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9 Sep 2013

Keeping the skin hydrated - Part 1 The Masks

One thing every skin type is prone to, is dehydration, so It's important to keep the skin hydrated. Many things can cause the skin to become dehydrated, smoking, unhealthy food, coffee, not drinking enough water, cold, wind, sun, there is literally so many things that can cause it. When I say dehydrated though, I don't mean dry. Sometimes the two can get confused and often people don't realise their skin is dehydrated because it doesn't appear to be dry. Dehydrated skin doesn't have to be dry. The difference between the two is that dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water.  A good explanation of the two can be found on Pai Skincare Blog. It's worth a read, as it does point out the differences, in an easy to understand way.

I can tell pretty easily when my skin is starting to become a little dehydrated. I start to notice the oil on my face getting worse and spreading away from my tzone. My cheeks started to become oily and also my makeup starts to go patchy throughout the day. Basically my skin starts to over-produce oil to try and rehydrate my skin. That's when I know I've fell off the healthy wagon and I'm not drinking enough water and I'm eating too much crappy food.

To prevent this from happening, there's a number of skincare products I use. Today's post is focusing on the masks. If I'm honest, I should start drinking less coffee and more water, quit smoking and eat less shitty foods. We all have our vice's in life though right? I just happen to have a shit load.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask and Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask


Hydrating Face Masks


I apply both these masks once a week. Clarins Hydraquench Cream Mask is an intensive instant type of mask. It states to apply and leave on for 10 minutes, In which time the ingredients of Hyaluronic acid (helps maintain its moisture reserves) Katafray bark (restructures skin's protective outermost layers, limits dehydration) and Sobier tree bud (stimulates radiance-boosting microcirculation) get to work on the skin. I like to leave mine on for a little longer though and sometimes apply a very thin layer and leave it on overnight. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, is more like an intensive overnight moisturiser to me. It works through the night penetrating the skin to replenish lost moisture and builds reserves for the following morning. 

Both masks provide the same results on my skin. Hydrated, soft, plump skin. They both help to keep my the oil in my skin to a minimum, as basically its getting enough moisture so my skin doesn't need to produce extra oil to compensate for lack of moisture. I wouldn't be without either of them. They have become staples in my routine. Staples which I see as providing my skin is an intensive drink of water. Although they are both quite pricey, a little does goes a long way. Only a small amount of both needs to be applied and the results are soft, supple, hydrated skin.

Coming soon: Part 2 - The Serums


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