The ultimate guide to skincare hydration can be summarised as follows – your skin needs to be hydrated to maintain a consistent complexion. Applying oil-based moisturisers can only remedy dry skin, but for skin hydration, it’s an entirely different story.

What does it mean to keep skin hydrated?

Owing to the importance of drinking 2 Litres of water every day and eating your fruits and vegetables, keeping skin hydrated is more than just aiding the treatment of dry skin – it’s keeping your skin’s complexion healthy so other issues such as oiliness and dryness can be attended to as well. When speaking about complexion, we don’t mean how light or dark your skin is, but rather how fair your skin is and if it’s retained enough hydration to keep your skin functioning to serve its purpose. Whilst drinking water is just one part of the equation which hydrates from the inside out, the other parts involve following a skincare regime which comprises of moisturising from the outside in.

The difference between hydration and moisturisation?

The two terms are often interchanged – which should not be the case. Dry skin refers to skin which lacks oil – therefore it needs moisture. Dehydrated skin on the other hand refers to skin which needs to be hydrated using water. An important factor to note is this – all skin types can experience dehydrated skin. Having hydrated skin can help your skin fight off irritants that come from pollution or harsh weather effects – it can also help eliminate oily skin. The disadvantage of having dehydrated skin is the loss of elasticity– this can make your skin age faster as it appears to be dull as well.

Signs of dehydrated skin

If your skin resembles any of these symptoms, then your skin may be dehydrated:

Dark circles under eyes

Itchy skin

Dull or pale skin

Skin which has lost its elasticity.

This can be tested by performing the pinch test: pinch any part of your skin for 5 seconds. After releasing, your skin should go back to normal – if it doesn’t and takes a while to bounce back, then your skin is dehydrated.

Also, dehydrated skin makes it difficult to treat conditions which occur on dry and oily skin. If you have persisting oiliness, outbreaks or eczema, then you may want to perform the pinch test to see if your skin needs a bit of help.

Ways to treat dehydrated skin

Consume water-rich foods

These include watermelon and cucumber. Pair this up with increased water intake and your skin will thank you.

Water-based products

You’ve heard that glycerine can help remedy dry skin, what you may not know is that because it is a water-based product it is the ideal product to assist retain moisture in your skin. Other products which can assist also include snail gel, Aloe Vera and honey. Applying these to the skin 3 times a week can assist in the hydration process while also keeping skin smooth. Hydrator facial creams are available instore and can help restore the lost moisture.

Apply hydrating products first then moisturisers after

In doing so, you’ll ensure that your skin retains the moisture and benefits presented by the moisturiser you may be using. This can also help counteract the effects of dry skin. Sealing in the moisture and keeping your skin hydrated is the best thing you could do for your skin – say goodbye to pale, itchy skin.

Following up on your hydration regime by using a moisturiser like Mousson Triple Results +, can further help retain your skin’s moisture. What better way to go about your day than with hydrated and skinsation skin?