Hydration: dry or dehydrated skin? Tips on how to improve your skin's health

Dry skin and dehydrated skin are very different concepts and in order to properly hydrate your skin, you must first understand the difference.


Dry skin, or xerosis, is characterized by a smaller amount of sebum-producing glands in the skin and consequently less “fat”, which leads to worse water retention by the skin. On the other hand, dehydrated skin, a skin condition, is characterized by a lack of water, and it is possible to have oily and dehydrated skin.

While dry skin is a natural feature of the skin, dehydration is a condition of the skin caused by external factors (the most common being temperature and diet), usually reversible and transient.

Dehydrated skin can appear at any time while dry skin is more common with advancing age, as the skin's sebaceous glands produce less and less oil, also making it more fragile.

Although oiliness has a negative connotation, it is essential, in the right proportion, to maintain the skin's protective barrier. As well as providing comfort to it. But having dry skin can also be of genetic origin, so you should take specific care from an early age. Thus, and depending on the needs of the skin, appropriate creams should be used that hydrate the skin in the way it needs.

For dehydrated skin , creams with hyaluronic acid are recommended, as this has the ability to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water and preserve moisture without adding oiliness.

Often, on the face of a person with dehydrated skin, fine lines appear, as the skin with a lack of water becomes less plump and flexible – hyaluronic acid also acts in this sense, filling in the lines and increasing flexibility, giving a fresh and luminous air to the skin. skin. And of course, it is a great ally in anti-aging care, especially in the treatment of the first wrinkles.

Here are some product suggestions for dehydrated skin:

Moisturizing cream


Sensilis Hydra Essence Fondant Cream Facial Moisturizer - 40 ml - Ref: 6335554

moisturizing ampoules


Ampoules Dr. Grandel Hyaluron 3 ml - 3 units - Ref: 6352500

Ampoules Dr. Grandel Hyaluron Moisture Flash 3 ml - 3 units - Ref: 6352518


doctor Grandel Hyaluron Travel Kit with 7 ampoules of 3 ml - Ref: 6359521

Moisturizer for oily skin


Filorga Hydra-Filler - moisturizing matte cream-gel - 50 ml - Ref: 6004952

hydration mask


La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask - 2x6 ml - Ref: 6807172 or Filorga Hydra-Filler Mask super moisturizing plumping mask with hyaluronic acid Ref: 6005009

Moisturizing cream with anti-aging action


doctor Grandel Hydro Active Hyaluron Refill Cream - Day Cream 50 ml - Ref: 6352054

Moisturizing cream with sun protection


Neutrogena Hydro Boost fluid facial moisturizer SPF25 - 50 ml - Ref: 7485169

In dry skin it is essential to use creams enriched with vegetable oils and hydrophilic substances that strengthen the skin barrier, store skin moisture and restore dry skin to its firm and luminous appearance. Normally dry skin care has some anti-aging function, such as Filorga Nutri-Filler nourishing cream - 50 ml - Ref: 6955203 .

In the case of extremely dry skin, there may be a need to complement the daily care with an oil, such as Caudalie Premier Cru - Precious Oil - 29 ml - Ref: 6016212


But if you have dry skin all your life, the Barral DermaProtect face cream - 40 ml - Ref: 6837617 or the La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Rich Moisturizing Care - 50 ml - Ref: 6907576 are formulated with a high lipid content to provide comfort and nourishment to the skin.

Urea is also a widely used component in cream formulations for dry skin, particularly body creams, as it replenishes missing natural moisturizing factors and helps retain moisture in the top layer of the skin. the cream Savaii Moisturizing Cream with Shea Butter 10% Urea - 500 ml - Ref: 7757500 has a combination of 10% urea and shea butter for deep hydration.

Some extra precautions to take, in addition to choosing the ideal cosmetics to use, are:

  • Diet precautions: When you have dry or dehydrated skin (or even for any type of skin, as the diet has a great influence on this) it is not enough to treat topically, but also internally. Choosing water-rich foods such as watermelon, radishes or tomatoes and drinking at least 1 liter of water daily will help your skin maintain the desired hydration levels. Avocado is also a favorite fruit, rich in vitamins C and E, and monounsaturated fats, which help the skin to retain moisture.

  • Add thermal water or a serum to your routine. These products alone are not capable of adequately moisturizing the skin, but when complemented with a moisturizing cream, they will provide the skin with a boost of extra hydration. The serum of Filorga Hydra-Hyal moisturizing concentrated serum - 30 ml - Ref: 6961961 Or the Uriage thermal water - Ref: 6465773 are perfect choices.

  • Exfoliate the skin. The skin naturally renews itself every 28 to 40 days (this period varies depending on age or other internal or external factors), which causes the outermost layer of the skin to accumulate dead cells, which prevent the penetration of the cosmetics used . Therefore, it is ideal to remove these cells through the use of an exfoliant, at least once a week.

Dry or dehydrated skin can also become more sensitive, as its natural barrier is compromised, so it is essential to choose an exfoliant that is not too aggressive for the skin, such as Avène purifying and gentle scrub - 75 ml - Ref: 7478800 or Caudalie Gommante Douce - Gentle Exfoliating Cream - 75 ml - Ref: 6991059

  • opt for one richer cream at night , as the skin absorbs it more easily. AND adapt your routine to the seasons , as the temperature and the percentage of humidity in the air will influence your skin. In winter the skin becomes even drier so it is essential to better moisturize the skin during the coldest times of the year. During the summer the skin may also need extra hydration due to sun exposure. Did you know that hydrated skin keeps your tan longer? So it is! Moisturize it properly, on a daily basis, and you will see that it maintains its color and healthy appearance for longer.

  • Clean your face properly. Not only is the choice of moisturizing care important, the cleansing care must also be specific for dry skin. Opt for make-up removers in the form of milk such as Caudalie Moisturizing Tonic Lotion - 100 ml - Ref: 6025916 or the Cerave Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Cream - 237 ml - Ref: 6031807 . Avoid biphasic make-up removers if you have dry skin as these remove even more sebum from the skin. When cleaning your face, prefer lukewarm water to very hot water. And use care products without alcohol, perfumes and dyes to avoid irritation.

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