18 July 2016

8 Wonder Products for Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Although I have combination skin, during the cooler months my skin tends to become more normal-dry and I often suffer from dehydration in my cheeks and forehead. I thought I would aim this post for anyone who is also suffering from dehydrated skin and also any dry skin types, you will love most if not all of these products!

One of the biggest misconceptions, especially for those that suffer from oily skin or who are acne-prone, like myself is that they generally steer clear from any hydrating products or any sort of facial oils. No matter what your skin type, if you aren't drinking enough water, if you're exposed to dramatic changes in weather, or if you're using harsh or stripping skincare products, you can most certainly develop dehydrated skin.

I personally tend to use more hydrating products on my face at night time, before I go to bed so I can give my skin the burst of hydration that it needs. I tend to use more mattifying products during the day to sit under my makeup and create a long-lasting base. These are some of my favourite products that I use regularly for adding moisture and nourishment into my routine.

First up, a relatively new addition to my routine is the Oblepikha Siberica Hair Mask for Dry and Normal Hair*. This is quite a luxurious, thick hair mask that contains altai sea-buckthorn oil, moroccan argan oil and oil of white siberian flaxseeds to help produce keratin, which gives hair strength and shine. It has a quite a strong and unique smell that some may not enjoy but I personally really like. Probably worth smelling yourself. After using the mask, my hair feels super smooth and shiny and is protected from heat exposure from blow drying or using a flat iron. This mask can be purchased through Oblepikha Siberica or Terry White Chemists.

In terms of makeup products to keep my skin feeling nice and hydrated, I love to use the Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Foundation Primer when my face is feeling dehydrated and needing some extra moisture. It definitely does not have that silicone-feel of many other primers but still smooths over pores and fine lines and increases the longevity of my foundation. If I am feeling really dry, I will also put on the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum* as an additional step before I put on my primer to add some extra moisture to my face. The serum isn't greasy at all and sinks into the skin quickly so it works really well as a base for makeup.

There are a few face masks that I love to incorporate into my routine when my skin is feeling dull, dry and needing some extra oomph. Firstly, any of you who have been reading my blog for a while would be well aware of my obsession with the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (read more about it here and here). Basically this mask works extremely well when applied before bed and when you wake up, all of the nourishing ingredients such as avocado kernel oil and hyaluronic acid have sunken into the skin and it really makes your skin look more radiant, plump and bright. I have repurchased this about 5 times now so I swear it really does work!!!

Next up the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisture Mask* is a great option for oily or combination skin types that might still be feeling dehydrated. This mask isn't as thick or creamy as the other two, but it does contain three forms of hyaluronate to support natural hyaluronic acid production and three forms of AHA's, glycolic, citrus and mandelic, to gently exfoliate. It feels almost like a primer going on but once you wash it off, skin feels smoother and more hydrated.

Finally, the Skinstitut Hydrating Mask* is a medium intensity hydrator delivering intense moisture to promote skin radiance. This creamy mask purifies and soothes stressed, dull skin. It also contains raspberry vinegar which cleanses and provides antioxidant support for the skin. This one also contains glycolic & lactic acid which assist to exfoliate the skin, however this product is suitable to all skin types.

The best time to get some hydration into your routine is to slap on some products before you to go sleep to wake up with happier skin. I keep these two products on my nightstand so I can reach for them even when I am already in bed! The Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil* is specifically for dehydrated, sensitive and aging skin. It deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin, containing coenzyme Q10, macadamia, rosehip and avocado oil. It feels absoloutely amazing on the skin, although it is a little on the greasy side, so another reason why it's best applied at night on freshly cleansed skin. This oil actually works to reduce skin irritation and sensitivity so it would be perfect for sensitive skin types or even to pop on after you have had a bad reaction to something.

Next up, I love popping the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream on top for an amazing hydration duo. This is one of my all time favourite night creams, as it is just the right consistency of thickness and really melts into the skin. It is thicker than the Origins masks, for reference but great for a more intensive night cream. Some of the ingredients include shea butter, macadamia seed oil, coconut oil, sandalwood oil, patchouli oil, ylang ylang oil and other essential oils. It also contains active manuka honey to sooth and moisten skin, while potent antioxidant vinanza grape helps neutralise free radical damage. I would recommend this to anyone who is suffering from dry skin as I see overnight results when I use this moisturiser!

I hope you enjoyed my round up of my top 8 products that I would suggest for dry and dehydrated skin that really work well for me. It's important to take care of your skin and listen to what it needs. Even if you're oily or acne-prone, your skin may need some additional moisture in certain areas so don't be scared of moisturising products!

What are your favourite hydrating products! What has worked well for you?

*This product was sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. For more information please read my disclaimer.

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