Summary of the issue

Dehydrated skin: warning signs

Dry or dehydrated? The difference is important, because while dry skin needs to be nourished, dehydrated skin also and above all needs hydration! Here are some tips on how to tell them apart and give your dehydrated skin the care it needs.

Dehydrated skin: thirsty skin that can no longer retain moisture effectively

The fundamental difference between dry and dehydrated skin is that dry skin is permanently dry, while dehydrated skin is only dry at times. This temporary state can affect all skin types: oily, combination, normal... or dry. The times when it is most prevalent are periods of hormonal upheaval and seasonal changes. In summer and winter, the skin is particularly susceptible to dehydration: cold, wind and sun have an effect on the epidermis, which is no longer able to retain moisture. Inadequate products, frequent shaving or even showers with water that is too hot are other factors that contribute to the dehydration of the skin, which can be felt as well as seen.

Is my skin dry or dehydrated?


To reduce the dehydration of my skin and in addition to my creams, I apply a serum at least once a day, but most often in the morning and evening.

Dehydrated skin: rough and wrinkled skin

Dehydrated skin is thirsty skin. How can I detect these signs of dehydration? If fine lines are visible at the corner of the eyes or on the cheeks, and flakes (small dead skin cells) appear after you apply make-up, your skin is most likely dehydrated.

More rarely, especially in winter, flakes may also appear on the corner of the eyebrows and on the wings of the nose. This is another sign that it is urgent to moisturise your skin.

During the day, remember to carry a thermal water spray and spray a fine mist on your face as soon as you notice these signs on your skin, while waiting to moisturise it more thoroughly in the evening.

How to moisturise your face


Dehydrated skin: dull skin that lacks suppleness

Dehydrated skin also tends to feel tight and lacks luminosity.

Restore radiance to dehydrated skin

Dehydrated skin is always dull. This lack of luminosity and radiance can be corrected with a little make-up, but there are a few rules to know. Moisturise with a serum followed by a moisturiser and brighten with a touch of fluid foundation that is not too dark. Reduce dehydration lines by patting with a sponge. 

Restore comfort to dehydrated skin

If your skin feels tight, appears red and is lacking in softness after a shower, a walk outside in cold, dry weather or in an overheated room, it is very likely to be experiencing dehydration. Try a moisturiser specifically formulated for dehydrated skin.


Dry skin and dehydrated skin don’t have the same needs. How do you get it right?

Read the labels of your facial care products carefully: dehydrated skin needs small amounts of oils to restore the hydrolipidic film and barrier function of the epidermis, and large amounts of moisturising ingredients to keep the skin hydrated.

It is therefore advisable to opt for "moisturising" or "rehydrating" products, in the form of emulsion (for oily, combination and normal skin), cream (for dry skin), or gel (for all skin types). And to boost hydration, there's nothing like a serum treatment at each change of season!

How can you restore balance to the skin?

Best practices for hydrating your skin

During periods when your skin is dehydrated, choose warm water over hot water to cleanse your face and body, so as not to exacerbate the dehydration of the skin. 
And make moisturising masks part of your routine: applied in the evening and left on overnight, they will ensure that you wake up with supple skin and a glowing complexion.

In the same range


Avène Thermal Spring Water skincare products designed to rehydrate your skin

Hydrance Aqua-Gel Hydrating Aqua Cream-in-Gel

Hydrance Aqua-Gel Hydrating Aqua Crea...

Refreshes - Hydrates

Hydrance Light Hydrating Emulsion

Hydrance Light Hydrating Emulsion


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