so youthful is also because of the levels of Hyaluronic acid, which start to drop with age. This means our skin slowly becomes drier, making products containing Hyaluronic acid great for younger looking skin.
Personally, the first day I tired the L’Oréal Hydra Genius Aloe Water, I had a little dry patch on the side of my nose, which spread slightly on the cheek, cause by( I believe) a too harsh scrub I had used on my face. The dry patch was healed by the next day (after using it once in the morning and once in the evening). I now love to use the Hydra Genius before applying my makeup and don’t feel I need a primer as my skin feels nice, fresh and moisturised already. Because it’s a liquid care formula it has more water and less oil than other creams  and  it is said to penetrate faster, deeper than other moisturiser locking in in  the moisture for 72hrs.
And last but not least, it has an absolutely incredible smell, which my partner was really impressed by( making me wonder if I don’t always smell as nice…).

So, this is it for my Hydra Genius Aloe Water review. I hope it helped you figure out if the hype around the product is worth it or not. Fell free to leave a comment down below with your thoughts and  impressions of the Hydra Genius.
Until next time,
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