I suffer from dehydrated skin, which means that my skin struggles to hold moisture. Because of this I am constantly searching from products that will boost hydration and reinforce my skin barrier so that it will keep the nasties out and the good stuff in.
Even if you don’t have a genetically dry skin like I do, proper hydration is essential. Our environments and lifestyles have a way of draining moisture from our skin. Air conditioning in offices and cars; flights across the country; sweating during exercise; and days in the sun; these all take their toll. And often those early signs of ageing like fine lines and a dull appearance can be minimized by boosting your routine with moisturising ingredients.
What should you look for in your skincare?
Hyaluronic Acid is the current buzz product in the beauty industry and for good reason. It has the ability to attract and hold moisture so that your skin feels instantly hydrated with a plump, smoother look. You get different forms of Hyaluronic Acid, some that penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin and others that form a hydrating layer on the surface. Both benefit the skin and ideally a product would contain a mixture. It’s even better if you use a product that helps to stimulate your skin’s own Hyaluronic Acid production to give you long-term results.
Fatty Acids, Ceramides & Cholesterol
Often skin gets dehydrated because your skin’s natural lipid barrier is too thin, letting moisture escape. You need an ideal balance of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol for a healthy and strong skin barrier. You can help to reinforce your skin barrier with quality oils, serums and moisturisers, but it is also important to follow a healthy diet with plenty of fish, nuts and seeds.
Here are a few products worth trying.
Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster
R375 for 50ml, vichy.co.za
This new skin booster is made up of 89% Vichy mineralizing water plus natural origin hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump up the skin. According to the brand it reinforces the skin and helps to protect it against free radical damage, leaving it looking more toned, radiant and softer. I love using it when my skin needs a quick surge of hydration. It has a water/gel consistency and feels really lightweight and refreshing when applied. It also has no silicones, fragrances or colourants, so it is a goodie for sensitive skin. You’ll apply this after cleansing and toning and before any other serum or moisturiser.
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
R510 for 48ml, clinique.co.za
Clinique promises to give skin an intense boost of moisture with their new serum, leaving you with hydrated skin for 24 hours. It contains a blend of wonderful moisturizing ingredients including algae extract, cholesterol, aloe barbadensis leaf extract and sodium hyaluronate, as well as antioxidants to provide protection against environmental stress. I have really been enjoying the product. It is 100% fragrance free with a light, gel consistency that instantly sinks into the skin, leaving it feeling soothed and smoothed without any heavy or sticky residue. I would use it with a more potent antioxidant serum for a powerhouse skincare routine. Apply it to cleansed skin before your moisturiser.
SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier Serum
R1 550 for 30ml, dermastore.co.za and leading skin specialists.
This is one of my best hydrating serums at the moment. It contains three types of hyaluronic acid to provide long-lasting hydration, and it also supports and preserves the skin’s own hyaluronic acid levels. It further soothes the skin and protects it with antioxidants, and it stimulates the production of glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), which defend the skin against water loss. You can combine it with an antioxidant serum to protect your skin and boost cell renewal. Read more about this serum here.
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
R1 030 for 30ml, dermalogica.co.za
This has long-since been a go-to serum for when my skin needs targeted action. The Hydrating Booster contains a blend of hyaluronic acid, panthenol, lipids and algae extract that help to increase moisture and plump up the skin. It has a light, milky consistency that sinks into the skin without leaving a heavy or oily residue. You’ll use this after cleansing and before your moisturiser.
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
R995 for 90 or R825 for 60 capsules
The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules are one of those cult beauty favourites and they’ve saved my skin a couple of times. This year the brand launched a new formula that is even more potent. These capsules contain Ceramide 1, 3 and 6 along with essential fatty acids, lipids and cholesterol to enhance the skin barrier’s functioning. This makes it ideal for people struggling with dry and dehydrated skin. You also get anti-aging benefits from Tsubaki Oil, which is rich in oleic acid, Vitamins A, B, D and E as well as Omegas 3, 6 and 9. They’ve also added Retinyl Palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative. I use this as a final serum before my moisturiser.
Which of these would you like to try? Pop your thoughts in the comments section down below, I would love to here from you.