Friday, July 5, 2013

The Equation to Quench Dehydrated Skin

I'm ashamed to admit that I took incredibly poor care of myself this past weekend. I was already coming down with an unpleasant summer cold (strike one), I obviously didn't drink enough water (strike two) and then deemed it a good idea to stay out until three in the morning on Saturday (strike three). I won't lie to you and say I was miserable ... I had an incredible time, but when I woke up on Sunday morning with facial skin that felt drier than the Sahara Desert I began to regret my poor decision making skills. 

In an attempt to rectify my error, I threw open the vanity cabinet searching for my most tried and true products. Simply applying a thick layer of moisturizer didn't seem quite hydrating enough, while my selection of serums felt too thin to combat the parched state of my skin. After careful consideration and a bit of experimentation, I stumbled upon a combination of products/textures that shall hereafter be known chez Getting Cheeky as the equation to quench unpleasantly dehydrated skin. 

Facial oil plus go-to, no-fuss moisturizer equals happy, quenched skin. 

In an attempt to get my skin back on track for the long term, I first applied a more generous than normal layer of Decléor's Aromessence Rose d'Orient Soothing Serum (review here) which essentially amounts to a heavy face oil, not unlike REN's Rose O12 Ultra-Moisture Serum (review here). Though Decléor's serum was my potion of choice, any similar skin oil will do the trick. I also adore May Lindstrom's The Youth Dew and Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. 

After allowing the oil to absorb into my skin I then applied another thicker than average layer of my go-to moisturizer, Embryolisse's cult favorite Lait-Crème Concentré. The effect on my skin practically had me sighing out loud as though I'd taken a drink from a large, icy glass of water on a hot summers day. The oil had absorbed deep into my skin moisturizing, conditioning and paving the way for a layer of creamy hydration that sealed in the work the oil had already accomplished. (Highly technical terms, eh?)

The relatively quick boost of moisture I provided my sorry skin remedied my excessive facial dehydration and also forestalled any averse effects I would have seen later in the week (dry patches, uneven tone) particularly as a result of my cold. Though it's not often that I so blatantly mistreat myself, you can bet that this is a trick I will unquestionably be keeping up my sleeve for future reference.

What are your tried and true tips to kick start the hydration or general health of your skin?