Most of us will experience dry or dehydrated skin at some point in our lives, it can be impossible to find a solution and it’s often something that we will spend a whole lot of money on trying to solve. Here’s a little guide to choosing a skincare routine to suit you…
It’s worth noting the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type, and it’s caused when there is a lack of protective oils in the top layer of skin. As a result, the face becomes dry and irritated from this lack of sebum.
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, and it’s usually a little more easy to fix. It’s caused by a lack of water, or moisture, in the skin’s surface – leading to that tight feeling we all hate. While dry skin is usually down to genetics or even hormones, dehydrated skin is usually caused by the elements, overdoing it on the spot treatments or using too many products containing alcohol.
It’s worth keeping in mind that skin can be oily and dehydrated.
Have you been using the right products to treat your skin? Take a look at your cleanser and make sure it matches your requirements. Foaming cleansers are generally targeted at oily skin and will strip away the natural oils which are needed – we usually don’t even recommend them for use on oily skin!
Similarly, gel cleansers usually don’t offer enough hydration. Try a creamy product like the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream (£22) to replenish moisture and protect the skin from the elements. Cleansing balms are also ideal as they are oil based, with moisturising and soothing properties which can help as dry skin can be sensitive too. We like the Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm (£16) which is targeted at dry skin and contains exfoliating oatmeal particles to get rid of those bothersome flaky patches.
If you feel skin is dehydrated, rather than dry, and also a little on the oily side, the key is balancing your skin. Listen to it as you cleanse and apply makeup, if you feel like you need something to relieve, pick a creamy cleanser. If it’s too oily, go for a gentle wash that won’t strip the skin – we love the Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser (£27.50) as it doesn’t dry out the skin and it’s incredibly senstive and nourishing. Rotate your cleansers to keep your skin in check.
If you pick the right cleanser you’re off to a great start; now to compliment that with an effective moisturiser. Like with cleansers, do your best to avoid products targeted at other skin types. Mattifying moisturisers are the opposite of what you need, and anti-blemish products are generally a no-no too. Instead look for ingredients like glycerine, vitamin E, avocado oil and rosehip oil to help lock in moisture.
The Korres Wild Rose 24-Hr Moisturiser for Normal/Dry Skin (£20) does what it says on the tin, offering plumping and hydrating qualities as well improving elasticity. Strangely enough, most products for mature skin are also good for dry skin, so don’t be put off buying anti-ageing creams for their smoothing properties.
As for dehydrated skin, pick something balancing that will help to keep skin hydrated, yet still offers a light formula. We love the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer (£29.50) as it sits somewhere between a treatment and a moisturiser and really solves our skin woes. It’s perfect for both dry and dehydrated types, but better suited towards the latter as it locks in moisture and smoothes the skin.
Never underestimate the power of a great nightly treatment, especially when dry skin is involved. The time when you’re asleep is a good opportunity to wear a thick cream that you couldn’t possibly wear during the day, and for a prolonged period of time which allows it to do its thing. Yes to Carrots Nourishing Repairing Night Cream (£11.84) is an affordable option if you are new to the world of night creams, and promises to smooth, firm and brighten the skin overnight.
You may also benefit from a supercharged facial oil such as Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (£28.15) which is aimed at dehydrated skin, but also works wonders on soothing dry patches and any other woes associated with both dry and dehydrated complexions. It’s lovely to apply and really soothes the skin.
If you’re having a particularly bad run of dry skin, we suggest applying the Cicaplast Baume B5 (£5.50) – a treatment cream that helps the skin to recover from any conditions such as dermatitis or intensely dry skin. The rich formula also offers quick relief for itchy skin and is helpful for applying to particularly stubborn dry patches such as around the nose. Apply generously and leave on overnight for maximum effect.
Do you have a solid routine in place for when skin is in need?