A leading celebrity facialist who counts Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham as clients has revealed how to identify if your skin is dry or dehydrated and how to treat each type to get your most glowing complexion yet.
Melanie Grant, who lives in Sydney but has studios in Sydney, Melbourne, LA and Paris, said many people misunderstand the difference between these two skin problems, and this can often mean their approach to skin care isn’t focused on their concerns.
“Just because someone has dry skin doesn’t mean their skin is dehydrated,” Melanie wrote on her Instagram page.
“It all comes down to oil-dry versus water-dry, two very different things that require very different treatments.”
A leading celebrity facialist who counts Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham as clients has revealed how to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated (pictured by Melanie Grant)
Melanie (pictured) said you can tell if your skin is dry by looking at it closely in the mirror. Is it dull, rough, flaky or even flaky? You probably have dry skin
What is dry skin and how can I treat it?
On a basic level, Melanie explained that dry skin is caused by a lack of oil, which is naturally produced by the skin.
‘Oily skin is the product of too much sebum; dry skin is the opposite; there’s not enough sebum to make the lipids our skin needs to stay supple, glowing and healthy,” says Melanie.
You can tell if your skin is dry by looking at it closely in the mirror. Is it dull, rough, flaky or even flaky? Chances are you have dry skin.
Likewise, if your skin feels less elastic and shows more visible lines, you may have a dry, dull complexion again.
If you have dry skin, Melanie (pictured) advises you to look for nourishing ingredients such as ‘fatty acids, squalane, glycerine and ceramides’
If you fall into this skin camp, Melanie recommends looking for nourishing ingredients like “fatty acids, squalane, glycerin, and ceramides.”
“Put a hydrating serum under a thick, vitamin-rich moisturizer to lock in hydration,” Melanie said.
“When needed, especially in the colder months, a great facial oil can give an extra invigorating drink to dry skin.”
Some of Melanie’s favorite products for dry skin are Augustine Bader’s Face Oil and The Rich Cream, as well as Biologique Recherche’s Serum TEWL and Creme Masque Vernix and Chanel’s Huile de Jasmine.
You can find all of these available to buy on her curated Skin Care Edit, where Melanie is currently showing her favorite products.
What is dehydrated skin and how can I treat it?
On the other hand, the facialist said that dehydrated skin means your skin isn’t holding enough water and your overall complexion suffers.
“This can lead to dark circles under the eyes, a dull complexion and more prominent fine lines,” said Melanie.
If you’re having trouble determining whether your skin is dull or dehydrated, Melanie recommends looking under your eyes.
If they have circles or are more sunken, you probably have a dehydrated complexion.
One of the top facial products for dry skin is Augustine Bader’s Rich Cream (pictured), which stimulates the natural regeneration process of skin cells to transform the skin
“The treatment of dehydrated skin should be done along with a skin care routine as it requires some changes in your lifestyle and topical skin care,” said Melanie (pictured)
“Treating dehydrated skin should be accompanied by a skin care routine as it requires some lifestyle changes and topical skin care,” Melanie said.
“Dehydrated skin can benefit from moisture-rich moisturizing serums and creams, but these should be combined with increased water consumption and avoidance of major environmental stressors.”
Melanie advises you to avoid alcohol, coffee and salty foods as much as possible.
Work on increasing your hydration after exercise and drink herbal teas instead of caffeinated tea or coffee, all of which will help provide your body with the “tools to fight dehydrated skin.”
Some of the facialist’s favorite products for dehydrated skin are Victoria Beckham’s Power Serum, Author’s Defintive Hyaluron Activator, Biologique Recherche’s Serum Amniotique or Extraits Tissulaires and finally the Hyaluronic Complex from Vida Glow.
In what order should you apply skincare in the morning?
3. Mist of Essence
4. Treatment Serum
5. Eye Cream
7. Facial Oil
In what order should you apply skincare in the evening?
1. Oil Cleansing/Cleansing Balm
2. Active cleaning
3. Physical Exfoliator
5. Chemical Exfoliant
6. Mist of Essence
7. Treatment Serum
8. Eye Cream
10. Facial Oil
For more information about Melanie Grant, visit her website here.