Every season there seems to be hundreds of new beauty launches whether it’s skincare, make-up, beauty tools, bodycare and much more – but only a few gets noticed and does it’s job well. Recently I’ve seen a splurge in hydration products such as jelly, facial gels, hydration serums and masks in aid to not only help with your dry skin but to also help with dehydration. So what’s the difference?
It can be tough to tell the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. If your skin has been dry since you can remember then you’re likely to have dry skin, but if your skin feels tight, have flakey patches or show fine lines whilst still feeling slightly oily then your skin is dehydrated. For more information into this read Byrdie’s recent feature clearing it up once and for all by telling you how to spot the difference. So what’s currently caught my eye that’s been around for ages?
I’m obsessed about Gatineau Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Cream-Gel (£48, 50ml) more of a gel type consistency that is instantly refreshing. Formulated to revive the memory of the skin’s natural hydration and to give your skin an extra boost of moisture. I find this gel very welcoming for my combination skin. It’s not too wet, it’s not too dry and it’s not too sticky. It glides on perfectly and sits well under my make-up without it sliding off, getting stuck in the creases or just completely disappears to the edges of my face (I hope that makes sense). For the price it is very expensive, only to other brands but if you’re looking to invest in quality, then give it a go. One of the main ingredients and is shown second in the list, is coco-caprylate/caprate, a Skin-conditioning agent that is naturally derived from coconuts to give us the high hydration and slip of the product – amazing if you want that silky luxurious feel.
Bliss fabulous drench ‘n’ quench cream-to-water lock-in moisturiser (£29.50, 50ml), is the exact same texture and colour of the Gatineau one and also delivers the same benefits. A slightly cheaper alternative that leaves your skin instantly cool, refreshed and very hydrated. The gel absorbs into the skin at what seems like a lightening speed – it just disappears so fast! Applied after my serum or immediately after stepping out of the shower, the moisturiser calms, smooths and protects the sensitive side of my skin and especially my flared up acne. It’s like a comfort blanket for my complexion. The second ingredient listed here is Cyclopentasiloxane, a silicone that makes it easily spreadable onto the skin. It gives your complexion a silky and slippery feel and acts as a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier to the skin – brilliant for a perfect base before your make-up.
Of the cheaper moisturisers (and one without an added colour), proto-col collagen facial gel (£21.95, 50ml), is one that I’ve used the most – mainly because it’s cheaper to replace but also because it does the same thing and more. The slightly more wet feel of the three, this instantly cooling gel glides on easily and a little really does go a long way. Reaching for this moisturiser on the days my skin feels a little too dry yet covered in a sheer film of grease (dehydrated skin), it helps hydrate the skin as well as giving my complexion some ageing benefits. Now, when a brand calls something anti-ageing it doesn’t put me off using it simply because I’m only 26 because one, ageing can start from as young as 21 due to environmental stresses or even lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking and two, they can also help tired-looking skin – and boy am I tired all the time! The second ingredient listed here is glycerin, an amazing must-have ingredient if you suffer with dry skin. When applied topically to the face, glycerin works to increase moisture and lock it in to avoid that scaly and dry complexion.