Finding a serum to suit your skin's concerns can be quite the tricky business. Do you want a moisturising serum, a spot-targeting serum (hey, niacinamide), a vitamin C serum...? The list is pretty much endless.
Luckily for you, we're here to help, and if you're someone with a combination to oily skin type, keep reading, because I think the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum is what you're looking for.
If you landed on this page as someone with dry skin, thinking that dry and dehydrated are the same thing, then buckle in, because you're in for some schooling.
What's the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
While dry skin is usually referred to as a skin type, dehydrated skin is a skin concern. As such, dry skin denotes a natural lack of oil in the skin, where as dehydrated skin describes a lack of water.
Thankfully, with regards to the latter, it's actually quite easy to treat dehydrated skin. You just need to switch up your skincare routine and, of course, DRINK MORE WATER 👏👏👏.
Now, before we move on, I should clarify that not all oily skins are dehydrated, but it's common for the two things to go hand in hand because excess oil production can the skin's way of overcompensating for a lack of water.
How can I tell if I have dehydrated skin?
According to celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau, dehydrated skin is a symptom of normal, combination or oily skin types and will likely feel tight. She also adds that it's a common concern among acne prone skins when using harsh products in an attempt to reduce blemishes. In reality, these products "strip the skin of water," she says.
How can I treat my dehydrated skin?
A key buzzword for dehyrdated skin is the Queen of skincare ingredients, hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid works by attracting moisture to the surface of the skin (the epidermis) to ensure maximum hydration from both your skincare products and the moisture in the air around you. Cool, right?
In order to treat dehydrated skin, you need two things: water and hyaluronic acid. So you're going to want a serum that has plenty of both.
Enter the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum.
Is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum good?
Promising 48-hour hydration with hyaluronic acid and mineral-rich water, the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum is a light, thirst-quenching serum that feels like it's doing the job from the moment it hits the skin.
I've been using this product since my teens and not only is it a great product for teens - it's gentle and contains no mineral oil (YAY) - but also, it's just an all-round safe bet for most normal to oily skin types.
The Aqualia Thermal Serum really does feel like splashing a burst of cool water all over your face, it has a barely-there feel and it works excellently under make-up.
I can't rave about it enough and, to add to its excellency, it costs less than £20 and you can have it on your doorstep tomorrow with Amazon Prime (I'm a sucker for next day delivery...).
So, what are you waiting for?
SHOP: my favourite serum for dehydrated skin
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Purchase made? You're well on your way to hydrated skin now, so just sit back and relax and think about that smiley Amazon box arriving on your doorstep tomorrow morning. Ahhh, it's like Christmas has come early.
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My eyelashes? You say.
Yes. We reply. You're eyelashes. Well, if you find yourself in the droopy eyelashes club, that is.
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Go on, off you go on your way to your curliest, most defined lashes yet.