So, here’s the thing.
Skin is confusing. And in case it wasn’t obvious, it’s not often that every skin type can use the same product.
However, if there is one thing that every skin type NEEDS to focus on, it is this.
Hydration is necessary for every skin type. Yes, even the oiliest of oily skin.
But why is that the case?
It’s because hydration does NOT equal oil. And hydration and moisture are definitely not the same thing. And we ALL need water, right?
Simply put, hydration equals water, and moisture equals oil
So, yes, even those with super oily skin NEED hydration.
According to Healthline, “As moisture leaves the skin, it becomes dehydrated, causing the skin to produce more oil. It’s a vicious cycle, and the only way to break it is to give your skin the proper hydration and moisture it needs.” https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/hydration-moisture#intro
I know it sounds counterintuitive. But your skin WILL balance out when you give it the hydration it needs.
I used to have severely oily skin. But once I started feeding it the hydration it needed, it completely balanced out! I recognized that I wasn’t necessarily oily — my skin was just dehydrated!
If you’re wondering if there’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin, there is!
“Dry skin is characterized by fewer oil-producing glands on the face and body,” says Ross C. Radusky, a board-certified dermatologist at SoHo Skin & Laser Dermatology. “Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a lack of water, not oil. So you can actually have an oily complexion but still have dehydrated skin.” https://www.allure.com/story/dry-vs-dehydrated-skin-whats-the-difference
With all my time as a makeup artist, I realized that MOST people have dehydrated skin! They may be dry or oily along with that (remember, that’s a bit different than hydration), but they were still dehydrated. And giving their skin the hydration it needed always proved to be a solution to getting them on a path to great skin!
If you’re thinking your skin may be dehydrated, you definitely need to try a hydrating serum.
“If your skin is dehydrated, you need to actively add water back into the skin. Look for a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid, which retains an impressive 1,000 times its weight in water — and will add a healthy dose of hydration back into the skin.” https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/hydration-moisture#intro
I have tried quite a few different hydrating serums since I have been on my skincare journey that started way back in 2012. I’ve tried multiple at Sephora and fancy department stores.
But out of all of the hydrating serums I’ve tried, this one takes the cake.
This serum contains high-powered hyaluronic acid, which holds more than 50 times more water than regular hyaluronic acid. And I can definitely tell the difference. Whenever I used it the first time, it soaked into my skin right away and my skin immediately felt nourished, hydrated, and plump (in the best way!). I highly recommend it to anyone! Another thing I noticed was that it got rid of the flakiness that was on my nose OVER NIGHT. I have never used any product, EVER, that has gotten rid of my flakiness.
Miracle in a bottle, I swear.
I ran out of it once and tried to replaced it with a product I was using that I swore by prior to this serum. A week later, I had to buy another one because it just wasn’t cutting it. It’s that good, you guys.
Holy grail status, for sure.
But back to the importance of hydration.
“The top layer of the skin acts as a natural barrier, protecting from outer influences and helping to maintain sufficient moisture levels. In people with sensitive skin, this barrier tends to be thinner and unbalanced, which is a reason for less protection against moisture loss. Less protection also leaves the skin more vulnerable to outer elements. The skin barrier can also become less effective with age, which can further contribute to skin dryness.” https://uk.oriflame.com/beautyedit/health-beauty/hydration-for-every-skin-type
“All skin types (even oily!) and skin concerns (even acne!) can benefit from hydration and a moisturizer. If skin is constantly stripped of hydration and natural oils from toners and harsh cleansers, it will overreact by producing even more oil to try and protect the skin. The result can be oilier and more congested skin.” https://www.cosmedica-skincare.com/blogs/news/hydration-vs-moisture-what-does-my-skin-need
As you can see, hydration has become a KEY staple for me in my skincare routine. Honestly, the more hydration, the better.
Not only does this help balance out the oiliness in my skin, but it’s going to keep me looking youthful longer.
What is your fav hydrating product? Tell me!!