A Hydration Nation

As a Beauty Advisor in a skincare boutique, I am faced with the challenge of identifying clients’ skin condition/type on a daily basis. We never asked, “What’s your skin type?” Because I can guarantee you most of us have no clue, while the rest of us make assumptions. If you want to know more about skin, the largest organ of your body, there’s an amazing animated video by TED-ED on Youtube that talks about the science behind skin,

https://youtu.be/OxPlCkTKhzY

So what are the main answers I get when I asked about client’s skin? Dry, Sensitive or Combination…

Many have no idea about dehydration, which can be mistaken as dry, combination and sensitive skin. Dehydration is a condition in which you skin lacks water. Answer Yes or No to the following questions to help you determined if your skin is dehydrated;

1. My skin feels differently in the morning when I wake up, depending on my sleeping (or not sleeping) habit

2. My skin tone feels dull and lack of radiance

3. After sleepless nights, I notice some serious dark circles action

4. I only really drink water when I remember

If you answer mostly YES, you most probably have dehydrated skin. You can always get your skin hydration level measured in a skincare boutique or clinic to be sure, but remember dehydration is a skin condition that can affect any skin type, dry or oily. Dehydration can also come and go depending on diet, environment, wrong skincare products and numerous other factors.

Personally, I have an oily/dehydrated skin and as recent as end of last year, is when I first find out about it. Because I always assumed I’m oily, now that I have used the right skincare products to address both issues, my skin feels much better and less oily. Here are products I have personally tried and loved,

Serums are my most needed items in the skincare routine. Serums have smaller molecules in comparison to cream, which helps the nutrients penetrate deeper into your skin. The best hydrating ingredient is hyaluronic acid, as this particular acid helps to bind water in your skin as well as attracts water from the air into your skin. If you’re on a budget, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 is a good basic products with gel-like texture, no scents. Next week, L’Occitane will be launching their new Aqua Reotier line, which I have been trying out for 3 weeks. I have to tell you, the Prep Essence (a toner/serum) in the line is amazing. I will do a more in-depth review on the whole line very soon.

My personal favourite hydration serum is the Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster from Dr. Dennis Gross because of its effectiveness and light texture. Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum is a maximum luxury product. It combines hyaluronic acid, red algae with 23-karat gold! Algae is known to be a firming ingredient used by many skincare brands such as La Mer and L’Occitane in their Divine Harmony range. It has a slightly gel-like texture compare to Dr. Dennis Gross serum.

Moisturising is an important follow up step to serum, as the cream helps to seal your serum in to the skin. Without moisturiser, your serums will basically evaporate out of your skin very quickly and won’t have the time to be absorb and properly nourished your skin. I won’t write too much about the L’Occitane Aqua Reotier range pictured above, like I said whole range review coming up, so… watch this space!! But I have been loving the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, It formulated with blends of African oils, that helps to delivery nourishment and instant relief to dull, dehydrated skin. On the ingredients lists, coffee is also included which helps to wake up your tired skin. This cream also contain glycerin which helps to add water into the skin. Texture of the Lala Whipped Cream is quite thick, but don’t be afraid, it absorbs quickly and hydrates your skin without the shine. On a budget, the Light Hydrating Cream from AvΓ©ne is wonderful, contains their famous thermal water and glycerin. It is light in texture which is great for my oily skin type friends.

I shall stop here before this post turned into a novel. Like I said previously, make sure you consult a beauty advisor you can trust, and not the one that only want to sell you their products, and get your skin condition and type check correctly. Why is it important? So you can create a skincare routine that will help you maintain a healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. Skincare is an investment in yourself.

Now, I have been testing L’Occitane new range called Aqua Reotier which will be launched in stores worldwide in Australia on Monday! I have been trialling the products for 3 weeks now and have been so impressed. I will do a full blogpost on the whole line next week. Until then, I hope you are having a great weekend. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and I shall chat to you soon. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram. Do leave comments if you have any questions…

-k.m.

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