Sunday, 29 November 2015

DEHYDRATION WEEK


Oh it's that time of year. Face feeling tight? Sore? Central heating on? Windy outside? Yep. Everyone I have seen lately is dehydrated. I mean, we're all pretty much dehydrated most of the time anyway, but at this time of year it's particularly bad.

I'm focussing this week on products for dehydration so do please leave your favourites or any that you would like further information on in the comments and I'll try and get to as many as possible throughout the week.

In the meantime, if you're unsure if you are dry or dehydrated (or both..) read this cheat sheet: dry-or-dehydrated-cheat-sheet

First up is Chanel Hydra range.

88 comments:

  1. Hello Caroline - love your blog. I've been using a PTR cucumber gel mask that has kept my skin nice and hydrated now that the central heat is on (I use it damn near every day :-). That being said, I have a bit of a request - is there any way you could do a post on skin care during chemotherapy? I realize we all have different side effects from chemo, but in general I've found that my skin gets rough and dehydrated (I've been on, jeez I guess six different chemos in the past seven years ). I gravitate towards special pampering treats (masks etc - I will be purchasing your Cult Beauty box :), but any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!!

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  2. I've been taking 3,000mg of omega three a day for the last 2 weeks and have seen suuuch and improvement with dryness and spots, thank you so much for imparting your wisdom on to us! Quick question: Is shea butter to be avoided completely in moisturisers (for people with acne prone skin) or is it okay further down in the ingredients?

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  3. Hello Caroline!

    I recently bought By Terry's Cellularose Hydraradiance Mask for face and eyes. I'm using it once a week so far leaving it on overnight and it makes my face seriously smooth and slightly plumped (I'm only 22 so don't need much). Because I can use it on my eyes too it really helps fight the dryness I get and to reduce any fine lines.

    I've also been using Kiehls Skin Rescuer Moisturiser and Good Genes as a mask sometimes and my face is seriously soft. Also clearing up as I have had some cheek irritation, possible rosacea.

    All in all as I have dehydrated skin, it's pricey but being a godsend!!

    x

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  4. Hydrating toners/essences? May Coop Raw Sauce?

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    1. Hope you don't mind the reply. There is a top 10 hydrating toners: http://www.carolinehirons.com/2015/04/the-top-10-spritz-toners.html

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    2. I just got a sample of Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion which I have been loving for 2 weeks.

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  5. Brilliant timing, Lady H! My skin has been LOVING Hylamide - so much so that I've been using it morning and night. A good all-rounder for an aging dehydrated skin, do you think, or better to alternate it with something else?

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    1. Oooh, I'd love some info on the usefulness of Hylamide during wet-weather, dry-skin season, too!

      I've only been using the eye serum of Hylamide, but I cannot part ways with my trusted EL Night Repair for the rest of my face (day and night). Based on how the Hylamide eye stuff feels, I reckon I need to wait until spring before I break out the Hylamide for the rest of my face.

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    2. I have been wanting to try this since Caroline mentioned it, found an offer I couldn't resist on The Deciem website the Subq Anti-age, Subq eye & Photography foundation all for £30 delivered (which I think is the price for just the Subq anti-age - be quick if anyone interested as it finishes on the 1st December)

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    3. Kerry, what does the photography foundation do? Thank you

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    4. Yes I agree! More info in Deciem's range would be great!

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    5. I did YouTube it although there's not many reviews as I think it's new?? you can either wear it on its own or under foundation and it's supposed to contour without the contouring process and blur imperfections?? I haven't tried it as I haven't received it but thought it would be worth a try at that price - I was only really getting it for the other 2 items - hope this gives a bit of info?

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  6. What do you think of the Kiehl's hydro plumping serum? I think it's keeping dehydration at bay for me?!

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  7. Dear Caroline,
    Thank you so much for all that you do for us. My skin is lovely and I feel like I can sort out any issues(pimples,pigmentation) a lot better from reading your blog. Thanks for helping me 'glo up'.

    Hydraluron,the Vichy Aqualia serum or Hylamide? Where should I sink my cash as far as efficacy?

    Also,could you please do a video on oils like the acid/serum/cleanser ones? I found Lotus was great on my skin and bought Ole's pure truth but my skin doesn't feel as nourished. Some insight on what is good for what would be great.

    Again,so grateful for you, You are amazing.

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    1. Just bought the Hydraluron yesterday at Ulta and used it last night with Prevage with really good results. Would also love to try the Hylamide.

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  8. No doubt, Aderma's hard soap and snesitive skin lotion have saved my life. All of their products have oatmeal which reduces dryness, irritation and helped me with dermatitis. This is not an ad! I'm just grateful (:

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  9. Dear Caroline,

    Sorry about the essay but sometimes we just have to have the words right?! Firstly THANK YOU for all your advice, tips and care! Finding your blog has honestly truly saved my skin. Reading your blog has completely transformed my skincare routines and has genuinely helped me to overcome a life debilitating OCD condition that involved cleaning, and led me to cleaning my face with (brace yourself) antibacterial hand wipes and hand washes everyday for years (when you joke about fairy liquid.. I hate to tell you that was a reality for me *very sad face*) I knew I was damaging my skin and was so very upset about doing so, even as I was doing it, but had no control/ability to stop doing so until I had worked on the OCD that had developed after upsetting events in my life triggered it. Your blogs helped me focus on rewarding my progress to overcome the condition with good, enjoyable skincare products and routines and although I'm not completely OCD free and recovering is hard work,I have improved so much with the help of your blog.

    I'm so glad you are looking at dehydration, I find this quite tricky because I think my skin is dehydrated (not dry) after years of stripping it with such harsh chemicals (and generally life) yet I also have naturally normal/oily skin, large pores and have miraculously avoided becoming too sensitive despite what I've put it through (I'm 25 years old) so anything too intense for dehydration seems to make my pores clogged and skin greasy. I would really like your recommendation for a rehydrating serum or oil, especially for night, that I can use to help restore, soothe and nourish my skin without it being too strong. I don't mind spending on my skin because i'm desperate to help it recover after the battering it's taken and although my skin somehow looks in quite good condition (I think my healthy diet saved it through these years) I am aware I might have caused damage for the future.

    After your post about the Zelens offer I have been thinking of buying the Zelens z luminous serum as a splurge product for Christmas as a way to kickstart my new care and love of my skin! I've spent all weekend reading your blog trying to work out what would be best. Would this be soothing as well as hydrating and working for pigmentation? (I have pink scars from squeezing spots in my teens) and have easily scarred skin (inherited from the Chinese side of my family). After spending all weekend on your site reading I'm thinking of the Zelens or nude milk.
    My current routine is AM: nude clarifying cleansing oil, pixi glow tonic, Hydraluron, moisturiser
    PM Clinique TTDO, nude clarifying cleansing oil, pixi glow tonic, *need soothing hydrating serum* and I sometimes use ole Henriksen truth oil to help repair the pigmentation, but I would like something more hydrating and soothing to alternate with it,

    Sorry if this comment is a bit off topic, totally understand if you can't reply as you have so many comments to reply to, I wanted to find a way to ask you about this maybe more 'quietly' as I'm so confused, or to post this when it was a clinic, but just in the run up to Christmas am looking to get some of my Investment products and spend a bit more than I normally would, so any advice on a suitable hydrating soothing serum or the suitability of my current skincare routine would be so appreciated. Hope I will one day bump into you at a skincare counter somewhere in London so I can ask your advice! And more than anything else say THANK YOU THANK YOU for the help! Ruby xx

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    1. Invest in Antipodes Hosanna, it's my holy grail! :)

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  10. Have you tried the kiehls overnight hydrating mask? Has a bit of a tingle but when I wake my skin is lovely!

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  11. Hello Lady Hirons! I'm one of your newest students just been following your blog for the past semester - and vlog and Instagram and videos.. You make us feel Like stalkers because we get additicted to your humor and knowledge!!
    So, and even I still feel sometimes my skin is dry and others dehydrated then go mad and wish the wizard in you could settle all my doubts my questions are:
    1- treat your skin condition with a serum and skin type with moisturizer. Being 37 my main concern is treating signs of ageing mainly lack of firmness-I remember my grandmother having this bulldog cheeks if you know what I mean :)) but I also see the dehydration lines. Should we just alternate the serums or use a more effective moisturizer?
    2- when finishing the routine or 10m later I still feel the tightening in some parts of the face should I just layer more moisturizer? Could an hydrating serum be more effective although there's already moisturizer on the face so the penetration is not as high?
    3 - mainly in the summer when the skin doesn't feel dry or dehydrated can we use an moisturizer for combination or oily skin to not promote the pimples from excess of oils?
    Wishing you didn't laugh at the questions!!
    Love your work, it empowers us to think, analyze and make rational choices instead of following the naming of the products and trust the brands per Se without questioning what's in the jar!
    Ps - I've adopted the motto of not buying any product before testing it before to see how my skin reacts to it. Do you agree?
    Take care and may Le Bon be with you

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  12. What do you think about May Limdstrom's "the youth dew" oil?

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  13. Thanks for all you do, Caroline. I will be watching this space like a hawk because my skin is so dry it's not even funny anymore, I have applied my Aqualia Serum hourly three times in a row tonight and my skin is still like sandpaper :(

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    1. Hope you don't mind me replying. Vichy Aqualia is for dehydration, and your skin is dry so it won't do much for that. You need an oil based serum, or a facial oil.

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  14. In sunny FL (what I wouldn't give for a white winter!!) it hasn't really gotten cold, the humidity has finally begun to recede and you can almost feel the air getting dryer. I find myself reaching for Body Shops Vitamin E Serum in Oil and Vitamin E Moisture Cream, SR Juno, Tata Replenishing Nutrient Complex, my PTR Unwrinkle Peel pads, and my Clinique Moisture Surge anything. Are there any particular Spritzs, night creams, or masks you recommend at this time of year. By and large we don't turn our central heat on, we just shut off the A/C and revel in the colder weather. There are days where I would lover something a little more heavy duty but don't know what to grab for. Thank you for your help!!!! It's really saved my skin!

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  15. I've heard that hyaluronic acid is found in various forms in cosmetic products -- some are higher quality than others. Is that true or just PR?

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  16. Hi Caroline,
    My skin has been really bad, I think my skin is dehydrated based on reading your previous blog posts. It absorbs my products very quickly and I have milia now... I've always had clear skin. I started using LA Roche Cleansing Gel, hydraluron, pixi's glow tonic, and Nuxe Toning Lotion in the last 3 months in an attempt to fix break outs, milia and spots, that I started to get this summer. I also started to take fish oil (3,600 mg)by your recommendation, a few times a week (I'm trying for everyday but I forget sometimes). Please help! And thank you for you're blog, I (used) to get tons of compliments on my skin after using you're methods, my sister too :)
    P.S. sorry for the rant ;)

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  17. Malin + Goetz Vitamin E moisturiser is AMAZING! I never see it blogged about, but I've been using it every morning for 2 years. It's the most hydrating moisturiser I've ever used (and I used to work at Space NK so I've tried A LOT). It's oil free and not thick at all, so it's an incredible as a make-up base. I get mine from Space NK X

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  18. Hi Caroline,
    How is the Clarins HydraQuench range? I know you used to recommend it but then they changed the formula or something?
    Thanks :)

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  19. I love an overnight mask. The YonKa masque no.1 is a godsend for rehydrating and I also like Fresh overnight black tea mask. Then I seal in the hydration with a silicone based environmental protection serum/primer over my moisturizer.

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    1. Love that mask! And it lasted forever.

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  20. Hello! Excited to see the Hydra range! A question: Is the Hydra Nourish the same as the creme riche? I can not seem to locate Nourish here in the state's. Thank you.

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  21. Perer Thomas Rot's cucumber serum and Body Shop Vitamin E serum in oil are great when I'm in need of extra hydration along with Caudalie's grape water spray

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  22. - Thoughts on treating dehydration with facial oils - which are go-to's? (Isn't dehydration a lack of water in the skin, not oil?)
    - What are the best second cleansers for dehydrated skin/what to look for in a cleanser?

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  23. I'm constantly dehydrated on some level, but "hydrating" products break me out and products like Hydraluron is not enough (it does nothing for my surface dryness and combination skin. Nothing.).
    Can't do silicones or shea, not even a little bit. Tried jojoba oil but it made me itchy and dry.
    Looking for cruelty free and vegan products I can find in Scandinavia but they seem impossible to find.
    I'm basically looking for a unicorn.

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    1. Me too, until I discovered Radical Youth Infusion Serum. It's expensive but effortlessly sorted all the challenges you are mentioning above. VB x

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  24. Hello Caroline, I absolutely love your blog. I'm always looking forward to another post of yours.
    I like the Sebamed Pflegegel (don't know if that's avaliable in the UK) for my dehydration, and also Lierac Mesolift Serum. Also an oil on top of my moisturizer and underneath my SPF. What else yould you recommend for a 30-something? I fear the Chanel one can be a little too much for me. Thank you!

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  25. Dear Caroline,
    Thank you for being such an awesome and cool woman! Me and my sister were stuck on a train for 3 hours yesterday, and your videos made it fun!
    Now to my question. Could you recommend a good night creme for dehydrated and sensitive skin which also have aging benefits? I am 31 and I live in Sweden which is VERY dry and cold at the moment.
    I am also on the waiting list for your dream cult beauty box!
    Have a great week!

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  26. I'm really loving Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum (whew) from Vichy. It's the best hydrating serum I've tried. I'm constantly dehydrated after a round of Roaccutane last year and this really helps a lot. Looking forward to the posts! :)

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  27. For post hydrating treatment (serum) protection I have been using Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Balm with a few drops of MV Organics 100 % Pure Jojoba Oil. It is really protecting and seems to last all day. Also an excellent base for make up.

    www.gildedmagpie.com

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  28. Really looking forward to this week! I get very dehydrated in the winter and am in the hunt for a mask. I really liked one by Caudalie yonks ago and Clarins Hydraquench mask... Thanks! x

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  29. I use Vichy Aqualia serum at the moment. I also thought I'd try the All Good Things serum as well - any thoughts?

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  30. Great photo. Made me laugh on this Monday morning...
    Besides simply following your routine (for about two and a half years now, yeah!) specific products that have helped my once very dehydrated skin are Hydraluron, Hylamide, Clinique Moisture Surge overnight mask, Korean sheet masks, P50 and oils like Clarins Lotus oil and Pai Rosehip oil. Some evenings I reaply the oil with spritzes in between like you mentioned in one of your clinics.
    Could you maybe write about at-home "facials" - type of products and order? I find that always helps on very dry days.

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  31. Just in time... With the cold wind blowing, my skin has become very dehydrated.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  32. Oh thank GOD, my skin is in need of some hydration! I'm quite happy with my Vichy Aqualia Serum mixed with Odacite oil for the first layer, but need a really good moisturiser just for some extra oomph. I have oily skin so I'm always a bit scared to slap a thick layer of something on my skin in the morning in case my makeup slides off. But the thick stuff always seems to do a better job. Oh I don't know... maybe something for AM and something for PM?

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  33. I have oily skin and even slimies such as I are feeling pretty dehydrated currently. I'm going through bottles of Pixi glow mist, and sunday Riley Artemis is saving my life.

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  34. Could you please tell us how to know the difference between a water based serum and an oil based serum? Eg Does Odacite Hydration Serum go under or over Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair? Is the clue in the name?! Sorry if its a stupid question - still learning!!! Many thanks

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    1. No, the clue is in the ingredients. Check them.

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  35. Loving the Dior Hydra Life Serum (I'm sure there are more affordable ones but this was a gift) and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream on top of it during the day. The only combo that keeps my skin from feeling tight in our air conditioned office. I also love the Chanel range but it's a bit too pricey for me pre-Christmas gift shopping.

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  36. Been really in to Darphin products lately. Just bought the Darphin Hydraskin Rich All-Day Skin-Hydrating Cream from Escentual with 50% savings during Black Friday sales.

    Really want to splurge on the Intral range (I've got the toner), but would you recommend the Intral Soothing Cream or the recovery balm? I have both dehydrated and dry skin with a tendency to redness on my cheeks, I'm leaning towards the balm....

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    1. Hi Micha, I live in France where Darphin is very affordable- I adore the products. I have dehydrated skin this time of year with a bit of redness like you. The Intral cream isn't hydrating enough for me (but oddly the a good layer of the hydraskin light gel is). I've never tried the Intral balm but if you say you're dry, go for the balm as the cream really isn't very hydrating. I just picked up the Hyrdaskin rich!

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    2. Thank you! I love the Hydraskin Rich so far. <3
      I will try to get a sample of the Darphin Intral products before buying them full size, I just love the smell of the toner, and hope that the balms smells the same way! And hoping for a trip to France soon so I can get some products cheaper ;)

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    3. Me too, I can't live without the toner! The rest of the intral line smells like the toner, including the cleansing milk. The cleansing balm is fabulous too (not part of the intral line).

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  37. Should we be using oils differently in winter vs summer? I use Tata's replenishing complex. Thanx. You rock!

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  38. Dear skincare goddess, what would you recommend for a dehydrated oily skin, which turned into even more dehydrated due to retin-a use? I use cleansing balms,p50, hydrating mists, looking for an intense serum for hydration (currently Caudalie SOS), i think i need a good hydrating oil (for sandwiching as u call it). I love NARS hydrating mask, and i believe they help a lot with the flaking, my chin is suffering the most. I know it's not about having 1 miracle product that will change everything but any advice would be appreciated. Will start with the fish oil as well. Thanks to your advice i have the best skin i ever had, i know you probably hear this a lot but i'm thankful for the amazing free advice we get from you. And the vlogs...don't get me started on that :) I rarely comment, but dehydration is always a good topic so i think we will benefit a lot from this. Now i'm off reading the rest of the comments, i'll always find something amazing here!

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  39. Hello Mrs Hirons!
    So, for a bit of context, I'm 26, my skin is normal/combination and dehydrated, and like everybody, the dehydration gets worse around this time of the year. I used to have the Clarins Intense Bi-serum bout it never was enough as a serum...
    Thanks to your advice, I started a routine with:
    - on mornings, Ren Vita-mineral Omega 3 serum and Ren Vita-mineral Daily-supplement moisturizing cream (or L'Occitane Crème Confort Light when it's cold...)
    - on good evenings : Ren serum and Pixi Beauty sleep cream
    - on bad evenings : Clarins Oil "Orchidée Bleue" and Aveda Hydralba Cream (light)
    And I must say, for now, my skin feels better than in the previous years... Of course, I do double cleanse, double tone, etc, etc... I'm a very good student! ^^
    And for eye cream, as I can't seem to find a cream hydrating enough,so I use Avocado Oil, and it's amazing! :D
    Also, on no-make up days, for a quick fix, the Clinique Moisture Surge face spray is amazing!

    It'd be great if you could give us a review about Pixi's Hydrating Milky serum, and about Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Dawn

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  40. I'm not 100% sure this is a dehydration issue, but here goes: This summer after dying my hair lighter by a couple shades I noticed hair loss at the temples from what I assumed was over-processing. I started using OGX Kerratin Anti-Breakage (which I noticed you had in your empties vid recently) and some conditioning treatments, and kept with the usual skin routine.

    Now that it's cooler I'm noticing my skin and scalp at those very same areas are dryer than usual and tend to get pimples. The hair that remains there is growing well but most of what broke off hasn't returned. I'm thinking that I may have damaged the scalp more than I realized and was wondering what a good product would be?

    I know you talked about Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum a few months ago -- would that be a good choice? Thanks!

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  41. Hi Caroline. Brilliantly timed post as my skin is really suffering at the moment, like a lot of other peoples! I'm 28 and have some fine lines under my eyes, I'm not sure if these are wrinkles or due to my under eye area being just as dehydrated as the rest of my face. My eyes aren't puffy and I don't have really dark circles, just slightly dark. Could you recommend an anti-aging / hydrating eye cream please?

    Also I really love the Clinique Moisture Surge spray you recommended! I've gone through 3 bottles now and it really does help with the dehydration without clogging my skin. I tried the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum but I have really sensitive skin and it seemed to irritate my cheeks and make them more sensitive and red.

    Thanks so much!

    Jo

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  42. Hi Caroline, great post for this time of the year. I definitely have dehydrated skin so your posts will really help - thank you! I do like both Dermalogica Ultrarich Body Cream and Aveeno Skin Relief for the body, I know it's not face related but would be good if you could also post your fave products to keep the body hydrated too! Thank you xx

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  43. Hello Dear Caroline !
    Would love a Vichy aqualia vs Caudalie Vinosource serums !
    Thank you so much !

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  44. Love the photo, haha. I'm always telling my Mum to drink more, and say "do you want to look like a grape, or a raisin?"

    My life saver for dehydrated skin is Hydraluron...dream product.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger x

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  45. Help, what do you recommend for my 57 year old, very sensitive, eczema prone, dried out, sore neck? No matter what I slap on it, it still looks red and sore. I don't want to go down the cortisone route, and I've tried Avène, Aderma, Bioderma, La Roche Posay creams (living in France is great for pharmacy products), even Sudocrem ... but my neck looks so much older than my face. Your wise words would be most welcome. ps please do more blogs for older skin.

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  46. I am both dry and dehydrated all the time. But both are especially amped up during this season, which is just lovely -__- The stuff that truly works for me for dehydration are Japanese hyaluronic acid products. My favourites are Hada Labo HA Lotion and Aquamoist HA Essence.

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  47. My skin is loving pixi glow mist, chanel hydra beauty micro serum and ks dilo oil in this crappy weather! I love your blog and treat myself to a new goody once a fortnight! My skin is looking pretty damn good! If only my extremely dark circles and huge bags would bog off as eye cream doesn't seem to touch them :( x

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  48. Hello Caroline,

    I'm a 30 year old female, who like many of the folks above are suffering dehydration or fines. I find I'm particularly dehydrated on my forehead. I guess from swotting up on your cheat sheets that the best way to address this, is in the serum stage.. I have sensitive/ reactive skin -prone to redness/ Rosacea. In the AM, I use Hydraluron, Vichy Aqualia serum, Zelens 3T. At night- Lauder ANR or Zelens Youth Concentrate, Clarins Blue Orchid Oil & Zelens 3T. Is there something I can supercharge this up with for winter?

    Thanks as always Caroline!

    Kim x

    PS. I just want to say, how grateful I am that someone like you exists in the media- intelligent, generous & forthright. Not to mention, how much your skin advice has really helped with my Rosacea.

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  49. I would say drinking water and scoffing enough omega oils is critical. And there was a by Terry mask - Masque Nutri Rose - that was Incredible if left on over night. But when I looked online it seems to have been discontinued. Any good facial oil used after a mist should help. Products with refined Advocado oil ( Antipodes for example) seem particularly good for parched skin

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  50. hi caroline,
    have you tried and/or like josie maran argan oil? haven't seen it mentioned here but would love your insight.
    thanks,
    zeena

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      My sister and I have been using Josie's products for about 5 years. I mainly use in the morning after serum and let it sink in. It just plumps everything up a bit. Then I layer a light moisturizer over it before my make up. Love her products for body as well.

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    2. Josie Maran argan oil has worked wonders on my skin. Seriously. My skin tone has improved massively in the two years I've been using it and I'm also producing a lot less oil in my T zone, I would sing its praises to everyone. I used to use it solely in place of a moisturiser (using more than a few drops each time!) while I was in the "skin fixing" stage. Now I'm in a maintenance phase, after cleansing I use a couple of drops then follow with a gel moisturiser (I use the Hydraluron moisture jelly). I use it both morning and night.

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  51. Hi Caroline, would like to know yours thoughts on NIOD hyaluronic acid complex....and is it more "anti-ageing" than hyalamide? Which one is more hydrating? Oh just had great idea for a post.....your top 10 hydration products! A x

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  52. If you could please do a comparison or comment on the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum and Avene Soothing hydrating serum, or if you have any recommendations for solid French pharmacy product for dehydrated skin, 'cause they're the easiest to get in Croatia.

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  53. Hi Caroline, I love your blog....
    I'm currently using Clarins Hydraquench (serum and daily lotion) and Clarins Blue Orchid Oil. Sometimes I'll use Lancome Hydrazen cream, it's good for winter otherwise a bit too heavy for acne prone skin. Few years ago I was using Aquasourse range from Biotherm which was fantastic but unfortunately no longer available in UK. What you think, does it get your approval? Would love to know what would be good product for combination acne prone dehydrated skin (no citrus as I'm allergic)?
    Many thanks, Natalia

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    1. How do you like the HydraQuench serum vs daily lotion? I've been eyeing up the daily lotion, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. But that serum... I'm nearly through my bottle, and the backup is ready in my cabinet.

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  54. my favourite hydrating products:

    glamglow thirstymud mask. this mask works wonder and has the best sensation of feeling (skin feels cool really) and smelling. i normally use it as a overnight mask, always see a plump skin after morning wash.

    paula's choice skin recovery hydrating treatment mask. once its set on face, its pat dry, so i dont need to worry it stains on the pillow case when i sleep on side. the price is not expensive though for how it works.

    also a lot of sheet masks stored in the fridge from asian dr brands with vitamin A C E

    im using verso super facial serum, not particular feeling hydrating yet not dry at all with kiehl's supper multi corrective cream (this stuff is seriously good, i tried the tester first and fell in love straight away, it is very smooth and very hydrating, feel like it has mixed some oil in it) on top.

    there are also other good products out there, it is just they are not as impressive as the glamglow one. love!!!

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  55. I like this serum a lot: Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum. And the Hydraskin Light Gel Cream from the same range.
    Also love the Clarins Masque Crème "Anti-soif" Multi-Hydratant.

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  56. Mrs. Caroline, thank you for getting my skin to where it is today! I've got a few favorites that I haven't seen mentioned in your blog, along with a handy tip from my optometrist. My eyes (just like my skin) gets dehydrated easily, and it makes wearing contacts a pain. My optometrist recommends using a warm wash cloth on the eyes for a bit (a minute) in order for the pores to release a bit of oil necessary to lubricate the eyeballs.

    Here's a few products that I enjoy that I haven't seen on your blog yet. Fyi, I live in the states, near Seattle. My profession is a consulting engineer on construction sites, which means half the time I'm outdoors in the bitter cold, or I'm indoors with fans blasting on my face with a gnarly combination of sawdust/drywall/paint/VOC's. There's a reason why construction people have weathered faces!

    Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser: Haven't really seen much of the brand on here. Non-foaming, hydrating, some acid's, and general all around comfort for a second cleanse.
    Kate Somerville True Lash eye makeup remover: a cream/lotion formulation for tired itchy dry eyes. And my lashes have been thicker since using!
    Clarins HydraQuench intensive serum bi-phase: this is my winter version of hydraluron, when the relative humidity stays below 40%. If hydraluron decided to be dewey, this would be it.
    Radical Skin Perfecting Screen spf 30: my prior sunscreen was kate somerville's daily deflector, but this edged it out by being more comfortable on the skin, and a slight tint/glow so it can be worn on it's own.
    Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber gel mask: i never use this for it's intended purpose. Typically, it's a backup barrier for days that dip below the freezing point, and the scary outdoors can't be avoided. Great at sealing in skincare, and not a single person at work/grocery store/girlfriend has ever noticed I'm wearing a face mask. Also used on any dry patches to prevent lotion from escaping or evaporating off the skin.

    Goodness, this is such an exciting week between the box of dreams and dehydration week! Can't wait to buy the box! :D

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  57. Hi Caroline, I'm 20 y/o and I think my skin is really dehydrated!! It's normally oily/combination, with dryer parts on my cheeks, so I find it really hard finding products that are moisturising enough for my cheeks without making my t-zone, nose and chin worse! I know that dry is different to dehydrated so maybe i'm looking for the wrong thing in products, but I've been using the LRP Effacer H moisturiser and i feel like my face just drinks it up! i've now added hydraluron before the moisturiser but haven't noticed any difference.
    I feel like i'm breaking out on my cheeks from dryness or whatever it is, I often find i have small under the surface bumps that just generally feel angry, so have cut down on my use of Pixi glow tonic and FAB radiance pads because i assumed its just exacerbating it!!
    I know you're very busy so can't reply to everything individually but if you could recommend this week any products for dry/dehydrated skin that won't irritate my oilier skin I'd be so so grateful! i'm a student so can't afford to buy lots of serums and have in the past found that the more simple i keep my routine the better (I cleanse, either acid tone or just spray serozinc, then use hydraluron and moisturiser) so have shied away from buying oils/serums in case they're a waste of money for me!
    I realise i keep going on and on so I'll stop but just thank you anyway for all your help, I've been watching your vlogs they're hysterical! I have such respect for people like you who open themselves up to YouTube and blogging who help so many of us around the world :)

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    1. Maybe my suggestions printed below may help you!

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  58. Hi Caroline, so lovely to read your posts and watch your videos as always! Would you have any thoughts on these hydrating sleeping masks - Dr. Jart, Amore Pacific and Skin Inc. I recently discovered a hydrating sheet mask and my skin loved the drink of water. But I am looking for something out of a tube now and these names came up. Pl let us know if you like any of them. Thank you!

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  59. Hi Caroline,
    Before I read your blog I was using a foaming face wash and oil free moisturiser.
    Anyhow, now that I have a bit more sense, (thanks to you,) I layer nightly ANR, Juno, Olay regenerist, and then I apply Vichy Aqualia Thermal during the night after a few hours of central heating. (I don't set an alarm or anything, I have a baby that wakes A LOT!)
    I also find the Clinique moisture surge mask quite good.
    I find that even though I have dehydrated oily skin (and rosacea), a heavy water based moisturiser isn't enough and need the oils too. If that makes sense...
    Kirsten

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  60. One of my favourite serum to hydrate my skin is the Eclafutur from the japanese brand Albion, a good day serum !

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  61. Oh can you talk more about the HydraQuench range from Clarins.

    I've been using the Blue Orchid oil for ages but I've not tried the Hydraquench range so far. What do you thing about it? Is it good.

    Thanks,

    Rébecca

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  62. Origins Drink up intensive mask and clinique moisture surge range.

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  63. If you can get hold of this range Dr G Hydra Intensive (from Korea). Tried and tested in dry dry weather of New Zealand for 2 weeks. (am originally from Malaysia where its humid all year long)

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  64. I find using rose water and the Paula's Choice Toner Earth Sourced both good after washing my skin with tap water.Its the hard water which really dries my skin out so its best to remove whatever calcium deposits etc are left on the skin before using an oil or serum and then a moisturiser.I like Bioderma serum for very dehydrated skin and Bioderma moisturiser for sensitive intolerant skin.Both work well together to hydrate,soothe and protect.Hope that helps somebody as all these suggestions are not too expensive and work really well for sensitive dehydrated skin types which get irritated easily by heavy active products.

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  65. Ps also loving Caudalie grape water spray.Great to use in morning/evening routines and throughout the day to hydrate the skin.Its not too expensive and really helps to calm the skin.My other favourite is Sisley floral water spray but that you need to take a mortgage out for!

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  66. Hi Caroline! I have really dehydrated skin, but it's combination and I have a lot of blackheads and the ocasional (there are always some) spots. So a lot of imperfections and really problematic skin (Im 25 by the way). What product would you recommend to hydrate without making the blackheads or anything worse? And woch acid tiene is the best to reduce the black heads? Thank you!

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