Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
December 28th, 2017
Dehydrated skin is something that many of us suffer from especially during the winter months. In general, dehydration is caused by a lack of water in the top layers of skin, which can be caused by anything from being run down, exposure to central heating or changeable weather. It makes skin feel uncomfortable and tight and can cause a complexion to lose its natural radiance.
There are some easy ways to rehydrate skin and bring back its healthy glow though, so if you’re feeling like you need a complexion pick-me-up then keep on reading.
The first step to rehydrating skin is to prep it, that way any skincare products you’re using will be properly absorbed. Very grainy exfoliators can damage sensitive or sensitised skin, so it’s usually best to choose a gentle exfoliator like the REN Micro Polish Cleanser (£20). Use light circular motions to buff it into the skin with your fingers, revealing a brighter complexion in no time.
For a deeper skin cleanse and added exfoliation, a specialist cleansing brush such as the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (€89) is a great investment. The design is travel-friendly and different brush heads are available depending on your skin type too. The gentle sonic movement works to remove impurities on the skin and break down makeup residue that hand washing might miss.
Once the skin is prepped it will absorb a serum or moisturiser much better, allowing the product to work faster and more effectively. If rehydration is your key concern then a lightweight, hydrating serum applied to clean skin such as Darphin Lumière Essentielle Serum (€64.95) or Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum (€42.95) will help to enhance moisture in the skin throughout the day.
Dehydrated skin doesn’t necessarily need heavy moisturisers to bring back its lustre; Sisley Ecological Compound (£144) is a cult skincare product that is renowned for its ability to revitalise and hydrate skin, without leaving it feeling overloaded or greasy. The light, fluid emulsion is formulated with nourishing plant compounds including rosemary, Centella, ginseng and hops, which all work to fight environmental damage and restore skin’s strength and health.
Sheet masks are the latest craze to sweep the beauty industry and while they can treat a myriad of concerns, the best ones we’ve come across are those to promise to hydrate skin. Aim to apply a mask such as Boots Super Hyaluronic Face Sheet Mask (€2.79) once a week to intensely hydrate and keep any flaky, dry patches at bay.
Of course, you can’t forget the easiest and most important step- drinking plenty of water! That combined with a suitable skincare regime will leave your skin glowing in no time.
This post was originally published in January 2017.
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