Dry vs Dehydrated Skin
Dry skin lacks natural oil, as opposed to dehydrated skin which lacks water. However, both can feel the some and often it’s hard to tell them apart. Dry skin is a skin type and is genetic while dehydrated skin is a skin condition that can be treated.
Symptoms of dry skin include a feeling of tightness, itchiness, flaking and an ashy complexion. Skin generally looks dull and matte, making it more prone to fine lines or even cracks. Chances are your skin soaks up moisturising creams pretty quickly. There are several factors that can lead to dehydration, including environment, diet and the products you choose. Skin feels driest in winter when humidity reduces and we’re subject to the drying effects of heaters, fireplaces and hot showers. Harsh, high pH soaps and cleansers unbalance the skin barrier and can strip out natural oils. Dehydrated skin feels dry but surprisingly, can also feel oily and be breakout prone. This is because skin tried to compensate for the lack of water by producing more oil.
Feed dry skin nourishing ingredients like lipids and ceramides to repair the skin barrier and focus of hydrating ingredients to boost the water content of dehydrated skin. Great fatty ingredients to look for include Shea Butter and skin compatible oils such as Jojoba and Squalane. Regarding choice of toner, both will respond well to hydrating layers as hydrated skin more readily absorbs the layers to come. will respond well to the toner suggestions below.
I’m From Rice Toner
This is a great choice as it contains both rice extract to calm and hydrate as well as fatty acids and lipids to help reinforce the moisture barrier and in doing so, combat both dryness and dehydration. It also has a good dose of Niacinamide to strengthen skin and even tone. See the full review here.
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
A hybrid essence and toner solution, the Pyunkang Yul toner is designed to revitalise dull and lackluster skin with a minimal formula. With 91.3% Astragalus Membranaceus (Milk Vecht) Root Extract, a botanical used in eastern medicine for thousands of years, it improves blood flow to areas of topical application for a healthy glow. It also protects against elastin breakdown by strengthen skin and improving texture, elasticity and tone. Due to the simplicity of the formulation, this toner can be layered and is great for dehydrated and compromised skin. See the full review here.
Laneige Cream Skin Toner
The Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is a biphase liquid that provides the benefits of oil and water. It offers a significant moisturising effect, particularly recommended for skin that feels tight, dry or sensitive. See the full review here.
Rovectin Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion
Employing Rovectin’s Barrier Repair Complex™ to fortify the skin’s protective layer and prevent moisture loss, this lotion also contains multiple variants and weight of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate the skin. You will find my full review here, although please note, the product has since been reformulated and this review is therefore obsolete.
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Featuring hyaluronic acid, trehalose, birch sap extract and collagen to rejuvenate skin with moisture, the Isntree toner will ensure skin is plump and hydrated. It can be easily layered to increase this effect and really satisfy the most dehydrated skin. You’ll find my full review here.
Paula’s Choice Advanced Replenishing Toner
This toner claims to replenish, restore and nourish the skin while defending against environmental damage. It’s packed with barrier building and nourishing omega fatty acids and lipids plus antioxidants plus proven hydrators including Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin. You’ll find my full review on my Instagram account, here.
Earth’s Recipe Energy Boosting Toner
I don’t have a written review for this one but it’s a lovely thick toner that nourishes and moisturises really well, ideal for the winter time and drier conditions. Formulated with silver ear mushroom extract, this toner moisturizes while also helping to improve skin elasticity.
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