I don’t know about you guys, but where I am now, the weather is so darned hot, I don’t even feel like putting anything on my skin! Ok, let me rephrase that. I don’t feel like putting anything heavy on my skin. It’s usually quite humid here but the burning sun seems to have burned up all the humidity so it actually feels quite dry. And HOT!
So, when I’m faced this THIS pool of quivering jelly, all I want to do is dive right in!
This blue transparent gel is the Olay Aquaction Longlasting Hydration Gel. Part of the Olay Aquaction range, this range is currently only available in South East Asia – previously only Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and now also Phillippines, I believe.
While I don’t get regional releases, I understand why a product like this would be released in our region, because it suits our weather to a T! The very lightweight gel feels very comfortable on our skin especially in hot and humid tropical weather, and it delivers a burst of hydration to the skin that we so desperately need, without turning our skin oily.
It’s been available for a while now, so I’d be curious if you have tried it and like it?
The Aquaction gel is very light and absorbs into skin very quickly without leaving any sticky after feel. It also feels lovely and cool, almost like a splash of water on the skin.
However, I’m not crazy about the scent which I find far too strong and far too fragranced for my tastes. Cut the scent and I might like it better because the scent bugged me. I also broke out from regular use so I ultimately cannot use this gel too often, which is a pity because I’m really craving lightweight gel moisturisers that deliver hydration now. It’s just too hot to use creams or even gel-creams!
Another use I found for this lovely gel is as a sleeping mask, or as a hydration mask when on board a plane. I first tried it out this way on my last trip to Sydney for Olay. When I got on board, after I’d washed my face and before going off to sleep, I applied a fairly thick layer of the blue gel on my skin.
Just before we landed, I washed it off and I was impressed that my skin felt and looked hydrated despite the dry cabin air. It beats scaring your seat passengers when using a sheet mask, and it feels lovely and comfortable, albeit a little sticky since you have a thick layer of product on your skin. But, the benefits were worth it.
However, I recently found that if I use it too often, I get little breakouts so I’ve had to stop using it daily. I gave Tine a tub and she really liked using it so just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you
In a nutshell
The Olay Aquaction Long Lasting Hydration Gel is a lightweight gel moisturiser that absorbs fairly quickly into the skin and does not leave a sticky or oily after feel. It is comfortable on skin and does keep it hydrated for long hours. You can even use it as a sleeping pack or as a hydration mask on a flight, for example. It helps keep skin hydrated in dry airplane air. I however found it too fragranced and I broke out from using it too regularly.
Pros: Lightweight gel feels comfortable on skin, Absorbs quickly, Not sticky nor oily, Provides skin with longlasting hydration, Affordable
Cons: Strong scent, Only available in SEA region
Who will like this: Anyone who likes lightweight gel moisturisers, Anyone with oily skin or who lives in humid climates
I couldn’t find the box, but here is the ingredient list:-
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Betaine, Glycereth-25 PCA Isostearate, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethiconol, DMDM Hydantoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Agarum Cribosum Extract, Copper Gluconate, Ethylparaben, CI74160
I think that if you can handle the ingredients, or have oily skin, then you might like this because it’s very comfortable to use and does deliver on the hydration, which is so important especially when it’s tempting to skip on moisturisers when it’s very hot and humid. Whatever it is, don’t. Your skin will not thank you for it. Instead, opt for a light product that is high in hydration so your skin doesn’t get dehydrated
Do you like the Aquaction Hydration Gel? Are there other gel moisturisers you like?
Due to my drier skintype, I prefer using creams or gel-creams. However, my preference for products will change depending on the weather as well, and currently, gel moisturisers for the day are perfect. It’s far too light for me for use at night where I still stick to creams, but for the day, hydrating gel moisturisers keep my skin hydrated without turning oily
Olay Aquaction Long Lasting Hydration Gel Price: RM59.90/50g (look for sales!) Availability: Most leading pharmacies, supermarkets and where Olay products are stocked