It took me a while to realise in the recent few years that my skin wasn’t falling into the “combination” category. It was in fact, “combination-dry-dehydrated” but no one ever gives you that as an option. So I tell people I have dryish skin. Dryish. It’s about as close as I get to the truth 😛
Upon working this out, I have worked out different ways in which I use various types of skincare products to balance the hydration levels in my skin which helps my skin be more “normal”. As normal as it can be anyway LOL!
How did I work out that I had dehydrated or even dry skin then? Well here were some signs I noticed (this isn’t gospel but it’s a starting point) and remember, age plays a part too, as does climate, weather and lifestyle.
- fine lines – dehydrated skin lacks moisture and fine lines on skin, especially if you press on your cheek area to “lift” it, are more prominent
- flaky skin – in drastic circumstances, skin would get dry and flaky
- dull complexion – when your skin cells aren’t lying flat as properly hydrated cells do, it reflects light any which way which leads to your skin looking dull
- tight feeling on skin – If you pay attention to your skin you may notice when it feels tight or uncomfortable
- lack of elasticity – I noticed that when my skin is dry or dehydrated, it seems to “hang” rather than bounce back and that of course, makes you look older too.
Do you have dry or dehydrated skin? How do you treat or deal with it? Here are some ways I addressed mine and although it’s always a work in progress for me as skin conditions do change a lot and you have to listen to your skin, it again, is a starting point 🙂
1. Layer moisture on your skin and use hydrating creams
I start off by a floral water mist (I usually use the ones by Melvita although you can use any mists) and then while my skin is damp, I apply a hydrating lotion (toner) followed by a hydrating serum and then a facial oil and a moisturiser. The layering of products that help add moisture to the skin in thin layers helps my skin far better than piling on a thick layer of cream. Using a lightweight serum and cream targeted at hydration too helps the skin. But use thin layers.
2. Use a hyaluronic acid intensive hydration serum
You can use a serum like Hydraluron which works well or any other similar product that helps boost moisture and retains it in your skin. I personally prefer Dr. Lewinns Line Smoothing Complex S8 Super Hydrator but as it isn’t available here, the alternative available locally will be Hydraluron.
3. Drink sufficient water daily
Our bodies are 70% water and we need water to stay hydrated so be sure to drink sufficient water (not just liquids as tea, coffee and sugar waters dehydrate the body, not hydrate it) throughout the day. Drinking a jug in one go doesn’t do it. It’ll unbalance your electrolytes. Just have a glass of water every hour or so.
4. Lay off the peeling and drying skin care products
It could be your acne treatment products that could be drying out your skin. Products that contain tea tree oil, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide etc dry out the skin and can make them feel uncomfortable. I personally find that treating my skin with moisturising products and keeping it well hydrated helps my skin heal more quickly than any acne product out there. Of course, Effaclar Duo is the exception to the rule 🙂
5. Is your cleanser too drying?
I had been using cleansing oils for years and thought they were all I ever needed until I realised that my skin was feeling stripped and dried out from using them. No amount of hydration or products would help so I eventually switched away and my skin has felt so much better since! It comes down to paying attention to what you use and how your skin feels. So, pay attention!
6. Gentle regular exfoliation can help
Contrary to point No. 4 above, gentle exfoliation can actually help skin feel and look better and not so dry/dehydrated. From personal experience, when I exfoliate (I use a face flannel daily which performs a gentle exfoliation and a AHA based toner once or twice a week) it helps my skin absorb my hydration products more readily and effectively. It facilitates cell turn over and that can also help your skin look better.
These are just some of the ways I treat my dry/dehydrated skin. I also use facial oils and I use a few lotions at a time that I’m sure people will be quite put off by the length of my routine but then when I see results, I’m happy and it’s all worth it 🙂
Do you have dry or dehydrated skin? How do you deal with it?
It is pertinent to note that even those with oily or acne skin can have dehydrated skin too and sometimes, if skin is too dehydrated then breakouts can happen too. It did with me. So don’t take this as gospel, but if you have a sudden bout of spots and realise that you are exposed to a lot of air-conditioning or are out in the sun a lot, consider going on a hydration regimen for a change, instead of a drying anti-acne one and see if that helps you. It just might! If you already have dry/dehydrated skin, I’d love to hear your tips for treating it because we can all learn from each other 🙂