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Introducing the new circular hydration serum from Dermalogica, advancing the skin’s hydration cycle.

It immediately hydrates to quench dehydrated skin. Delivers long-lasting hydration to help prevent future dehydration and replenishes the skin from within.

6 things nobody is telling you about dehydrated skin.

Everyone’s skin needs consistent hydration – even if it doesn’t feel dry. Dehydrated skin can lead to redness, irritation, and a compromised barrier. It doesn’t matter what skin type you have: everyone’s skin is vulnerable to dehydration.

This means that all types of skin need extra hydration every day – even when it doesn’t feel dry.

Here are our favorite tips for keeping dehydrated skin at bay:

1. Seasons change – and so should your routine Environmental irritants, our rapidly changing climate, busy lifestyles, and many other factors all deplete skin of critical hydration. In short: the environment you’re in affects your skin. Skincare isn’t one size fits all – so when it comes to your routine, you have to pay extra attention to your skin’s needs. What your skin needs can depend on the weather or even if you’re in a big city vs. small town. Look for key changes in your skin, and adapt your routine with the seasons.

2. Don’t forget your SPF The sun can be warm and welcoming; however, UV rays aren’t! Sun damage doesn’t just cause burns or irritation, it also dehydrates skin (even before it burns). Keep skin healthy-looking and hydrated with SPF protection. Mix your moisturizer with SPF and reapply as needed during your time out in the sun. Even if you’re indoors, apply SPF – UV rays can travel through windows!

3. Beware of hydration evaporation Many hydrating serums seem to evaporate into thin air the moment we apply them. In order to effectively manage dehydration and maintain an optimal moisture balance, we want to minimize the amount of hydration evaporation that occurs. To accomplish this, we need skin care products that advance skin’s hydration cycle – minimizing TEWL while also replenishing skin’s hydration, both topically and from within. Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) is the evaporation
of water from skin’s surface. Skin can lose up to half a liter of hydration through TEWL each day!

4. Dehydrated skin’s snowball effect Forgetting to hydrate can cause a snowball effect – once skin is dehydrated your barrier is compromised, leading to potential redness and irritation. This can be caused
by not drinking enough water, forgetting to add a hydrating serum, neglecting to moisturize, or by not being diligent about your SPF. It may be overwhelming at first to keep up with all of these steps, but keep at it: any effort to combat skin dehydration is better than no effort at all!

5. Sustain hydration Hydrating every day helps skin stay better-hydrated in the long run because this will help maintain a healthy barrier. When skin is optimally hydrated, it appears smooth and plump. We typically think of skin’s hydration as coming from topically applied products – but dietary sources and the water we drink throughout the day also have a significant impact on skin’s hydration.

6. Ingredients matter Wasting time and money on the wrong ingredients may leave your skin dehydrated. Make your routine work for you and your skin and learn which ingredients are best for skin hydration. Here’s a few of our favorite ingredients (and their benefits) for ultimate skin hydration:

  • Hyaluronic Acid penetrates skin’s surface for deep hydration and more supple, radiant skin overtime.
  •  Algae Extract-infused moisturizing matrix delivers quick and long-lasting hydration.
  • Polyglutamic Acid from fermented Soy replenishes the skin’s hydration reserves from within.
  • Plant-derived sugars and a blend of amino acids similar to those naturally present in the skin trap water on the skin’s surface to help prevent future hydration evaporation.
  • Lactobacillus Ferment and Avena Extract helps to balance the skin’s microbiome.

7. Moisturizer alone isn’t enough Do you sometimes feel like even after applying moisturizer, your skin still feels dehydrated? You’re not alone!

Try adding in a serum. Hydrating serums are formulated to deliver optimal hydration into the skin – but unless that hydration is ‘sealed in’ with a moisturizer, it may evaporate into the environment. Moisturizers’ comparatively heavier formulas sit on top of the skin, forming a barrier that holds hydration in.

As we can see, hydration loss has many sources. Neglecting to replace the skin hydration we lose on a daily basis can lead to dehydrated skin, a compromised barrier, and eventual skin sensitivity. Notice skin dehydration?

Try Circular Hydration Serum to flood skin with hydration, replenish from within, and help prevent future hydration evaporation

Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

Dry and dehydrated skin may feel the same, but their causes are different: dehydrated skin lacks water, while dry skin lacks lipids.

There’s a big difference between dry and dehydrated skin, yet both tend to feel the same – just plain dry.

Find out the characteristics of each to determine which you might have!
When your skin feels dry, you may naturally assume that it is dry. But it might just be dehydrated and in need of water.

What does that really mean? We’ll explain.

What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?

Dry skin is a skin type and dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Your skin type is what you’re naturally born with, such as oily skin or dry skin. Your skin condition, however, is what happens to your skin, such as dehydration, acne and irritation. Skin conditions can happen to anyone, temporarily or longer, and in some instances, a skin condition can stay for good.

What is dry skin?
If you have a dry skin type, it means you’re lacking oil. You were born this way, and you’re dry everywhere else on your body including hands, scalp, legs, etc. When you put on moisturizers and lotions, chances are they soak up fairly quickly. You may also regularly experience issues like flaking, cracking, sensitivity or eczema on a regular basis.

What is dehydrated skin?
If you have a dehydrated skin condition, your skin is lacking water. This can be caused by lots of factors such as makeup, diet, incorrect product use, weather; it goes on. But here’s where it gets tricky: When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.

How to treat dry and dehydrated skin?
If a dry skin type sounds like you, be sure to use a dry skin regimen that contains oil- or cream-based products daily. You may also want to keep a hand treatment for dry skin with you at all times.

If you think your skin is dehydrated, try to identify what’s dehydrating you and correct it. It could be your lifestyle or your environment. Use water-rich products like Circular Hydration Serum and Skin Hydrating Masque, which contain water-loving Hyaluronic Acid to help balance your skin as needed.

Look for a product that targets the signals of dehydration before you may even notice them yourself, like Smart Response Serum. This serum is a great choice for skin that’s constantly changing, since its SmartResponse Technology reaches even the smallest cracks in the moisture barrier and responds where it detects dehydration. And keep a water-based, hydrating toner handy to hydrate your skin throughout the day.

Pro Tip: It is entirely possible for your skin to be dry and dehydrated at the same time. If this is the case, use a regimen that contains oil and water. If you need help finding the right products, chat with one of our skin therapists!

Does drinking water hydrate skin?
While we’re on the topic of water, it helps to know that skin is the last organ to receive the nutrients we consume, which means it’s the last to get the water you sip. It isn’t enough to just drink water; skin also needs topical products to feel comfortably hydrated.

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