Battling dehydrated skin in the city

Dehydration solving products

After a little break from blogging, I’m back with a whole host of skincare products I’ve tried and waiting to share! I thought a new skincare series would be the  best way to do this, but first – I’d better introduce my skin concerns. Starting with number 1 (you might want to go get your snacks now, it’s a long one)…

My Skin

The term ‘dehydrated’ is often thrown around with reckless abandon on beauty blogs and websites. Probably because everyone’s skin will become dehydrated at some point in their lives. However, it’s only a term I’ve used to apply to myself in the last year or so – dry, Normal, Combination and Oily skin are the three skin types it seems we’re often driven to chose between. But it was only recently I looked a little more into the problem and discovered a whole new regime.

When I first moved to London, I was buying high end make up that promised a flawless full coverage, and hating it when dry patches made my foundation gather in awkward places like round my nose and temples. It was not a good look.

I tried compensating for this by buying moisturisers targeted at sensitive and dry skin – which I thought I had – but these just broke me out in spots. There were also very fine lines on my forehead and under my eyes – something I was definitely not expecting at just 24.

What is dehydrated skin?

When I first visited a Clinique stand (more on that here) – deciding to invest a little more time into my routine than a face wipe – I was advised that my skin was in fact pretty normal, but dehydrated.

Dehydrated skin is a lack of water in the skin, as opposed to a lack of oil, which causes dry skin. Dehydration is temporary, and caused by a lot of environmental factors including how much water you drink a day – but it’s affected more by air conditioning, pollution and changes in weather. Enter me – working in an office 9-6 everyday, living in London and spending the majority of my time in front of a screen. A walking target for these elements to wreak havoc on my skin.

Targeting dehydration

While I wouldn’t say my dehydration problem is ‘solved’ per se, I’m certainly on the road to recovery!

The number one solution to dehydration in the beauty industry appears to be Hylauronic Acid. If you’ve read a few beauty blogs, you’ll know it for it’s ability to retain 1000 times it’s own weight in moisture. By holding onto any moisture you put on, it helps to plump out those pesky fine lines and improves the texture of your skin. Win-win, right? So without further ado…


Introducing my miracle product

The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid (HA) 2% +B5

I visited the Deciem store in the hope that an assistant would rescue me from my skincare concerns, and I was in luck! After describing my main skin concerns, I was recommended the HA from The Ordinary range. FYI – the other Deciem brands also offer HA products if you’re looking for something that targets more than just dehydration.

I apply the HA after my cleanse and tone, before my serums so it can latch onto everything I slather on top and draw it in to my skin. After just one PM and AM use, I was 100% sold on this product (and ready to run back to Deciem to fill my arms with as many products as I could).

The immediate difference in my skin was the disappearance of the fine lines on my forehead, something I’ve been trying to tackle since I noticed them creeping in about 6-12 months ago – I blame the London air. Now, they’re pretty much gone! Only vaguely reappearing if the air con is on in the office. Since using this product, I’ve been recommending it left, right and centre – and will never cut a HA layer out of my routine again! Though I would be interested to try both Hylamide and Niod for comparison on results and price. Let me know if you have!

For a little extra oomph…


Bobbi Brown Hydrating Intense Night Cream – £44

I just love layering my skincare products. It’s my favourite way to end my PM routine. Having used the Bobbi Brown night cream before I started using serums & oils, I stopped using it with these as I didn’t want my face to end up too greasy. But after visiting a few beauty counters, I now understand that moisturiser locks everything underneath in place, aka, it’s essential.

I feel like this night cream works a little magic while I sleep, as well as creating a barrier for my tired skin. It’s like a little spa treatment in a tub: a pretty pale pink cream which smells amazing. As it’s quite thick, you can spend time massaging it in before feeling fresh, well-oiled and ready for bed.

Having picked it back up, after just one PM use the next morning my skin felt brighter. My fine lines were majorly reduced – even before I’d started using The Ordinary HA. Though it should come with a little spoon – it always gets under my nails!

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist – £18

While The Ordinary’s Hylauronic Acid is working away throughout the day, I like it give it a little helping hand – particularly in the office. Pixi’s hydrating mist is one of a few mists they have – but it this one that was recommended to me when I asked about their skincare products. I spray this twice on my face after lunch or in the afternoon – just 2 pumps. I’m pretty sure everyone by my desk thinks I’m mad, but hey ho.

Spraying – or ‘spritzing’, probably sounds better – my face throughout the day was something I thought I’d try, but would probably forget to do. I’ve 100% changed my mind! This mist gives me a refreshing pick up halfway through the day when you get that mid-afternoon slump. It contains hylauronic acid, so tops up my Ordinary dosage from the morning, as well as a host of other rejuvenating things. You can also use this as a moisturising toner before serums and make up – but I keep mine in my work bag for afternoon pick-me-ups!


Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil – £29.50

Elemis is one of my favourite brands. Having tried (and loved) the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm**, I decided to splurge a little more on my first cleanse and go for the Elemis Oil.

For my face, I use two pumps, a ‘therapist swipe‘, and then use my full palm and fingers to work this product into my make up. It breaks down all my makeup like a gem, leaving me with some not so great lipstick/mascara smears all over my face. I then wipe it off with a face cloth, and it leaves my skin feeling clean but most importantly, not stripped or dry. Ready for my next cleanse!

Though I am a big fan of the cheaper M&S Formula Oil Cleanser, the advantage of spending a little more would be the extra nourishing factor. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this as both my first and second cleanse to get the full benefit of the Omega 3 and other good things inside! As it’s an oil, it doesn’t foam or dry the skin out – most definitely suited to dehydrated skin.

M&S Absolute Formula Ultimate Sleep Cream – £22

I am a sucker for click-bait, particularly when it comes to beauty. So when a Cosmo article popped up on my newsfeed saying “This £22 face cream has a waiting list of 7,500”, you know I clicked on that.

At the time, the moisturiser had just come back in stock, and obviously me not wanting to miss out on this cult beauty, I clicked ‘buy’ before you could ‘dehydrated’. There is a promise to “Transform your skin with 10 amazing benefits after just 4 weeks.”, so I am currently putting this to the test and using it every night before bed in place of my Bobbi Brown Intense Night Cream – to truly question this statement!

I have to say, so far so good – this beautiful formula feels light and almost fluffy, but packs a punch. Again, it’s a rich cream so can afford some massaging in before bed. I was once told by a skincare consultant at Pixi that my cheeks are the drier part of my face, and I often find creams sink in here fastest. But every morning, I wake up and I can still feel the last of this cream on my cheeks. With other creams, I find it still moisturising my face in the AM, but completely gone on my cheeks. I’ll be putting up a full review of this little one when my 4 weeks are up!

Marks and Spencer Formula Sleep Cream
Happy hydrating!


*All thoughts on here are my own and researched through visiting beauty blogs, counters, and articles, I am not a skincare expert, but I do love new products! I have paid in full for all the products featured in this post.

**New post coming soon!