We’ve talked about the pains of oily skin before, but what about the frustration of dry, dehydrated skin? If your skin has been looking dull and lacking moisture, we can help you bring life and hydration back into that beautiful face of yours. This three-step guide is the perfect tool for achieving hydrated skin.

First things first, you should know that dehydrated skin is actually a condition that arises from your environment and lifestyle practices. It’s not about genetics, which is great because that makes it easier to treat.

Dehydrated skin reflects a damaged skin barrier. Our skin barrier functions to keep hydration within the skin. When your skin barrier is compromised, hydration doesn’t stay in and your skin becomes more prone to accepting harmful substances. 

Your skin is dehydrated when:

  • It is oily but feels dry or lacking water on the inside. 
  • It is heavily reactive or sensitive to products, even the ones that have worked fine before.

To treat dehydrated skin, the goal is to restore balance to your oil and moisture (water) levels in the skin. You can achieve healthy and hydrated skin in three easy steps:

Hydrating Step #1: Stick to a gentle cleanser

Low-pH, sulfate-free — you know the drill! Sometimes changing your cleanser is all it takes. When your cleanser sits at a high pH and contains harsh surfactants like sulfates, it’s scrubbing away the moisture that your skin needs and achieving exactly the opposite of what you want.

Take it a step further: stop using a cleanser in the morning. Unless you’ve slept with makeup on (which we highly suggest you avoid doing), try washing your face with just water. Then go straight to the second step.

Try these cleansers for hydrated skin:

Acwell Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser 

CosRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser

Hydrating Step #2: Apply a hydrating toner

Avoid the astringent toners — those with witch hazel, hydroxy acids, and/or high alcohol content. Opt for toners rich with humectants and healing properties like glycerin, panthenol, and hyaluronic acid. Even when you’re on a budget, there are plenty of affordable toners now that you can easily access.

Take it a step further: Pat it in three times! Layering your hydrating toner three times is the milder version of the Korean skincare routine. If you don’t have a nourishing serum in your routine, this will work just as well to compensate until your skin barrier heals.

Try these toners for hydrated skin:

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

Hydrating Step #3: Look for NMF moisturizers

NMF stands for natural moisturising factors, and this usually means the product contains ceramides, fatty acids, cholesterol, and other ingredients that mimic the skin’s natural moisturising system. This kind of moisturizer to seal in your routine will help restore your skin barrier to a healthy, hydrated state.

Take it a step further: Add an overnight sleeping mask to your nighttime skincare routine for that extra moisturising quality!

Try these NMF moisturizers for hydrated skin:

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream

Like any skin concern, change doesn’t always happen overnight. Even though dehydrated skin is treatable, consistency and patience are as important as any of these steps, so don’t be worried if results aren’t showing immediately. Give it time, discipline, and care — your skin will thank you for it.

Did these tips help? Let us know in the comments!


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