How to Moisturise with Water and Oil: Have You Been Doing It Wrong All This Time?

Moisturising is like a personal journey of self-discovery for your skin. In Malaysia, where the weather can be hot and humid, many of us struggle with dry and dehydrated skin. But fear not, my fellow Malaysians, because Ayurveda has got your back! The ancient Indian science of holistic wellness has been using water and oil-based products for moisturising since time immemorial.

You might be wondering, why water and oil? Well, water is the yin to oil's yang. It hydrates and nourishes the skin, while oil locks in the moisture and protects it from drying out. In Ayurveda, natural oils like coconut oil, almond oil, and sesame oil are considered sacred for their ability to soothe and heal the skin.


At Potions, we're all about embracing our roots and infusing traditional ingredients like rose, saffron, hibiscus, and aloe vera into our skincare products. Our Saffron & Satin Hydrating Mist Toner is like a refreshing drink for your skin, infused with hibiscus and aloe vera to hydrate and soothe.

Saffron & Satin Hydrating Mist Toner

But that's not all, folks. Our oil-based serums are like a luxurious treat for your skin. Our Mistress of Spice & Illuminating Saffron Face Serums are made with natural oils like papaya seed oil, camellia oil, sesame oil and Squalane oil to name a few, penetrate deep into your skin and provide long-lasting hydration. It's like giving your skin a big, warm hug from the inside out. Plus, they're rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which help to fight off the signs of aging and keep your skin looking youthful and supple.

Mistress of Spice Radical Radiance Face Serum

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But wait, won't commercial creams and lotions do the same thing?" Ah, my dear friend, that's where you're mistaken. Commercial products often contain synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and other harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions. It's like going on a blind date with a product and finding out halfway through that they're not who they said they were. With Ayurvedic skincare, you know exactly what you're getting - natural, nourishing ingredients that won't harm your skin in the long run.

The Science behind Oil and Water as Moisturisers

The concept of using oil and water as a moisturiser may seem strange, but it is actually based on sound scientific principles. Our skin has a natural barrier made up of oils and water that help to keep it hydrated and protected. When we apply a cream or lotion, it often contains emulsifiers that combine oil and water to make a smooth, creamy texture. However, these emulsifiers can disrupt our skin's natural barrier, leading to dryness, irritation, and other skin issues.

Using oil and water as a moisturiser, on the other hand, allows us to work with our skin's natural barrier instead of against it. When we mix oil and water together, they create a temporary emulsion that can be easily absorbed into the skin. The water provides hydration, while the oil helps to seal in moisture and provide nourishment.

Benefits of Using Oil and Water as Moisturisers

One of the biggest benefits of using oil and water as moisturisers is that they are natural and free of unnecessary ingredients like emulsifiers, preservatives, and fragrances. This means that they are less likely to cause skin irritation or other adverse reactions. In addition, using oil and water as moisturisers can:

  • Provide deep hydration: The combination of oil and water can penetrate deeply into the skin to provide long-lasting hydration.

  • Nourish the skin: Many oils are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids that can nourish the skin and improve its overall health.

  • Protect the skin: Oils helps to seal in moisture and protect the skin from environmental stressors like pollution and UV radiation.


And there you have it, my dear friends! The secret to nourishing and hydrating your skin lies in the magical combination of water and oil. While water-based products like floral waters provide immediate hydration, oil-based products like nourishing oils seal in the moisture, keeping your skin looking healthy and radiant for hours on end.

So, if you want to give your skin the love and attention it deserves, ditch those chemical-laden commercial creams and lotions and embrace the power of Ayurveda. Choose natural, nourishing ingredients that will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin from the inside out. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.

Remember, moisturising is not just a routine task, but an act of self-care and self-love. So go ahead, indulge in some floral water and nourishing oils, and watch your skin transform into the beautiful, radiant canvas it was meant to be.

Here is how to correctly apply an oil serum on damp skin with a floral toner

Step 1: Cleanse your skin
Before applying any skincare product, it is essential to start with clean skin. Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup residue. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Step 2: Use a floral toner like our Saffron & Satin Hydrating Mist
A floral toner can help to balance the pH of your skin and prepare it for the oil serum. Spritz some toner on your face and neck, and gently massage it into your skin.

Step 3: Apply the oil serum
Take a few drops of the oil serum and warm it up between your fingers. Then, apply it to your damp face and neck in a gentle, upward motion. Pay extra attention to areas that are dry or need extra hydration, such as the cheeks and forehead.

Step 4: Massage the oil serum
Massage the oil serum into your skin using circular motions. This will help to increase blood flow and promote lymphatic drainage. It will also help the oil serum to absorb more effectively into your skin.

Step 5: Let it absorb
Allow the oil serum to absorb fully into your skin before applying any other skincare products or makeup. This may take a few minutes, so take this time to relax and enjoy the feeling of the oil serum on your skin.

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