Even if you have a bare bones skincare regime, there’s a good chance you’re using a moisturiser: something to keep your skin feeling soft, supple and comforted, either to wear alone for a bare-faced look, or to prep your skin before make-up application.
But how do you know if you’re using the right one?
The answer is generally based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, you’ll want something, rich, creamy and emollient, and if you have dehydrated skin, you might prefer a lighter feel with a liquid, gel-like texture. If you’re not using a moisturiser to suit your needs, you may be missing out on an essential step to take your routine to the next level.
What’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
A dry complexion is lacking in oil, meaning it can often feel flakey, tight or uncomfortable. This is caused by a lack of sebum production – the opposite being oily complexions that produce too much sebum, potentially leading to breakouts and excess shine around (but not limited to) the T-zone.
A dry complexion will usually benefit from a rich, unctuous moisturiser infused with oils, which works to keep skin looking dewy and healthy – an essential step to restore moisture loss post-cleanse, and an even make-up application.
Dehydrated skin types can often feel uncomfortable (just like dry complexions), but this is due to a lack of water, not oil.
You might notice your skin feels irritated and looks dull or lacking in radiance. Dehydration means there isn’t enough water sitting on the surface of your skin, so you’ll want a product that binds water to your skin (a humectant) and keeps it feeling comfortable, supple and hydrated.
Go for lightweight creams and gels containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help maintain water levels and promote a healthy-looking complexion.
Can your skin be both dehydrated and dry?
To put it simply, yes. For example, you may have areas of dryness around your cheeks, with dehydration ‘zones’ around the eyes or chin.
Remember also that as the seasons change, your skin can fluctuate: you may be drier in the winter months, and more dehydrated in the summer months.
Every complexion is different, so it’s important you look at your individual needs and tailor your skincare routine to suit you.
Here are a few of our recommendations:
- Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm
- Alpha-H Liquid Gold Moisture Repair Cream
- Bareminerals Butter Drench Moisturiser
- L’Occitane Shea Light Comforting Face Cream
- Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
- Gatineau Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Serum
- Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream
- Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost
Don’t forget to check out our Refresh Your Regime page to discover the best ways to revamp your beauty routine, and the products to help you do it!