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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream versus Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream .

Last updated on December 04, 2023. Published on May 03, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe general moisturizers. They have a total of 14 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain hyaluronic acid

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin, sensitive skin, scar healing and better texture

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, parabens or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain oils and silicones

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General Moisturizer South Korean Brand South Korea
General Moisturizer South Korean Brand South Korea

General Moisturizer

All-purpose moisturizers hydrate the top layer of skin cells.

General Moisturizer

All-purpose moisturizers hydrate the top layer of skin cells.

Price

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Exfoliators
Ceramides
Hyaluronic Acid (5)
Peptides

Benefits

Hydrating (5)
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation (2)
Skin Texture
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing
Brightening (3)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin
Irritating

Benefits

Hydrating (3)
Redness Reducing (6)
Reduces Irritation (5)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging (2)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing (3)
Acne Fighting
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying
Irritating
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Glycerin β€’ Hydrogenated Polydecene β€’ Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride β€’ Dipropylene Glycol β€’ Cyclohexasiloxane β€’ Butyrospermum Parkii Butter β€’ Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate β€’ Cetyl Alcohol β€’ Glyceryl Stearate β€’ Betaine β€’ Behenyl Alcohol β€’ Pentylene Glycol β€’ Laminaria Japonica Extract β€’ Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract β€’ Avena Sativa Kernel Extract β€’ Cynara Scolymus Leaf Extract β€’ Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil β€’ Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil β€’ Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate β€’ Hydrogenated Lecithin β€’ Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water β€’ Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate β€’ Pentaerythrityl Distearate β€’ Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer β€’ Glyceryl Caprylate β€’ Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate β€’ Methylpropanediol β€’ Fructooligosaccharides β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Beta-Glucan β€’ Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid β€’ Polyquaternium-51 β€’ Butylene Glycol β€’ Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate β€’ Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate β€’ 1,2-Hexanediol β€’ Hydroxyacetophenone β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin β€’ Glycereth-26 β€’ Potassium Hyaluronate β€’ Panthenol β€’ Folic Acid β€’ Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate Dimethylsilanol β€’ Vinyl Dimethicone β€’ Hyaluronic Acid β€’ Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate β€’ Raffinose β€’ Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate β€’ Pteris Multifida Extract β€’ Ascorbyl Propyl Hyaluronate β€’ Cholesterol β€’ Ceramide NP β€’ Tocopherol β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer β€’ Tromethamine

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 1.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 1.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

Learn more about Glycerin

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 2.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 5.

3
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Betaine is a common humectant (a substance that promotes retention of moisture). It's known to be gentle on the skin and can help balance hydration.

Betaine is best for improving hydration and soothing irritated skin. Studies show betaine may help with uneven skin tones.

Betaine is naturally created in the skin and body. The form found within cosmetic products can be either plant-dervied or synthetic.

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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 11.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 7.

4
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Pentylene glycol is typically used within a product to thicken it. It also adds a smooth, soft, and moisturizing feel to the product. It is naturally found in plants such as sugar beets.

The hydrophilic trait of Pentylene Glycol makes it a humectant. As a humectant, Pentylene Glycol helps draw moisture from the air to your skin. This can help keep your skin hydrated.

This property also makes Pentylene Glycol a great texture enhancer. It can help thicken or emulsify a product. Emulsifiers help stabilize a product. It does this by preventing certain ingredients from separating.

Pentylene Glycol also acts as a mild preservative and helps to keep a product microbe-free.

Some people may experience mild eye and skin irritation from Pentylene Glycol. We always recommend speaking with a professional about using this ingredient in your routine.

Pentylene Glycol has a low molecular weight and is part of the 1,2-glycol family.

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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 13.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 38.

5
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

Like hyaluronic acid, it is great at holding water and acts as a humectant. This makes it a great skin hydrating ingredient.

Sodium Hyaluronate is naturally occurring in our bodies and is mostly found in eye fluid and joints.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

Learn more about Sodium Hyaluronate

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 21.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 10.

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What it does:
Community Rating: Mixed

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer (let's call it AAVC for short) is a synthetically created polymer. It's used as a film-forming agent and used to thicken the consistency of products.

AAVC is able to increase the consistency and viscosity of products due to its large molecule size. It also prevents ingredients from separating.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 26.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 8.

7
What it does: Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Methylpropanediol is a synthetic solvent and humectant.

As a solvent, it helps dissolve other ingredients, helping to evenly distribute ingredients throughout the product. This ingredient has also been shown to have antimicrobial properties which makes it a preservative booster.

Methylpropanediol is able to add a bit of moisture to the skin. It also helps other ingredients be better absorbed into the skin, such as salicylic acid.

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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 29.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 2.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid is a form of hyaluronic acid. It is created by the hydrolysis of hyaluronic acid with a high molecular weight. Once created, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid has a low molecular weight.

Low molecular weight HA has been shown to hydrate and increase elasticity of the skin. Increasing elasticity is also associated with reduction of wrinkle depth.

One study found topical low molecular weight hyaluronic acid may be considered for the treatment of rosacea in the adult population. However, we always recommend speaking with a professional about your skin concerns.

Hyaluronic acids are a humectant. This means they draw moisture from the air. Hyaluronic acids help moisturize, soothe, and protect the skin.

Read more about other common forms of hyaluronic acid:

Learn more about Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 33.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 11.

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What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 35.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 31.

10
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 38.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 4.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 40.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 39.

12
What it does: Humectant, Moisturising, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in healthy skin. It is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to your skin.

Hyaluronic Acid has the capacity to bind to large amounts of water. This ingredient helps hydrate, soothe, and protect the skin.

Fun fact: It is already naturally found in our bodies, such as the fluids of our eyes and our joints.

Studies find this ingredient to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. This can help speed up wound-healing,

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

Learn more about Hyaluronic Acid

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 48.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 28.

13
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

This ingredient is created by putting sodium hyaluronate through hydrolysis.

You might know this as 'mini' or 'ultra low-molecular weight' hyaluronic acid. The small molecule size means it is able to travel deeper in the skin.

According to studies, low molecular-weight hyaluronic acid can:

One study from 2011 found ultra-low weight HA to show pro-inflammatory properties. Another study from 2022 found it to downregulate UV-B induced inflammation.

Hydrolysis is a process of changing a molecule using water or enzymes.

This ingredient is water-soluble.

Learn more about Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 51.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 32.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer is a type of hyaluronic acid. In fact, it is modified version of hyaluronic acid.

The structure of Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer allows it to stay in the skin's top layer for a longer period of time. This allows for even more hydration and humectant action than hyaluronic acid.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

Learn more about Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream contains this as ingredient number 57.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream contains this as ingredient number 21.

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43% are loved or liked
31% have mixed ratings
17% are disliked or very disliked
9% have no rating yet
54% are loved or liked
21% have mixed ratings
23% are disliked or very disliked
3% have no rating yet

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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream 58 ingredients

4.1 /5
from 7 reviews
pijza's Avatar'
Feb 24, 2024

super hydrating and feel like it even gives a bit of bounce to the skin. nice lightweight texture not too thick and applies well. no harsh ingredients or purging period, think it would even suit sensitive skin with no problem. best part...

super hydrating and feel like it even gives a bit of bounce to the skin. nice lightweight texture not too thick and applies well. no harsh ingredients or purging period, think it would even suit sensitive skin with no problem. best part is such a great price point for the amount and quality of the product. super affordable

Great Value
Hydrating
Light
Absorbs Well
No Scent
Works Well
sinae's Avatar'
Jun 7, 2023

I don’t know why, but this project is just IT. It calmes and hydrates my skin if I use harsh products without being too thick. I can use it in the morning, in the evening, during the day. It just works.

I don’t know why, but this project is just IT. It calmes and hydrates my skin if I use harsh products without being too thick. I can use it in the morning, in the evening, during the day. It just works.

Heidilisk's Avatar'
Jun 21, 2023

I will never not use this moisturizer. It is so luxurious for the price point and leaves my skin so soft and hydrated.

I will never not use this moisturizer. It is so luxurious for the price point and leaves my skin so soft and hydrated.

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream 39 ingredients

4.3 /5
from 13 reviews
skinogre's Avatar'
Feb 13, 2024

SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. Not only does it make my skin look like glass, it moistens my skin without having oil residue and breakouts, I literally moan while putting it on because it feels so silky and smooth. I really love it, it has a...

SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. Not only does it make my skin look like glass, it moistens my skin without having oil residue and breakouts, I literally moan while putting it on because it feels so silky and smooth. I really love it, it has a perfect consistency, leaves me moistened the whole day and is infused with five different hyaluronic acids and if you don’t know isntree is THE it brand for hyaluronic acids to the extent that their formula is so good they had to patent the formulas for their hyaluronic acid. I really advise it for oily skin and this is my holy grail. I used it from late Nov-Feb so I’d say it has a usage of 3 months which is very reasonable but If I had to say anything bad about it, it would be that i wish it had options of purchasing larger bottles of like 150ml

Great Value
Hydrating
Light
Absorbs Well
No Scent
Works Well
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AnaHuynh's Avatar'
Jun 28, 2023

AMAZING
This is the best lightweight moisturizer for combo/oily skin! But it is more better for oily skin. For me, my cheeks are usually dry because I have combo skin, so it does less well for that patch, I just add another layer in...

AMAZING
This is the best lightweight moisturizer for combo/oily skin! But it is more better for oily skin. For me, my cheeks are usually dry because I have combo skin, so it does less well for that patch, I just add another layer in that area. But it’s only a little problem, and is AWESOME FOR THE REST OF MY FACE. It’s good because it’s lightweight, non sticky AND MOISTURIZING. It did not clog any pores or gave me any more acne, it made it better! It’s always good to have a lightweight moisturizer for combo/oily skin because if it’s too thick, it would clog your pores. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

ShaunaL_13's Avatar'
May 8, 2023

Great moisturizer for oily acne-prone skin!
I'm extremely oily with acne-prone skin. I also exfoliate regularly and use tretinoin, so my skin tends to get dehydrated and dry often and this moisturizer has been amazing. I use this in the...

Great moisturizer for oily acne-prone skin!
I'm extremely oily with acne-prone skin. I also exfoliate regularly and use tretinoin, so my skin tends to get dehydrated and dry often and this moisturizer has been amazing. I use this in the morning because the cream one is too heavy for daytime use but great for my night routine. This moisturizer is immensely hydrating without being too heavy and doesn't cause any breakouts! I definitely recommend this, especially if you're using tretinoin/retinal!

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