An Expert's Guide to Tackling Dehydration

Dehydration is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting all skin types and ages. It is often mistaken for other skin concerns as it can cause sensitivity, flaky skin, fine lines, and even breakouts. Keep reading as we explain exactly how to tackle dehydration with advice from our in-house experts and brands of The Rehydrate Box.

What is dehydration?

Dehydration is a lack of water within the skin. People with all skin types and concerns can experience dehydration – yes, even if you are oily. In fact, if your skin is severely dehydrated, you may find that your skin overproduces oil.

It’s important to note that there is a difference between dehydrated and dry skin…

While dry skin is typically genetically influenced, hormonal and environmental changes (such as cold weather) and the overuse of high-strength actives can also cause dryness.

How to spot dehydration

A tell-tale sign of dehydration is tightness accompanied by fine lines and a dull complexion. Your skin may also feel papery, itchy and dry with flaky patches and, in severe cases, a shiny, oily appearance. 

What is the difference between hydration and moisturisation?

Hydration is increasing the skin’s water content. This is usually done through hydrating essences, mists and serums, which will contain water alongside humectant ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, to help to attract and retain the water.

Moisturisation, on the other hand, is primarily used to lock in hydration and prevent water loss. This will ensure that the hydration added through your routine is sealed in.

Introducing The Rehydrate Box, your one-stop shop for hydrated skin.

At Skin Rocks, we believe in always treating dehydration first before addressing any other concerns. As everyone can (and likely will) experience dehydrated skin at some point in their lives, we created The Rehydrate Box to be our last-ever Box that caters to everyone. No matter your skin type, this is your expert-curated routine to hydrate the skin and give you a plump and dewy complexion.

Read on to learn more about each step of the routine…

The Cream Cleanser by Skin Rocks

“The Cream Cleanser Fragrance Free is a conditioning cream cleanser that helps to support barrier function and increase water retention. Never stripping, it gently cleanses the skin whilst respecting your skin’s moisture levels, and has been clinically proven to be suitable for sensitive skin*, making it perfect for absolutely everyone.”

Caroline Hirons, Founder

Then I Met You Living Sea Cleansing Tonic

"The Living Sea Cleansing Tonic is infused with 86% deep sea water, which is sourced from Korea. The sourcing process allows natural minerals and vitamins to fortify your skin barrier, and the licorice extract and papaya enzymes will brighten and gently exfoliate your skin. Like a micellar water, it can gently micro-emulsify and cleanse your skin, which means you can bring it with you to the gym and use a cotton round to refresh and reset your skin or remove your makeup. It's an all-in-one, skin-plumping, skin-softening hydrating toner that is great for all seasons and skin types."

Charlotte Cho, Founder of Then I Met You

REN Everhydrate Marine Moisture-Restore Serum
    “Skincare usually focuses on three hydration pillars – humectants, emollients, and occlusives to boost hydration levels in the skin. At REN, we identified a gap in the skin hydration system and chose to focus on a new area called osmo-hydration (via a system that already exists called osmosis), whereby naturally-derived osmolytes from upcycled sugar beet and eco-sourced wild rosella have the ability to draw hydration; not only more evenly throughout the top layers of the skin but to also hydrate deflated keratinocyte cells themselves, something that is otherwise unachievable. This is a stronger and deeper diffusion of hydration through the upper layers of the skin, with results that show 100% of volunteers in the clinical study having reduced water loss up to 72hrs later, and 100% of volunteers showing an instant improvement of hydration levels.”

    David Delport, Global Brand Ambassador at REN

    Tula 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream

    "24/7 Moisture is your little black dress of moisturisers! You can use it for any occasion, any time of day, 365 days a year. It’s formulated to work for all skin types and is hydrating enough for daytime use while still replenishing enough for the evening. 24/7 Moisture contains Tula's patent-pending S6Pro Complex® – a proprietary blend of 3 probiotic extracts and 3 prebiotics, clinically proven to help balance, nourish and soothe the skin. It also contains apple and watermelon to give the skin a big drink of water, plumping up the surface of your skin so it’s hydrated and glowy. It helps to smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and helps the skin look more even and firm. That is also what makes 24-7 Moisture the perfect prep step for any complexion application; it truly is your 24-7 solution to hydration!"

    Jessica Imbriglio, Lead Trainer at TULA Skincare

    Want to achieve your most hydrated complexion yet? Get your hands on this expert-curated routine in The Rehydrate Box – our limited edition, last-ever Skin Rocks Box.


    Words by Ceyda Faik-Yildirim MSci (Chemistry) – Team Skin Rocks

    *Based on an independent clinical patch test under dermatological supervision.

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