How to Fix Dry and Dehydrated Skin (Winter SOS Skincare) | Lab Muffin Beauty Science

How to Fix Dry and Dehydrated Skin (Winter SOS Skincare) | Lab Muffin Beauty Science

Hi it’s me Michelle from Lab Muffin
Beauty Science, your resident skincare science nerd. Today I’m going to be
talking about dry and dehydrated skin and the different ways to treat them. You
might have noticed that your skin gets flaky in cold and dry weather. It might
make you feel prickly or itchy or like your skin’s stretched tight across your
face. How do you fix it? Well, that depends on whether you have dry or dehydrated
skin. Dry and dehydrated skin are similar in lots of ways.
Both are worse in cold and dry weather, can cause flaky skin, and can be treated
with moisturizers and other skin care products. But here’s the big difference:
dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water. Dry skin is a skin type which means it’s
built into your skin and isn’t going to change too much. It means that your skin
doesn’t produce enough oil and it’s the opposite of oily skin. Oil is important
in your skin to keep it flexible and to keep it waterproof. It stops water from
getting in and getting out of your skin. It also stops other chemicals from
getting in and out. How much oil your skin produces mostly depends on your
genes but it can also be affected by diet, stress, and the weather. Skin gets
drier when you age and oil production can be reduced by some medications like
hormonal birth control, accutane or isotretinoin, and
spironolactone. If your skin is producing the right amount of oil, in the
Goldilocks zone of not too little and not too much, it’s called normal skin. If
different parts of your skin fall into different categories,
it’s called combination skin. Dehydration is commonly referred to as a skin
condition since it can happen to anyone at any time and your skin’s hydration
levels can change suddenly, very quickly. Any skin type – dry, oily, normal or
combination – can lose too much water and become dehydrated. Hydration is important
for your skin. Having the right level of water in the
right places keeps your skin flexible, plump and smooth. It also makes sure that
the normal biological processes inside your skin are working properly.
For example, desquamation, the shedding of dead skin cells, doesn’t work properly
without proper hydration. Usually dehydrated skin happens when your skin
barrier is weakened so it can’t effectively slow down water from
evaporating. This water evaporation is called transepidermal water loss or TEWL. Dehydration can be caused by lots of
things: cold dry weather, overwashing, overexfoliating and wind or sun exposure. In
general dehydrated skin isn’t caused by not drinking enough water,
unless you’re drinking a dangerously low amount. Now how can you work out if your
skin’s dry or dehydrated? Firstly let’s talk about skin type. To work out if you’re
oily or dry, see which of these two descriptions fits your skin better. Oily
skin usually has large pores and blackheads especially in the t-zone: your
forehead, chin and nose area. It’s more prone to acne and breakouts. If you have oily
skin you might have visible shiny patches of oil on your skin or see
greasy spots on your pillowcase. If you touch your face you might get some oil
on your fingers. You probably don’t use too much moisturizer and you might
notice that your makeup slides around during the day. On the other hand if you
have dry skin you probably have really tiny pores and no visible shiny oil
patches on your skin. But your skin will be more prone to cracking, rough patches,
fine lines and visible flakes. Moisturizer probably sinks into your
skin very easily but makeup settles into fine lines and creases on your face. If
you can’t tell from these descriptions you can try testing using some blotting
paper. A few hours after washing your face, press the paper onto your nose. If
it sticks to your skin or shows a greasy spot
you’re probably oily and if it doesn’t you’re probably dry. Hydration level is
pretty straightforward. Unlike dryness there’s no happy medium:
you want your skin to be as hydrated as possible. Dehydrated skin feels tight and
stiff instead of soft and plump. Pinching it might cause stiff wrinkles. It can feel like
you have a tough film sitting on your skin.
In general if your skin is dry then it’s likely to also be dehydrated as well,
unless you look after it really carefully since oil helps your skin
retain water. If your skin is oily and still feels tight then you almost
definitely have dehydrated skin. Oily and dehydrated skin feels like a bit of a
paradox: it’s like it’s oily and dry at the same time, like there’s oil sitting on
top of parched leathery skin. Now that you know whether your skin is dry and
lacks oil or is dehydrated and lacks water, or both, let’s talk about how to
fix it. Let’s start with dry skin. Dry skin needs oil so obviously we need to
put oil back into your skin. There are two categories of oil ingredients in
skincare: emollients and occlusives. Sometimes reading about these terms can
get a bit confusing since they’re used in different ways even by dermatologists
and cosmetic formulators so keep that in mind. These are the definitions I’m using.
Emollient ingredients sink into the skin making it more flexible and
smoothing it out. Occlusive ingredients partially block water from evaporating.
They won’t form a perfect film that stops everything from evaporating, but
they will help. Emollient ingredients include most natural plant oils like
jojoba oil, natural skin components like cholesterol and ceramides, and stearate
and oleate esters. Occlusive ingredients include petrolatum or petroleum jelly,
paraffin, mineral oil, dimethicone and lanolin. There are also some less
occlusive ingredients that still work as occlusives
like shea butter and waxes like beeswax. Most occlusives are emollient as well and
emollients are usually also slightly occlusive so the two categories aren’t
mutually exclusive. If your skin is dry you’ll want to look
for moisturizers that have occlusives and emollients high on the ingredients
list. In general products with a heavier texture will be richer in these oil
ingredients and suitable for dry skin. Some moisturizers that are really
popular for people with dry skin are The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors and HA,
Cerave Night Cream, Clinique Moisture Surge, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. You can also try using facial oils like
pure plant oils or oil blends. They’re really great on their own if you don’t
have dehydrated skin or if you have a bunch of sensitivities and have to avoid
a lot of ingredients. They also work really well in multi-step routines.
Popular oils include argan oil, rosehip oil, avocado oil, squalene and squalene.
Coconut oil is also popular but it can make some people break out really badly. It’s not just moisturizers that can help
out dry skin – you might also want to try looking into cleansers that contain oils
as well to stop your cleansing routine from washing off too much oil from your
skin. Non-foaming cleansers and cleansing oils are good for cleaning skin without
stripping it. French pharmacy brands like Bioderma La Roche-Posay and Avene have
some great non-foaming cleansers that people with dry skin love. Nivea and QV
have some really great products too. You can get cleansing oils from lots of
brands like Simple, Shu Uemura, DHC, Dermalogica, and Hylamide. Micellar waters are good too if you want
a less oily product, but I’d recommend rinsing them off afterwards like you
would with a regular cleanser. Dehydrated skin needs water but unfortunately just
splashing more water on your face isn’t actually helpful. If your skin gets
waterlogged it gets leakier so it’s worse at holding on to its water. Instead
what you’re looking for is firstly humectants. Humectants are ingredients
that bind to water and stay on your skin, sort of like little sponges that sit on
your skin and keep it wet. Examples of humectant ingredients are glycerin,
sorbitol, glycols, PCA, hyaluronic acid, amino acids and urea. Alpha hydroxy acids
like glycolic acid and lactic acid also work as humectants. For my dehydrated
skin I always look for moisturizers with humectants high on the ingredients list.
They usually come in lighter textures that are really great for oily skin. Some
of my favorite moisturizers with humectants for dehydrated skin are
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel and La Roche-Posay lotion, Toners containing
humectants are also fantastic since you can use them as a weightless layer in
your skincare routine. My favorites are Klairs Supple Preparation Toner and Jurlique
Activating Water Essence. Hada Labo Lotion is also really popular. You
can also use slightly heavier humectant serums like Indeed Hydraluron. Your
skin also naturally contains minerals called the natural moisturizing factor
that acts as humectants. Thermal waters are a really good way of adding these
minerals back into your skin after they get rinsed out after washing. I also look for cleansers containing
humectants for my dehydrated skin since they help replace the humectants that
cleansing strips away. I particularly like Nivea Soothing Cleansing Mousse, QV
cleansers and Neutrogena Hydro Boost cleansers. I also only wash my face with
cleanser in the evening and I just use plain water in the morning, so I keep my
skin barrier as intact as possible, since cleansing is probably the most damaging
thing you’re forced to do to your skin on a regular basis. This cuts down on
your skin’s exposure to surfactants that make it leakier. Occlusives can also be
really good for dehydrated skin because once you’ve got some humectants on
your skin you can seal the water in with an occlusive product like Vaseline,
sleeping masks or other heavy moisturizers that have lots of
occlusives. Some of these occlusive ingredients I’ve mentioned before:
petrolatum, paraffin, mineral oil, dimethicone, lanolin, shea butter and
beeswax. If your skin is dehydrated and oily you’ll probably want to avoid
occlusive ingredients during the day since they tend to be heavy and greasy,
but I found that for my oily and dehydrated skin if I use occlusives on
top of my usual skin care products when I go to bed at night it’s fantastic for
giving me an overnight facial sort of effect. And I don’t really care if I’m
loaded up with moisturizer and look really really shiny in the safety of my
own room. There are a bunch of other things that
you can do to help your dry or dehydrated skin suffer less. Protecting
your skin from sun, heat and wind is important to keep it happy. Air
conditioning can also dry out your skin so you might want to look into a
humidifier if it’s unavoidable. Avoid long hot showers. Harsh cleansers and
soaps now quickly strip your skin of its natural oils and humectants. Products
that are high in SD alcohol, also called ethanol, ethyl alcohol, or denatured
alcohol, can also speed up water evaporation. While ethanol binds to water
like a humectant, it evaporates instead of staying on the skin so it can
actually evaporate and take water along with it. It also disturbs your skin
structure a little which means it can increase water evaporation and it can
wipe away oils as well. But there aren’t any other permanent effects so if
there’s a product that you love that has high alcohol, just make sure you use lots
of moisturizing ingredients along with it. Using harsh products too frequently
can also make your dry or dehydrated skin unhappy. Rough physical exfoliants
and drying active ingredients like retinoids and benzoyl peroxide can make
dry and dehydrated skin worse. That’s a guide to dealing with dry and dehydrated
winter skin. Of course your skin can be dry or dehydrated year-round and these
tips will apply as well. Thanks for watching my video! If you liked it please
subscribe to my channel. You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook if
you want more science-based beauty tips, and of course I’ve also got my blog on
which I’ve got tons and tons of beauty science. See you next time for more nerdy
talk about beauty! 🙂


  • Anayeli Atkins says:

    Great video! I was wondering if you could give me some advice? I definitely have dehydrated skin. I use tretinoin every other night (don't want to give it up) and want to incorporate a lactic acid into my routine, but every time I try my skin gets really tough and leathery so I stop. I can't get rid of all the flakeyness on my face by only using chemical exfoliation BUT if I use chemical and very light physical exfoliation it's too much. Help please?!

  • Martha Lim says:

    Thanks michelle!!! I needed this so much😲

  • ilovepavlovanomnom says:

    Very informative video, and also this music is bangin

  • Pink Nekogeek says:

    OH. MY. GOD. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! There are sooooooo many videos about oily or dehydrated skin, but I can never find any reputable info for dry/dehydrated skin and I have felt so left out and at my wits end with my skin because I have all this knowledge for oily but not for my actual skin type. This helps IMMENSELY! Thank you so much!!!! Now I finally have real hope for my skin to stop sucking once and for all 😭.

  • MakeupEmporium says:

    Thank you for sharing! You are amazing!!

  • HK says:

    Whats funny is I used the dhc oil and still prefer olive oil

  • Maha says:

    It seems like you've been reading my mind: all of your latest blog posts and videos are perfect answers to main concerns!
    Thanks for the amazing video!!

  • Dafna Lila says:

    You always look so fresh and gorgeous! What is your lipstick here?

  • Violet O'Hara says:

    The only person I fully trust with skincare

  • Kristina G says:

    SOOOO HELPFUL! Thank you! Figuring out that my skin was oily AND dehydrated was such a revelation.

  • Fearless Girl says:

    Incredibly helpful, thank you!!!!

  • c1re5an says:

    Very helpful, thanks! I'll review my skincare routines to adjust them the way my skin needs in winter and add this new knowledge 🙂

  • B M says:

    Hi….ty….I never knew concept of dehydration 🤣🤣….love the way u explain…keep up the good work mam….🙂🙂
    Also mam can u review serums like estee lauder advanced night repair or Kiehl's mid night recovery…how much worth are they for the hype these products have….

  • Lisa Marie Waters says:

    This! Perfectly explained!

  • Kb Drake says:

    Brilliant , and as useful as usual! One of the biggest skin challenges I had was going from an oily, cystic acne profile to "mature"skin. I still needed to gently exfoliate, but it would bring me so close to dehydration. You just explained how to deal with so perfectly! Bravo, and know you are helping people of all ages!

  • Flo Solano says:

    Wonderful video! Explanation is clear & concise.

  • Rachel Weinstein says:

    Just came across you. An awesome video, chocked full of amazing info. I'm 65, postmenapausal, and dry and very dehydrated. Can't seem to keep the water in my skin. I'm going to review your video again and compare your recommendations against my products.
    So appreciated you and the info.
    New subbie!

  • Always Be Kind says:

    I just wanted to say that I am beyond thankful for this video! If you could help answer a few questions, that would be extremely helpful!

    I live in the US, up north in the very cold climates. I have been struggling whether or not if I actually have dry, normal or combination skin. I have large pores on my nose and cheeks with white heads and black heads (mostly on my nose) that won’t seem to go away no matter what I do. Plus, I have very sensitive skin. Yet, my skin feels tight like it is extremely dry and dehydrated. My question is, with these skin concerns, how can I tell if I actually have dry and dehydrated skin, normal and dehydrated skin or combination skin that’s dehydrated? I should also mention that my skin seems to ‘crack’ to the point where it leaves cuts on my face cause of it feeling so dry or dehydrated. No matter what skin routine I try, my skin feels the same. I have read that if my skin flakes or feels dry that I need to exfoliate more often. So, I thought if I exfoliated more, it would be better but am afraid to just jump right into that since I’m currently breaking out and don’t want to irritate my skin anymore. However, does exfoliating more often help..? I also recently got a Clairsonic Mia 2 (radiance brush head) as an early Christmas present but also feel skeptical about using it. Especially with doing it twice a day. Would that still be recommended on dehydrated skin to do twice a day as it says?

    If you get to my comment, I would really appreciate it so much! Thank you in advance 🙂❤️

  • J- nice says:

    What do you do for dry and dehydrated body skin?

  • WhatNext? says:

    You do a great job providing education on skincare, breaking down terms and explaining concepts. I love this approach, giving us the knowledge we need to judge a product based on its ingredients and purpose.
    I haven’t personally used many of the products you mentioned but i did use Clinique’s moisture surge several years ago. I am surprised you recommend it for dry skin and not dehydrated skin. I have dry skin and was very disappointed in the product when I used it. Since learning more about skincare ingredients, I now realize it would be better suited for dehydrated skin or as a layer under a heavier cream for dry skin. (That is how I ended up using it and didn’t repurchase.) It’s ingredient list seems to emphasize water and humectants rather than the emollients and occlusives. My experience is exactly inline with the point you seem to be making. If your viewers w dry skin try moisture surge based on your recommendation without checking the ingredients, I think they will also be disappointed. This video does such a good job of explaining why a product like that wouldn’t be best for dry skin that I wanted to point out that one product inconsistency. Apologies if they have significantly changed the formula in the past few years and my experience is out of date.
    Thank you again for all the education you provide.

  • Renata boyle says:

    Excellent – well informed, to the point – you really got to the nitty gritty of the subject without waffling … am subscribing to you now and going to look at all your other videos! Feel smug about already using most of the products/brands you held up 🙂

  • Shubhodaya Shenoy says:

    Thank you very much it was very helpful. Can I use niacinamide toner and rosehip seed oil in the same routine. Thank you.

  • Alexis Aguirre says:

    What are the active ingredients that act even in occlusive moisturizers ?, and what are the ingredients that do not really do anything ?. I heard that hyaluronic acid does not do anything in occlusive formulas because it does not penetrate, also listen that collagen does not do anything because collagen is personal, each body makes it, so it is better to use antioxidants such as vitamin C in the ascorbic form or vitamin A in its retin form.

  • Rena Dempsey says:

    Love your channel!!!! Please list more products by name!! 🙌🏻😍👍

  • Rena Dempsey says:

    My apologies!! All listed and love. Would love a recco on Vitamin C? What brands….

  • Pet Mama says:

    I love this video! Just subscribed. So much useful information which is presented so well! I have one tip though. You seem like a really fun person, I’d love to see your personality shine through in your videos! ❤️

  • RandomRukiyah says:

    This videp was do informative and well organized. For the skincare nerd in me, this is absolutely wonderful. Thanks and keep up the amazing work!!!👍👍

  • Lea Zheng says:

    I absolutely love your videos so informative and not boring at all.Very useful!!!Love from China

  • Dorothy LaMark says:

    I am so happy that I found your videos! I love the scientific approach you take, which is so overlooked in so many other channels. As another scientist, I appreciate your molecular diagrams and your explanation of the chemistry behind the beauty. (I always wanted to understand about micellar water!) Keep posting! I'm looking back through all your posts, because they will never be outdated – the beauty of science, and the science of beauty!

  • Lei Dimov says:

    This is the video that had me find you, Michelle! I am in my late teens and still struggling with hormonal acne (the most frustrating part is that I only get pustules/occasional papules on the side of my chin, right under the corners of my mouth…the rest of my face is completely clear, I don't even have blackheads!) I would say I have both dry and dehydrated skin. Throughout 7th-8th grade, I was using a 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser and my mom, despite the fact that my skin was extremely red, irritated and cracking, constantly told me I had "oily teenage skin", and refused to let me buy moisturizer (I cringe at remembering this)! Even these days with moisturizing at least three times a day, I am still having dull and flaking skin on my cheeks/chin, especially in summer (with swimming) and winter. I love your scientific approach and thorough explanations, thank you so much!

  • Eva Smoot says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on these topics! Your pictures are great and the way you explain everything makes it easy to understand. Do you know of any benefit to using tumeric topically on your face? Thanks!!!

  • Sarah Jane Salvan says:

    Hi! Can you make a video about oily skin, too? I love your channel!

  • Andrea Salvador says:

    Soo informative!!! Thank you!! ❤️

  • StephXuan says:

    I never knew I needed this video (and your channel) in my life until I started questioning why at 23 years old my normal skin suddenly became severely dry and dehydrated 😭 I'm about to head into medical school (I love my sciences) so I truly appreciate and love how you have a PhD in chemistry!

  • Koneko Yagami says:

    I think I love you.

  • Losshe says:

    Hi! Thank you for this very informative video. I have a question. Do you know if diet plays a role in the hydration level of the skin? If so, what are some foods that help? I've heard eating walnuts and cucumbers will make your skin hydrated which kind of makes sense. What are your thoughts on this?

  • sapphirelady2 says:

    I really believe that a good hydrating serum and hyaluronic acid along with a humidifier at night help my dehydrated skin tremendously!!

  • G. L. Greenlaw says:

    Love your nerd! Thank you for sharing your wealth of info. One request: Could you please cast your eye to Green Beauty products sometime? Nivea? No. Cannot. Do. Good info all the same! Thank you!!!!!

  • Santa Pirogova says:

    Thank you!!! At last-one chanell who speaks abot cosmetics as science, not for " i like smell, and it is smooth, and moistures me very good"

  • Transcendental Portal says:

    I have some symptoms of the oily skin (very large pores, acne prone)
    and dry skin… (Fine lines, moisturizer sinks in, makeup sinks to lines and wrinkles) AND IM dehydrated. It’s weird to think I’m dry skin with such large pores. I’ve never seen that before. I’m also a licensed esthetician. And I can’t figure my own skin out lol. I just go with combination even though I’m never oily. My skin is so weird.

  • Sammy Booyens says:

    I have just had a come to Jesus moment. A lifetime of trying to figutr out how the hell my skin manages to be both dry and oily at the same time, and this video made it all make sense in under 10 minutes. I cannot thank you enough.

  • Kara Leonor says:

    Very educational. I think it’s the very first time I understand the difference between dehydrated and dry skin. I have a dehydrated combination skin, and it’s very tricky to fix that condition, isn’t it? Im learning actually thanks to you 🙂
    One thing though : I think that with the continuous use of acids and especially tretinoin it would be very wise to avoid products with fragrance or alcohols. Some of the products you mentioned are not fragrance free 🙁 thanks god there are alternatives:) I learned this in a hard way by using products with fragrance and alcohols, and then I discovered Paula from Paula’s choice, she is so inspiring and she relies on science too, that’s what I appreciate the most, relying on science and studies.
    Thank you Michelle for such a commitment
    Enjoy your day !

  • Carrie B says:

    I have hard water that has made my sensitive skin look terrible! How can I revive it?

  • Erica Maestas says:

    Thank you so much for the video! Just a quick question, I am a bit confused on the order I should use the products. What order do you think is best for dehydrated skin? And is the morning routine the same other then the lack of a cleanser? I find your videos very helpful, you gained a new subscriber!

  • Angela T says:

    Why do you recommend that micellar water be rinsed off?

  • Shofi Apriliya says:

    it is helpful vid! btw i have combination skin type~ oily on T-zone area. it is oily and has large pores, whitehead and blackhead on T-zone area. please make a video about large pore, blackhead, white head and how to get rid it off if you don't mind to 😊. thank you~

  • Cassandra says:

    could you do a video about how to treat dry skin of the body (or KP)?

  • Momcologist Makeup Jen says:

    Great info!! Thank You!

  • ๑•́ω•̀๑ ๑•́ω•̀๑ says:

    Does aloe vera gel help treating dehydrated skin?

  • Mary Thomas says:

    Awesome videos. I am also started to follow your videos. If it's ok to mix with Vaseline (petroleum jelly ) and glycerin together (1:1 )to apply as my night cream.i have an extremely dry dehydrated skin.please please reply me.

  • Marsha Nadia A says:

    why your eyebrow is bold?

  • Marsha Nadia A says:

    good video n explanations btw

  • Z says:

    Amazing!!!!! Thank you

  • Y Susan says:

    Thanks Dr Michelle for making these videos. So informative and educational. I am glad to have found them.

  • Ekaterina Kozlovskaia says:

    Dear Michelle. Just found your channel. Really educational, thank you! Love how the way your videos are structured and little images to explain the subject. A new subscriber from Belgium!

  • alfredo lopez says:

    sun also dehydrate skin

  • Bruno Portes says:

    What is your opinion about aloe vera for dehydrated skin? I've read some articles saying that it can penetrate deeply into the skin and carry water and other substances with small molecular structures.

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  • Conquest says:

    Hey Lab Muffin, what if you have clogged oily dehydrated skin with acne? Should I use benzoyl peroxide to help clogging at night and in the morning just splash water to not dehydrate my face further?

  • Moni Mtenga says:

    I sometimes get frustrated when I hear people describe their skin as dry oily skin. And then they just pile a bunch of oily products on their skin and don’t address the “dryness” lack of water on their skin.

  • Sophie Kristiansen says:

    Been subscribed for a while and watched many of your videos but today this was suggested to me and it's literally GOLD! I never fully understood my skin type/condition and it's needs until now. Thank you so, so much! Such an aha moment right now! I'm excited to take this knowledge and actually help my skin with it. I can't thank you enough and will share!

  • Emma E says:

    Amazing thank you. If only I knew what to use and how often?

  • Alana Reina says:

    I’ve heard that coconut oil doesn’t absorb into skin like other oils is that true??

  • Christine Tracy says:

    What are your thoughts on a moisturiser making skin lazy

  • natalija m says:

    best beauty youtuber ever

  • e v i t a says:

    I have very sensitiive skin, I skipped school yesterday because winter dry skin really f*cked up my face. Its still really bad today, and want to fix it NOW. I usually have oily skin but this is the worst ive ever had when having winter dry skin. I'm crying I feel so helpless and so ugly. Somebody helped

  • Elena S says:

    me and my skin love you

  • Cryptoriana von D says:

    double cleansing for dry and dehydrated skin?

  • Pink Flower says:

    I live on an island where a dehumidifier is a must, I'm like people actually want humidifiers?

  • Hong Qin says:

    Thank you so so much! You made me understand a lot, these information I never got elsewhere before. I had spent for expensive care products (Geurlain, …) and my eyes area became allergic, red, itchy, and swollen, and lots of acne on face, but I didn’t know why. Will you please make a new video why (and treat) people have lots of white heads on foreheads and on two sides of chin, and the skin is dry and dehydrated?

  • Perfumaphilia says:

    Oh my goodness, your videos are so incredibly helpful! Thank you so much. This winter is taking it's toll on me already, and I had to stop using most of my skincare because everything started to irritate my intensely dehydrated skin.

    I really want to get on board with only washing my face at night. However, if I use an occlusive at night, I don't see how I'd be able to remove it with just water in the morning. Then I'd just be putting all my morning skincare on top of an occlusive? What are your thoughts?

    Also, with Vaseline in particular, isn't it bad that it doesn't allow water into your skin? For example, if you're trying to hydrate your skin and you're using a bunch of humectants then a very effective occlusive like Vaseline, wouldn't the humectants just draw water from your skin and not from the atmosphere?

  • Perfumaphilia says:

    Would you please review Erin's Faces Peptide sunscreen, if you're able to get it shipped to you?

  • human or machine? says:

    Would you mind talking more about humectants in another video? I've been reading more about them and some sources say that they can potentially dehydrate your skin more. Aren't humectants supposed to draw moisture in from the air around you? If there's very little moisture in the air, aren't they just drawing water from the deeper layers of skin in the stratus corneum? Won't this contribute to dehydration eventually? Also, if you're layering humectant and emollient rich moisturizers and applying a heavy occlusive (like Vaseline) over it, then can the humectants can't draw moisture from the surrounding air, right?

  • A says:

    I'm very interested in the nivea cleansing mousse! Are you acne prone by any chance?

  • Lex says:

    Honestly if you live in a country where its available, the basic hada labo cleanser and lotions/creams so a great job at keeping skin hydrated and are very affordable. (I don’t know whether I have sensitive skin pr what but a lot of western brands i cluding la roche pose are making things worse for me 🙁 )

  • Donna Spurling says:

    Just found you on IG and followed. I have dry dehydrated skin and currently use Biologique Recherche skincare from Rescue Spa. I love their Serum TEWL and Cream Dermo RL. I have been considering using some Drunk Elephant Skincare Products. To exfoliate I use Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder and love BR Lotion P50 W 1970. Great content. Very informative!

  • Rae says:

    I don't drink water at all. I guess I found the roots to my dehydrated skin

  • Sara Salinas says:

    I wish someone would talk about facial hair and women. My skin is sensitive but I have thick whiskers and side burns. Every time I shave or wax I get red bumps on my face and neck. I pluck my chin hairs because you can't remove them with shaving and wax. But I hold my skin so tight that it gets raw and irritated. I have to dig out ingrown hairs. It's awful. My husband tells me not to pick my face but I'm not. It's not zits its hair. And when I leave it alone to let the hair grow it itches. And the hair looks disgusting too. I lost weight thinking it would stop but it doesn't. I dont have poc. I'm not overweight. I'm just genetically hairy and horrified. I can't be the only woman that's suffering from this.

  • Caroline Paquier says:

    Those of us with D/D skin thank you! Another trick I've learned is that the order I put things on my skin matters. The normal sequence seems to be to wash, dry, tone, dry, then put on serums and moisturizers. A more hydrating method is to wash, PAT with hands just to blot the drips , put on serums, oils, and other treatments, PAT them in and THEN SPRAY…NOT PAT…your toner onto your still damp skin and allow it to air dry. Would never have thought of doing this but it's made a HUGE difference in keeping my dehydrated and dry skin soft and moist during the day and/or night. Thanks for your tips, especially the info re the difference between skin types.

  • Nathan Dithmart says:

    I love putting a thinn layer of vaseline at night over my serums and lotion. Just make sure you dont skip washing your face in the a.m

  • Smailika Smailika says:

    thank you for this video 😍👏 ❣

  • Shawnne I Quick says:

    I’m so glad I found you on YT!! I used to go to your blog all the time, until life happened(lol). I love your content!! I’m learning so much!!

  • Charne Teichert says:

    Hi. Thank you for your videos:) I see you have Laneige Water sleeping mask listed as suggestion. It contains fragrance. Isn't that bad for your skin? And the First Aid Beauty cream contains eucalyptus leaf oil. I read essential oils are bad. Is that true? I'm confused. Please help! I purchased Dr Jart+ ceramidin cream..but now I read it's bad due to the tumeric and citrus extracts.

  • iaraborgesoliveira O says:

    Is mineral oil bad for your skin?

  • Mary Catherine Nault says:

    I have bought the Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA to help with my dehydrated skin. Am I supposed to use another moisturizer or something under it? Or use a lot of it? It is not very moisturising, actually. And I feel like it won't last me very long at the rate I'm using it!!

  • Abena Ansah says:

    Dry and dehydrated

  • Hong Murphy says:

    Thank you very much for your very informative video. You mentioned First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in your video. I have had a look at its ingredient list. Is eucalyptus globulus an essential oil? Is it bad for sensitive skin? What is your thought on this ingredient?

  • Gio Chacón says:

    by far the best explanation found in Youtube! your channel is GREAT!

  • Helium Valentine says:

    Could you please do a vid on dry scalp the winter? Just the front edge of my hair gets so dry and flaky.

  • Esteban González Romero says:

    I love that you mentioned petrolatum/vaseline. People on youtube always misinform their viewers about it, saying it clogges pores and what not, but it's the only thing that helps the rough patches on my skin. Love all of your content btw <3

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  • Samantha Gonah says:

    I have used la-roche posay and avène, both are GREAT. la roche posay starting out really good, my skin improved drastically for about a while. after about 2 months of using it, I didn't see any change. I was a bit upset considering the fact I had substituted la-roche for avène . the reason for the change was because avène was just too expensive for me to keep buying. Between the two, I would pick avène. Though both products still do work wonders. French skin products always deliver. I hope I have helped someone.
    PS:i am still not sure if my skin is dehydrated, dry or both dehydrated and dry.

  • Agnieszka Malicka says:

    This is super helpful. I have dehydrated skin and I've been fighting with it for quite long. Thanks for the knowledge how to treat it 🙂

  • Josephine Nakamura says:

    Love your very detailed information. You explain everything and make it easy to understand the chemistry aspect of each component. 😊. We need people like you to make us perceive our own skin
    Which sometimes our dermatologist just can’t have the time to explain since the system in japan is quite different from other country , I presume. Your angel 😇. Thank you 🙏 a thousand times for your effort.

  • Carly Ashcroft says:

    Thank you sooo much for this helpful video!

  • Becky C. says:

    Thanks for info on products for dehydrated skin, Michelle. I see lots of product suggestions for oily or dry but not a whole lot for dehydrated. Good news for me is that Neutrogena is having a 20% off sale today!

  • Euge Lo Celso says:

    Amazing! Thank you so much Michelle! 😙

  • Strawberry 1 says:

    Thank you so much! Clarity at last. My skin is arid dry and very sensitive so after years of wasting money I now cleanse with coconut oil, and moisturise with sweet almond oil, or even vaseline if really bad and it is the best it's ever been. It is exactly as you say; sometimes keeping the ingredient list very low is the only way to go with sensitive skin.

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    previously touched by a penis health creme. Honestly, I'm not for dry skin. I
    keep mine in optimal shape by making sure that it gets the attention it
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