Now, there are so many products out there that are designed to hydrate the skin, especially those aimed at men, but is it clear as to exactly what dehydrated skin is? Dehydration affects around 98% of people in the UK [citation needed] and is something that’s not that hard to combat. Men often suffer worse than women as our skin is thicker and regular shaving can cause massive dehydration.

Well being dehydrated and dry are pretty different things in cosmetic terms. Dryness generally relates to a lack of oil in the skin, resulting in dull, flakey skin. Dehydration on the other hand can occur even in the most oily of skin types and presents itself with a tight feeling to the skin. This is due to a lack of water in the skin, both that which nourishes the cells and that which surrounds the them making everything plumped and cushioned.

You can see dehydration by lifting the cheek up with the side of your index finger and in the mirror, you will see crepy lines; if the skin is well hydrated, the skin should lift and look no different.

Making sure you drink plenty water, this is hugely important in the war against dehydration but even the most well hydrated body still needs extra help on the skin. To rehydrate the skin, look for water based gels and things that have hydration in the name. Hydration masks are often the best boost and source or water by applying them once to twice a week, you can really make a difference.

Here are a few links to some great deyhydration products I’ve reviewed in the past that I can highly recommend:

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

[Note: This product is amazing when used as a mask as well as a twice daily hydrator. Apply a liberal amount over the whole skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After, either rinse off or the best option is to simply massage the excess it in. For optimum results when using as a mask, do it at night]

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Lacura Aqua Complete Moisturiser

Chanel Hydramax Mask

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