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How to
moisturise your face

How to treat dehydrated skin

Regardless of your skin type, from dry to oily, it is essential to ensure that your face is thoroughly hydrated on a daily basis and sometimes several applications in a day. Disregard any notion that moisturising is only necessary for those with dry skin.

All skin types can suffer from temporary dehydration. Just like your body needs water, it’s only natural that your face feels the same need for its moisture. That “thirst” or lack of hydration feels like discomfort, tightness and skin that is dried out.

Your face is particularly sensitive, so listening to your skin and learning how to recognise its unique needs are the first steps towards the journey to a glowing complexion.

Our experts have prepared this guide on how to hydrate skin to share their tips and tricks that you could work into your daily rituals with ease! Start out slow by getting into the habit of a daily moisturising ritual or a weekly face mask. Your path to a hydrated and glowing skin is not a race, it is a journey.

Our nature-derived, moisturising serums, creams and masks have been formulated to help you on the way.

01 What causes dehydrated skin?

What causes dehydrated skin?



Temperature changes, rain, cold, air conditioning and pollution are just some of the daily external factors that can damage the natural hydration of your skin and make your face feel dehydrated. We're all exposed to these temperature changes several times a day, at home, in the street to going out shopping! It's not extreme conditions but the effect of everyday life at the source of this discomfort.

Other factors include:

  • External stressors - such as the sun, cold and pollution as well as humidity changes can make your skin become uncomfortable and lose its glow.
  • Body changes - these unavoidable factors, internal culprits add up over time, like skin ageing, genes, menopause and even certain illnesses.
  • Harsh cosmetics, too much make-up and cleansing products with high pH levels - can also trigger these issues and occasionally leave the skin feeling uncomfortable and less supple.
  • Tobacco and alcohol
  • Stress and fatigue

Follow the advice of our beauty experts to understand how to recognise your skin’s needs. Use moisturising products that give your face the ingredients required to keep your skin healthy, supple and smooth. The Clarins range has a variety of moisturisers, oils and masks.

Dehydration can be mistaken for other skin problems, making it difficult to diagnose. The only way to know if your skin needs moisturising is by looking at it and finding the best routine that suits you and your skin type. Ready for a little lesson on hydration?



02 Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

Dry skin is a skin type characterised by a lack of natural oils and moisture, which can lead to itchy and flaky skin. Whereas, dehydrated skin is a skin condition that occurs when the skin does not have enough water to function properly. It can be caused by environmental factors, such as cold weather, air conditioning, or excessive sun exposure, therefore leading to skin feeling tight, dry and dull.

What causes tired skin?

Tired skin comes from a lack of hydration that dull, darkened under eye look is likely due to unmoisturized skin. So you’re probably wondering how to make tired skin better, it’s always best to make sure you’re eating well and getting enough sleep for you. Moisturising helps to lighten eyes and rejuvenate your skin.

Have a look at our table below which summarises the differences below:

Signs of dry skin Signs of dehydrated skin
  • Lack of sebum in skin’s outer layer
  • Scaly appearance or patchiness
  • Redness and irritation
  • Tightness
  • Small, visible pores
  • Compromised moisture barrier
  • Temporary skin state
  • Tired appearance - this can appear in darker under-eyes and the overall eye appearance
  • Itchiness
  • Dull skin

Dry skin needs to be moisturised and nourished every day, morning and night, with a lipid-rich cream or nutrient-dense oil. To repair dry skin, lipids and water are the two ingredients required to restore softness and comfort. Dry skin is often sensitive and particularly vulnerable to external stressors.

Our top beauty tip: Your skin will show fine dehydration lines when you pinch your cheek gently between two fingers, just below the eye. Try it for yourself!

03 How to treat dehydrated skin?

How to treat dehydrated skin?

Protect and replenish your face.

Since your skin has to deal with stressors daily, it needs to be carefully hydrated with sustainable skincare that contains moisturising properties.

Our skincare experts have found a way to boost the natural hydration process and compensate for lack of water and skin dryness. The moisturising Hydra-Essentiel range is the perfect ally for dehydrated skin.

04 What are the benefits of using the Hydra-Essentiel skincare range?

Clarins Hydration Range

There are so many benefits of the Hydra-Essentiel range, let’s start with the fact that it’s enriched with organic leaf of life extract, offering outstanding hydration power! Paired with our unique Hyaluronic Power Complex for a double dose of hyaluronic acid, you can expect this range to give twice as much long-lasting hydration.

Other benefits include:

  • Water retention - Thanks to its double dose of hyaluronic acid, these facial natural skincare products stimulate moisture and encourage the creation of hyaluronic acid.
  • Targeted skincare - Because the skin has different needs depending on the time of day, Clarins has developed expertise in skin chronobiology.
  • Adapted formulas to the skin’s daily cycle - In the morning, use day care products to hydrate and lastingly replump skin exposed to daily aggressors. At night, use the night cream to intensely replenish thirsty skin, while reducing dehydration lines for smooth, plump and radiant skin in the morning.

The Hydra-Essentiel range offers formulas adapted to the skin's rhythm. For mature skin, pair with our anti-aging products for glowing, smooth complexions.

05 Which products are best for dehydrated skin?

Which products are best for dehydrated skin?

There are many ways to approach the best routine for dehydrated skin, however we understand that you may not have time to follow your usual step-by-step prep sometimes. Not to worry! We’ve provided a few eco-friendly beauty products to use to put this into action.

  • For skin regeneration, gently remove impurities and eliminate dead cells, exfoliate once or twice a week with gentle Comfort Scrub.
  • If you’re in an emergency, you can compensate for the lack of hydration with an SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask. This speedy treatment immerses the face in a fountain of coolness and intense moisturising. Taking only a few minutes, either in the morning or evening, it provides deep hydration to the skin, leaving it sublimely soft and illuminated.

Our top beauty tip: To  maximise the results of your mask: add 1 or 2 drops of rebalancing Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, made from 100% pure plant extracts and essential oils.

  • Make a spritz of Hydrating Multi-Protection Mist as part of your daily routine to refresh, hydrate and prepare your skin properly before applying moisturiser.
  • Boost hydration with a few drops of a Hydra-Essentiel [HA²] Emulsion, then hydrate intensely with a suitable moisturiser - that's the Clarins experts’ beauty secret to pampering a dehydrated face! In the evening, complete your routine with the night cream, for plumped and glowing skin in the morning.
  • Take the time to hydrate and rest your eyes with an Eye Mask. In just 10 minutes, your eye contour regains a fresh and relaxed look. The skin is smoother, dark circles appear reduced thanks to horse chestnut aescin, and signs of tiredness fade away. You can also apply in the evening and leave to work overnight.
  • To complete this extreme hydration routine, Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm with blue lotus wax repairs and moisturises the lips with a nourishing layer, and gives your lips a pretty rosy hue.

To bring your routine together, you may want to add a touch of Clarins make up to give your face a luminous glow!

One last piece of advice: every day you should drink at least 1.5 litres of water! Keeping your body hydrated is vital for keeping your body refreshed, preserving suppleness of your skin as well as its overall health.

On your marks, get set, hydrate!

*not present in Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum

06 What other steps can I try to rehydrate my face?

What other steps can I try to rehydrate my face?

To prepare the skin for moisturising products, Clarins has enriched its range with Hydra-Essentiel Mist. Best applied when you wake up in the morning, the mist will wake up your face with the hydrating power of its natural ingredients.

Thousands of tiny droplets provide your face with the protection and hydration it needs for whatever the day may bring. All the cells in the epidermis will be bathed in freshness and soak up the moisturising ingredients they need to stay healthy. The soothing effects of the mist will leave your skin feeling soft and intensely moisturised, primed for the benefits of a moisturiser. You can also use the Hydra-Essentiel mist at night to give you a full 24 hours of comfort.

Brimming with ingredients essential for hydration, you’ll love the feeling of absolute well-being that this moisturising product provides. Make this new hydrating step part of your beauty routine and it’ll quickly become an indispensable part of your daily routine!

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How do I know if my skin is sensitive?

Blotchy one day; red and irritated the next—your skin reacts to every little thing, becoming dry, very dry, dehydrated, even extra-oily—symptoms that can occur at any age.

How to get glowing skin?

Depending on the season, your skin is exposed to harsh environmental influences like sun, cold, wind, pollution, heating, air-conditioning, or sudden temperature swings—aggressors that can leave it looking dry, dull and weathered…old before its time.