What is Dehydrated Skin?

Whenever I visit the salon for a facial, I am frequently told my skin is dehydrated and in need of more moisture. I always believed I was addressing my dehydrated skin with the proper ingredients/products until I finally learned, through a beauty master class, the answer to the question I never knew I had: what is dehydrated skin?   

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Common Dehydration Misconceptions

  • Dry Skin Types: Applying facial oils means the skin will be hydrated.   

  • Oily Skin Types: The production of excess oil means the skin does not need to be hydrated further.

Since dry skin types have a compromised lipid barrier on the outer surface of the skin, it is easy to believe implementing a facial oil will restore hydration. On the other hand, many people who have oily skin tend to believe the excess oils they produce indicate their skin is hydrated “enough” or it can rarely be dehydrated. Although excess oil production implies the lipid barrier is not compromised and applying a facial oil to dry skin may restore the compromised lipid barrier, your skin can still be dehydrated.

Dehydration comes from within the skin, meaning the layers below the very surface are not receiving the moisture they need. Although you may produce excess oils, this only means the outer layer lipid barrier is not compromised, but the layers beneath the surface may need extra attention. The same concept goes for dry skin; applying a facial oil will not bring the hydration the skin needs to the deeper layers below the surface.

How do I Restore my Dehydrated Skin?

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An easy answer would be to drink more water, which is not wrong, but alongside drinking more water it may be helpful to look for products containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that is able to pull moisture from deep within the skin. You can contribute hyaluronic acid’s ability to do this to its small, medium, and large chain molecules, which are able to reach different layers of the skin and attract as well as hold onto moisture.  

Products Containing Hyaluronic Acid! 

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Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum ($39):  

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The Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum is a very lightweight serum containing hyaluronic acid. This serum would be great for oily skin types looking to restore their dehydrated skin due to the super lightweight consistency. I love how moisturizing this serum is on my dry skin, but it can definitely work as a very lightweight moisturizer for those with oily skin types.


Miwaji Hyalu Serum Veil ($120):  

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The Serum Veil is a bit on the viscose and pricey side. This serum would work great for those with dry skin looking to really replenish the skin and bring back their moisturized/plump looking skin. This mask is filled with hyaluronic acid and can work alone or as a sleeping mask to help seal in all your products at night. I love how viscose this product is and the smooth velvety feeling I get when I apply it to my skin; I truly wake up with plump, glowing, and most importantly hydrated skin in the morning.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope this has helped you to begin feeling more comfortable in your own skin:)