Dehydrated skin: The difference between hydration and moisturisation

Dehydrated skin: The difference between hydration and moisturisation

Many of us assume that the terms ‘dry’ and ‘dehydrated’ mean the same thing when describing our skin. However, when it comes to skincare, and the products we use, these are actually two very different concerns. The truth is that all skin can be dehydrated. It’s not just something those of us with dry skin experience. The difference between dry and dehydrated skin is that where dry skin is lacking oils and other natural substances, dehydrated skin lacks water. This means that even if you have an oily, blemish-prone complexion, your skin can still be dehydrated.

Dehydrated Skin Causes

woman with dehydrated skin from cold weather

External factors and aggressors are among the most common causes of skin dehydration. Things we face every day, like exposure to the sun, air conditioning, central heating, and extreme weather can all draw water from our skin and cause it to become dehydrated.

Dehydrated Skin Symptoms

Given the prevalence of dehydrated skin, you may have suffered from some dehydrated skin symptoms in the past, just without knowing the cause. Signs of dehydrated skin include dull, tight, sensitive, rough in texture skin, which can show signs of ageing more clearly, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing more prominent.

Although it can be tempting to use rich, thick moisturisers in an attempt to quench dehydrated skin, it’s important not to confuse moisturisation with hydration when dealing with skin that’s lacking in water.

Products which claim to moisturise the skin can help lock in moisture, whereas hydrating products often contain humectants. Humectants are ingredients which attract water from the air. They also draw it up from lower layers of skin, meaning they’re intensely moisturising and hydrating.

How to treat dehydrated skin

In addition to drinking plenty of water, the use of products developed specifically for dehydrated skin can be helpful when trying to revive a dull, lacklustre complexion. Did you know? Your skin is the last organ to receive nutrients you consume, meaning it’s the last to get water you sip. Therefore, drinking lots of water isn’t always helpful when treating dehydrated skin; making topical products a must for skin that feels comfortably hydrated.

neutrogena hydro boost products for dehydrated skin

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® is one such range that has been specifically designed with dehydrated skin in mind. Enriched with hyaluronic acid – a must-have skincare ingredient produced naturally in our skin – each product in the collection releases hydration back into the skin all day long.

It’s important to focus on hydration in each step of your routine when you have dehydrated skin. So, we’ve developed a complete range of products from cleansers to moisturisers which focus on delivering intense hydration.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Water Gel Cleanser

With an innovative lightweight formula, the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Water Gel Cleanser effectively removes all traces of makeup, dirt, and impurities while hydrating the skin for a clean and soft finish.

Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Water Gel Cleanser harnesses hyaluronic acid. It uses this to increase the skin’s hydration level, locking it in to leave your skin refreshingly clean and supple. Simply massage into damp skin and rinse off with warm water.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Water Gel Moisturiser

Follow your skin-quenching cleanse with Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Water Gel Moisturiser. This is a lightweight water gel with a unique hyaluronic gel matrix, which locks in intense hydration and releases it throughout the day for a radiant complexion that lasts.

Formulated with a Hyaluronic Gel Matrix, the oil-free moisturiser hydrates and plumps the skin for a balanced but supple finish. Plus, it’s even suitable for sensitive skin.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Hydrogel Recovery Mask

The Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Hydrogel Recovery Mask instantly quenches dehydrated skin. With hyaluronic acid, the lightweight sheet wraps perfectly around your face like a second skin. This maximises the absorption of its active ingredients.

Hydrogel masks deliver the equivalent of one 30ml bottle of concentrated hydrating serum to your skin in just 15 minutes. That’s equal to one month’s serum usage. This leaves your skin refreshed, hydrated and noticeably supple.


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2019-09-16 09:00:14By Neutrogena



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