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November 25, 2015

You might know LANEIGE’s Water Bank Essence_EX. After all, it’s claimed to be Asia’s No. 1 moisture essence, and we know the brand has made it even better in recent years – the “Ex” at the end of the product name means that the formula is an upgraded version from the original Water Bank Essence.

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Here, we break down why it just works:

  • Hydro Ion Mineral Water: There are six different moisturising minerals in the formula that have been ionised, and this helps them quickly penetrate the skin’s layers to regulate its moisture levels.
  • Quinoa extract: Yes, that superfood that’s found in your salads helps with skin moisturisation too. It’s rich in Vitamins A, C and E, which helps keep the skin from getting dry and damaged.
  • Olive squalane: Squalane is a form of oil that is quickly absorbed by the skin, since the skin cells themselves also contain squalane – it’s the good kind of oil, which the skin needs to keep naturally moisturised. So this olive oil helps strengthen the epidermis skin cells’ lipid barrier, so it’s better able to keep moisture in, and skin texture is kept smooth.
  • Tilandsia extract: Tilandsia is a plant that absorbs moisture from the air, and is rich in a chemical compound called betaine, which is a natural moisturising factor. Betaine is important in the process of producing hyaluronic acid in the skin’s dermis layer, which means moisture levels are sustained from deep within the skin, and not just on the surface.

As you can see, the key to the Water Bank Essence_EX’s power is really in the careful selection of efficacious plant-based ingredients. It’s a straightforward moisturising serum you can incorporate into your skincare regime both day and night, and LANEIGE recommends using it after their skin refiner and emulsion.


Try out the LANEIGE Water Bank Essence_EX in the November edition of our NYLON Singapore x Vanity Trove Beauty Box. $38, available here.