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Skincare routine for dehydrated skin

by Anke De Boeck |

What is my skin type? Many people don’t know the answer to this question. Your skin type can also change because of different circumstances (hormones, medication, stress, age, weather conditions, etc.). It is however important to adapt your skincare routine to your skin type.

 

 

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

 

STEP 1: CLEANSING

 

Just like other skin types, a dehydrated skin should be cleansed as well. For a deep cleanse, you can opt for the Recette de Pureté. This cleansing oil and make-up remover removes dirt thoroughly, as well as impurities and make-up (including waterproof!). The apricot kernel oil in this cleansing lotion is rich in essential fatty acids, which gives the skin an intense nourishment and turns your grey complexion into a beautiful glow.

 

STEP 2: TONIFYING

 

For a dehydrated skin it is necessary to use the Rosée de Roses micellar water after you used the Recette de Pureté. This tonic with rosewater and rose extracts, also serves as a cleansing oil and make-up remover without drying out the skin, but more specific: it is a tonic. It closes the pores and restores the natural pH-balance of the skin.

 

STEP 3: HYDRATING

 

For optimal hydration of your dehydrated skin, Daisy Delight is the perfect cream. This day and night cream contains, among other things, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Aloe vera brings the water deep into the skin and hyaluronic acid has the unique property of storing a huge amount of water in your skin. Plus, this cream contains edelweiss extracts – which is packed with powerful antioxidants and serves as a natural protection against UV radiation. In short: the perfect combination for an intense hydration of the skin and a healthy complexion.

 

FAQ & TIPS

 

How do you recognize a dehydrated skin?

 

Do you often suffer from chapped lips and do you have some fine lines that come and go? Does your skin sometimes look dull and even greyish during the winter period? Does your skin sometimes feel dry and flaky, but also oily at the same time? Then your skin is probably dehydrated.

 

Unlike normal, dry or oily skin, a dehydrated skin is not a skin type but a skin condition that can occur to everyone – no matter what skin type you have. So, it is possible that you have oily dehydrated skin, or dry dehydrated skin. It is true that dehydration often goes together with dry skin (thus dry skin also often lacks moisture).

 

But, aren’t dry and dehydrated skin the same?

 

No! In the beauty world, these two are often confused, even though there is a clear difference. Dry skin lacks oil. How to recognize dry skin and how to prevent this, is all explained in this blogpost. With a dehydrated skin (it's all in the name!) your body isn’t hydrated enough and lacks moisture. The cells in the skin layers should optimally contain 10% of moisture, but when this amount of moisture is less than 10%, your skin is dehydrated.

 

What causes dehydration?

 

  • Because of repeated sun exposure, the upper skin layer can get severely damaged. After a day of sun-sea-beach, your skin is no longer able to regulate the moisture content on the skin surface because of the harmful effects of the sun on your skin.

 

  • Genes. One skin simply holds moisture better than the other one. It’s not scientifically proven that drinking water keeps your skin moist. Yet there are plenty of women who claim that their skin looks healthier and better when they drink a lot of water. And actually this makes sense if you think this way: Your body prioritizes water consumption to your vital organs first, like the heart and kidneys. When your body becomes dehydrated, it will start to seek water from organs that need it less urgently, such as the skin.

 

  • Another important factor is your lifestyle: excessive use of alcohol and caffeine, long periods of stress and a lack of essential fatty acids, all lead to more dehydration.

 

How to take care of a dehydrated skin?

 

If you have a dehydrated skin, it is important to use moisturizing products to maintain the moisture content in the skin AND products that will protect the skin against UV radiation. This will ensure that your skin barrier becomes strong and healthy again. When your skin is hydrated enough, the moisture that’s already in the skin, won’t evaporate. But these products aren’t the same as the products you use when having dry skin – these will mainly contain extra oils.

 

But how do you find products that hydrate your skin well?

 

  • Avoid ingredients that make your skin dry out –  like alcohol and perfume. Instead you better look for moisturizing ingredients on the ingredient list of your skincare products, such as natural glycerin or hyaluronic acid. These are two well-known humectants, which means that they are substances that are able to retain water in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is even able to hold 1000 times its own weight in water, so that your skin is optimally hydrated. Another perfect ingredient for dehydrated skin is Aloe Vera – it’s able to penetrate through the upper skin layer, allowing the hydrating properties of the plant to penetrate deeply into your skin.

 

  • An essential product that belongs in the closet of your bathroom is a tonic – free from alcohol of course – that provides your skin with extra hydration and refreshment. A tonic balances out the pH-value of your skin after cleansing it. It also holds in the moisture in the skin. This is an essential step, since your face cream and serum that you apply later, are better absorbed by a skin with a pH-value that is in balance.

 

  • A third and actually the easiest step in getting a nice hydrated skin is drinking enough water. And you probably don’t want to read this, but make sure your alcohol and caffeine intake are limited.
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