An untrained eye might not notice if skin is dehydrated, but there are two kinds of dehydration and they both display the same set of symptoms: lustre is lacking and the skin is rough and dry to the touch. The first kind of dehydrated skin can be found on a normal or matte complexion with small pores, where the dehydration simply results from not drinking enough water during the day (like most of us). The other kind is an oilier complexion with larger pores due to spending too much time in front of the computer (which most of us do). Dehydrated skin is as common as normal skin is rare.

(L-R: Murad Essiental-C Toner, Clarins Hydra-Quench Cream Gel, Comfort Zone Renight, Phyris Hyaluron Sensation Mask, Terre d’Oc Pure Argan Regenerating Oil)

A person with dehydrated skin obviously needs to start drinking more water and if computer-bound should use moisturising sprays regularly when in front of the screen, preferably a product with vitamin C such as Murad Essiental-C Toner. Also, choose skin care with anti-oxidants and/or hyaluronic acid or polyhydroxy acids. Calming bisabolol is a good option, too, if you have time to read the ingredients list. Clarins Hydra-Quench Cream Gel contains hyaluronic acid, as does gel mask Phyris Hyaluron Sensation Mask and Comfort Zone Renight (the latter is spiked with goji berries, a powerful antioxidant).

If you prefer natural skincare then both argan and almond oils are good for your skin. Try Terre d’Oc Pure Argan Regenerating Oil. © Cover Media