Hydration is perhaps the most important thing you can do you for yourself - your body is 60% water after all.
To hydrate is to increase water content, which is credited with regulating body temperature, distributing oxygen & nutrients as well as flushing toxins from your systems. It is also the the basis of healthy skin. When you are hydrated, your skin in plump, firm & supple, with a strong epidermal barrier and a bright, balanced complexion.
Keeping your skin hydrated, however, is a constant mission. Skin is the last organ to absorb hydration from the body, so while drinking the recommended amount of water daily is helpful, it can often be insufficient. This is one of the reasons one can suffer from dry and/or dehydrated skin.
Where dehydrated skin is a condition that can affect any skin type, dry skin is a skin type that can become a condition.
Dehydrated skin is fundamentally a lack of water within the lipids of the top layers of the epidermis - the stratum corneum. You can have any skin type and still have dehydrated skin, including oily. It is characterised by a dull, rough appearance that displays accelerated signs of aging. Dry skin refers to a lack of oil within the face, which is characterised by a rough, brittle or flaky appearance. When the skin’s oils are removed, your hydrolipidic film is compromised. This allows moisture to evaporate at a higher level, leaving your skin dry, sensitive and unprotected.
Hydration Lover Rubber Mask £10
Intense Hydration Treatment Mask £19.99
Hydra-Flash Intensive Hydrating Mask £128
Skinless 3D Moisture Infusion Mask £43
Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask £43
Overnight Thirst Quenching Mask £25
So how best can you increase and maintain hydration?
Topical products can all help with increasing and containing the water levels in the skin, but boosters, serums & moisturisers are particularly crucial. These are filled with hydrating ingredients known as humectants, which help to build and retain moisture. Common hero ingredients within these products include hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, but natural ingredients such as aloe vera or honey are also highly popular.
“Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, so it’s very important to use top-quality ingredients to keep your skin hydrated,” says Dermatologist Dr Haus. “I advise my patients to apply boosters or serums that contain fragmented hyaluronic acid, which is especially good for keeping water in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is something we all have in our bodies. It’s naturally present in all human beings, and it helps prevent the effects of ageing. In dehydrated skin, it will help retain water.”
Hyaluronic Serum £230
Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex £38
Hyaluronic Acid £32
H.A. Intensifier £82.95
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90
Where boosters & serums focus on binding water to in skin, moisturisers focus on sealing the now water-filled epidermis, thus preventing moisture loss. For the best results in countering dehydrated or dry skin, GLAMOUR’s Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr, recommends layering hyaluronic acids and other humectants. This can be done by priming and prepping the skin with a base layer of hydration in the form of a hydrating mask, followed by boosters, serums and eventually sealed with a moisturiser.
Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate £34
Dynamic Hydration Serum £25
Hydraphase Intense Serum £20
Hydra Beauty Micro Serum £66
Hydraluron Moisture Booster Face Serum £24.99
Hydra-Essetniel Bi-Phase Serum £44
“Because there are so many different types of hyaluronic with so many different sized molecules, it is important to combine and layer these for maximum effect,” says Alessandra. “Smaller molecules, often found in boosters of a thinner viscosity, will sink deep into the skin, capable of holding moisture from the body up to 1000 times its weight. Larger hyaluronic molecules, often found in serums, will sit on the top layers of the skin, creating a plump, dewy effect.”
For dry skin, whether dehydrated or not, this should be followed with an emollient moisturiser. For dehydrated skin that is of an oily or combination nature, opt for a moisturiser that is gel-based.
Creme d’Elegance Respirateur £332
Intense Lipid Dry Skin Cream £40
Hydraphase Intense Riche £16.50
Intensive Night Treatment £130
Crème De La Mer £115
As we venture into winter, where the drop in temperature can lessen oil production in the sebaceous glands, it is important to pay attention to your skin. Rein in on any astringent or abrasive products if you notice dryness or dehydration; instead, opt for exfoliating acids such as lactic or mandelic that have all the benefits of AHA’s while hydrating.
While topical application can cure dehydrated skin and even change your skin type, it is important to understand that skincare is only effective alongside proper, drink-your-water type hydration. I know, how boring - but better a dull few minutes than dull, lacklustre skin.
Thank you to Dermatoligist and for their expertise.