The best way to hydrate skin… drinking water. I know, I know. You hear this all the time, that water will solve all your beauty problems. But in this case, it’s true. You hydrate yourself through your blood vessels which delivers moisturize to your skin. Moisturizer and it’s emollients (what makes moisturizers thick and gloppy) helps lock the moisture in and keeps it from leaving the skin/evaporating into the air, so go for thicker creams at night with more emollients. So addressing the two issues, keeping the skin’s water/moisture content high and preventing said moisture from leaving is the key to happy, hydrated skin. Resulting in skin loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid being so popular right now, because hyaluronic acid can hold 100x it’s weight in water keeping more water and moisture trapped in your skin.
Try applying moisturizer and oils while your skin is still damp. Applying skin care to damp skin will help the product better absorb and your skin will drink up that excess water while the skin care locks it in. Some ways to make sure your skin is damp before applying moisturizer is to use some sink water, evian water or rose water spray prior or to use a toner or essence and immediately apply your moisturizer while the skin is still damp. Applying oils to damp skin helps the oil sink in almost instantly to prevent a film of oil on your face.
Dry skin vs dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin can happen any and all skin types. Dry skin is when your skin doesn’t produce enough natural oils and dehydrated skin is when your skin lacks moisture/water but can still get oily. So if you’re confused that your skin seems dry, flakey but also oily, double up on your water intake and lock that water in with heavy moisturizers at night (preferably with Hyaluronic Acid to retain the water). Dehydration can happen in skin when it’s in a dry outside, in a cold climate, if you sleep with the AC on, not drinking enough water, etc. A great moisturizer for dehydrated skin would be Dr Jart Ceramindin Cream because ceramides in skincare work like hyaluronic acid to prevent water loss in the epidermis. If your skin is dry because your pores aren’t producing enough oil then you can try moisturizers with added oils like almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, etc like Keihls Ultra Facial Moisturizeror opting for straight up oils which I find to be more moisturizing. Some of my favorite oils are rose hip oil (affordable),Sunday Riley Juno Oil, Paula’s Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster(currently on sale). You can even use both oils + oils in moisturizer if your skin is very dry or dry + dehydrated. Just remember oils can penetrate moisturizers but not vice versa, so moisturizer first then oil.