Dry Vs Dehydrated Skin & The Best Products For It


Ahh I love the holiday season, the beautiful lights, the music and everybody always seems to be in a wonderful mood for the whole month of December. The only thing not wonderful about this time of year is the cold dry air that rolls in. I envy the people who were smart enough to live in a place that is warm year round (although I would really miss those crisp fall days). Here in the good old state of New Jersey we can get some intense cold weather, which usually leads to dry air and even drier skin/hair. Every year I am always on the hunt for beauty products that will actually help keep my skin hydrated and allow me to enjoy the holiday festivities looking my best.

Along the way I have actually learned a lot about my skin type and finally found products that work best for me. I wanted to share with you guys not only the products that I use but also some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. First up we are going to talk about your skin type and how to determine if you skin is dry or dehydrated. This is one of the things that has helped me most when determining which products were right for me.

Know the Difference Dry Skin VS Dehydrated Skin:

What is the difference between these two things? I’m going to be completely honest with you a year ago I had no idea. That is until I read this amazing article written by a licensed esthetician, it’s very informative and explains the difference between hydration and moisturization. I’ll give you guys the spark notes on the subject but if you want to know more I would definitely recommend checking out the article!

First up the its important to know the difference between hydration and moisture when it comes to your skin. Hydration is when we increase the amount of water in our skin cells. This helps to keep our skin plump, smooth and healthy. You can accomplish this by drinking a ton of water or by using products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin or honey. Now moisture has to do with the natural oil or “sebum” that your skin produces, which helps lubricate and nourish the skin.

Now that we know the difference lets talk about how to determine if you need hydration or moisture in your skin! Basically it boils down to the fact that dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks oil. And you know what the best part is……your skin could be dehydrated, dry, or both. Which means it can be hard to determine which products might be best to help nourish your skin.

Here are some signs to help determine if you skin is dehydrated or dry:

Dehydrated skin: Tends to look dull, and feels tight, even when properly moisturized

Dry skin: Your skin could feel rough, dry or flaky

Now that we kinda know the difference lets move on to some of my favorite products to help combat my dry/dehydrated skin.
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Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $48 is my go to cleanser pretty much year round at this point. I always thought that after you cleansed your skin it was supposed to feel tight and dry….and then I learned that those were not things that were supposed to happen. I decided to try an oil based cleanser as a way to nourish my skin while still getting rid of all that built up dirt and makeup. Oils always scared me because of my combination skin. I thought that if I used any oil at all it would cause my clogged pores to be even worse. But after learning about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin I decided I wanted to find ways to incorporate oils into my skincare that would work for me. This was a great place to start. Oil cleaners are amazing at breaking down makeup and dirt while still leaving your skin feeling soft and nourished.


First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask $38 is the mask that when the weather starts to turn really helps to restore moisture into my skin. It is a multitasking mask that is supposed to nourish, calm visibly firm plump, and refine. I mostly like it for the nourishing and calming effects that it has on the skin. If I am having a bad or irritated skin day this is the first product that I reach for. It only takes ten minutes to really feel a difference in your skin.


Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream $40 is my face cream that I always go back to for the winter. Its a little bit thicker then your normal moisturizer so it really helps to nourish the skin while moisturizing. I mostly use this on days when my skin is feeling extra dry and I need something a little heavier. The other thing I love about this product is how amazing makeup sits on top of it. It creates a nice smooth base for daily makeup.


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer $29 is another moisturizer that I love for the winter. Its a little lighter then the Fresh Cream which makes it great for the days where my skin is a tad to congested for a heavy cream. Its still really amazing at hydrating.

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist $16-$32 this is an extra step in my skincare routine that I use through out the day when my skin is feeling extra dry. It really help to refreshen the skin (and my makeup). It also smells amazing and feels super soothing on the skin.


Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil $40-$80 this is the treatment that I use when my skin is in need of some hydration and some help. I normally use the Glossier Super Pure, but I feel like this product does dry my skin out a tad in the winter. So I decided to switch it out with the Sunday Riley oil instead. Both products help to clear up my skin and pores but the oil definitely helps to keep my skin hydrated a little bit better. I never thought I would be using two oil based products in my skin care routine but they have both helped tremendously during these chilly months.

hourlgassillusion.jpgHourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint $56 this is a new product for me this winter but I have already fallen in love with it. I was on the search for the perfect full coverage foundation for dry skin, and I cam across this at Sephrora. I had never really heard anything about it but I was definitely intrigued that it has Hyaluronic acid in it. So far it has looked amazing on the skin. It is a medium buildable coverage with a nice natural finish. The biggest surprise for me is that it doesn’t cake up or cling to any of my dry patches. I’m definitely excited to keep tryin this through out the rest of the winter.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $13-$30 and Milk Makeup Flex Concealer $28 are tow of my favorite concealers for my dry under eyes. This is the only area on my face that stays pretty dry year round. As soon as the weather starts to cool off ( and my under eyes get even dryer) I like to transition from a matte concealer to a more radiant one. When I’m looking for full coverage I go for the NARS, if I want something a little lighter the MILK is my all time favorite. Both are great options for dry under eyes, they don’t crease or settle into fine lines and they keep the skin looking radiant.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Diffused Light $46 these powders are some of my all time favorites. If you read my Hourglass Brand Review you will know that I raved about these powders. I’ll keep it short and sweet here, they set he under eyes (or anywhere on the face) with out making your skin look dry or cakey. They really are amazing and I would highly recommend them.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and learned a little something about dry skin! Let me know if you guys have any favorite hydrating products for winter, I would love to check them out!

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