How To Care For Dehydrated and Dry Skin

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Dry skin and dehydrated skin may seem synonymous, but they’re actually two different things. Dry skin is a skin type characterised by a lack of oil or lipids. Dehydrated skin, which is really more of a skin condition, is caused by a lack of water.

Today, we’re looking into the best ways to deal with dry skin and dehydrated skin. Should you moisturise? Should you tone? Which natural skincare products work? And what kind of makeup should you use? We’ve got the answers.

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But first, let’s get to the core of the problem.

What’s the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

Dry skin and dehydrated skin may have different underlying causes, but most of the signs are similar. Dry skin and dehydrated skin are prone to dullness, flaking, and visible fine lines. Both are characterised by a matte appearance and fine pores.

Dry skin often feels itchy and looks red, splotchy, and leathery. Dehydrated skin feels tight and is usually accompanied by dry, cracked lips. Note that dehydration can happen with any skin type, which means you can have oily and acne prone skin and also be dehydrated.

There are a bunch of factors that can result in dry skin, including genetics, ageing, your diet, the weather, overusing certain skincare products, contact with allergens, and overscrubbing. As for dehydrated skin, this temporary condition is usually brought about by insufficient water intake or excessive sweating.

If you suspect that your skin is either dry or dehydrated, try to figure out which external factors or lifestyle choices may be causing your skin problems. You can also improve the condition of dry or dehydrated skin by incorporating natural skincare products into your everyday skincare routine. For dry skin, choose products with rich oils and lipids. For dehydrated skin, look for moisture-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

How to cleanse dry and dehydrated skin

  • Dry skin

For everyday cleansing, use the Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion. This is a great choice for dry skin: it’s extra mild and extra gentle, is water based, and has powerful moisturising ingredients. You only need a moistened cotton wool pad to remove this, which is perfect if you find that regular washing only makes your skin drier.

Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion

For moisturising ingredients to get through the rough upper layers of dry skin, you’re gonna need to do some exfoliating. A good facial cleanser will gently break down the dead skin cells and other impurities that adhere to your skin and cause dry patches. This allows the hydrating ingredients of your moisturiser to really sink into your skin and do their job.

For dry skin, you have to use an extra gentle exfoliating cleanser. Go with non grainy formulas such as this one from Acure. Instead of physical exfoliators, it uses active fruit enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells and reduce fine lines.

Acure also has a non abrasive Brightening Vegetable Peel, which uses sugar cane extract and apple cider vinegar to gently exfoliate. Use either of these 1-2 times a week.

  • Dehydrated skin

Get dehydrated skin back on track with a mild cleanser that deep cleans as it hydrates. The Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk lifts off impurities without sucking moisture out of your skin. It’s water based and packed with jojoba and sesame seed oils.

Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk

Andalou Naturals has a lovely Cleansing Foam that’s extra mild and soap free. It has vegetable glycerin, a powerful ingredient that pulls in water molecules from your surroundings and binds them to your skin, leaving it as smooth and plump as a baby’s bottom.

What toner should you use?

Both dry and dehydrated skin will benefit from a hydrating toner that locks in moisture after you wash your face. Use one with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Like glycerin, hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that attracts water and deposits it into your skin.

Andalou Naturals has an amazing Floral Toner that has hyaluronic acid and another natural humectant: aloe vera. Use it morning and night after your gentle cleanser and tuck it in your purse before you head out. It’s great as a facial mist and because the smell is heavenly, it’s the perfect mood booster as well.

How to moisturise dry and dehydrated skin

  • Face

Look for ingredients such as lactic acid, which will rehydrate your face and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Weleda Almond Soothing Face Cream is extra mild and formulated for very dry skin. This beautifully rich facial moisturiser’s packed with lactic acid and nourishing sweet almond and plum kernel oils. It’s water based and light enough to wear under makeup.

If you’re using the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses cleanser and toner, follow them up with the Day Cream from the same line. This satin soft cream contains a wealth of powerful ingredients (Alpine rose stem cells, rosehip and pomegranate oils, hyaluronic acid) that will completely transform your skin’s texture.

Apply your moisturiser immediately after cleansing and toning, before your skin begins to feel tight. Follow it up with a good sunscreen.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Day Cream

  • Eyes and lips

People with dry skin are prone to fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth. A good eye cream, such as the one from Acure, will stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Chapped lips is one of the most obvious signs of internal dehydration. Use a petrochemical free lip balm such as the Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm or the Miessence Jaffa Lip Balm to keep your lips kissably smooth.

Makeup for dry and dehydrated skin

The makeup you use should be an extension of your skincare. For both dry and dehydrated skin, choose mineral makeup that corrects flaws as it nourishes your skin.


People with dry or dehydrated skin tend to have visible fine lines and rough, flaky patches. A good primer will smoothen everything out and create an even canvas for your foundation.

While it’s best known for its ability to soften hands, knees, and elbows, celebrity favourite Weleda Skin Food actually also works as a primer. And because it has a rich but non greasy formulation, it’s perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin. Just warm a drop or two between your fingers and apply all over your face. You can even mix it with your favourite foundation to make a hydrating tinted moisturiser.

Weleda Skin Food


Using waterproof concealer on dry skin is a no-no. If you need extra coverage, go with a moisturising concealer such as this one from Miessence, which hides imperfections without looking cakey or dry. Another good option is the Lavera Natural Concealer. With ingredients such as organic shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, it conceals spots and dark circles without settling into every wrinkle and fine line.


With dry skin, you don’t want to use anything that’s mattifying or formulated to control oil. Instead, keep dry skin at bay with a moisture packed foundation like the Lavera Tinted Moisturising Cream 3 in 1, which has shea butter and argan oil, or the Benecos Natural Creamy Makeup, which has organic plant extracts for extra hydration.

If you prefer something lighter for daytime, go for a BB cream such as this one from Andalou Naturals, which provides sheer coverage, or a CC cream designed specifically for dry skin.


Cream blushes are your best option. The W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi Use Colourstick, for instance, has a creamy formula that delivers a nice flush of colour and a good dose of hydrating omega oils.

Mineral powders let you build up colour but won’t settle in your pores. Try the Lavera Mineral Rouge Powder, which has a nice silky texture, or the Benecos Natural Compact Blush, which has a noncaking formula and is packed with moisturising plant oils.

Benecos Natural Compact Blushes


If your lips are dry or dehydrated, look for lipsticks with ingredients that nourish and protect. The W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Colourbalm, a lip balm and lipstick in one, is enriched with omega oils. Neek’s Vegan Lipstick has a base of shea butter, jojoba oil, and avocado oil — perfect for parched lips. 


Powder tends to sit on wrinkles and rough patches, so those with dry or dehydrated skin should steer clear. But if you really must use a little powder to set your makeup, go for light mineral powders and avoid anything oil absorbing or mattifying.

Lavera’s Fine Loose Mineral Powder is a good choice if you’re looking for a transparent setting powder. This one softens imperfections and fine lines. It’s also finely milled and gentle enough to use on sensitive and acne prone skin.

If you need something that offers more coverage, go for the tinted one from Benecos. Like the Lavera powder, this is infused with organic plant extracts. It’s lightweight, leaves a demi matte finish, and comes in four shades.

Facial mist

Even if you’ve prepped your face well and used the right makeup for your skin type, certain environmental conditions can still leave your skin dry and tight. Keep a bottle of facial mist on your desk so you can top up your moisture levels when the air conditioning at the office is wreaking havoc on your skin. Try the Mt. Retour Organic Rose Hydrosol. You can use this before makeup (as a primer) or after (as a hydrating refresher).

Hello Charlie stocks a wide array of products for dry and dehydrated skin. Shop them here.

Do you have dry or dehydrated skin? How do you deal with it and what natural skincare products do you use? We’d love to hear your tips and recommendations.

Main image credit: Deposit photos
Image credits: Weleda, Andalou Naturals, and Benecos.

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Time to Tone Up: Our Guide to Natural Toners


tone-up-our-guide-to-natural-tonersThere are all kinds of products that fall into the category of toner, but in the natural beauty world what we call by the same name can actually be very different.

Used as a step between cleansing and moisturising, toners can do everything from tackling bacteria to balancing your skin’s pH. Many mainstream toners can often simply be different versions of alcohol mixed with water. Organic and natural toners, however, can be anything from gentle floral mists to herbal astringents; unsurprisingly they all have different things to offer to your skin.

Floral Hydrosols

Floral hydrosols are essentially distilled or purified water infused with the nutrients and components of the plant through a steam distillation process. They are also referred to as floral waters. Cheap versions are often simply water with a few drops of essential oils, but this is not the same thing as a real hydrosol.

Mountain Rose Herbs explains true hydrosols:

Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water.

The steam distillation technique can be used with a huge variety of plants. Perhaps the most popular hydrosol is rose. As well as extracting the nutrients and essence of the plant, you get the beautiful, gentle scent of rose. No wonder it’s so popular – who can say no to the smell of a rose? Other common hydrosols are lavender, neroli and chamomile. Each has different properties, and you’re sure to be able to find one that’s suitable for your skin.

Hydrosols are ideal used alone as a mist or under your makeup. They’re perfect for mature or typically dry skin that needs a hydration boost. Whilst many contain natural acids from the plants, their astringent effect is mild. This means that they pair well with sensitive skin types thanks to their gentle nature.

Hello Charlie’s picks:

mt_retour_organic_rose_hydrosolRose hydrosols are suitable for all skin types. We love the pure and simple Mt Retour Organic Rose Hydrosol. Moil_garden_witch_hazel_tonerade from pure distilled rose water, it’s especially good for dry and delicate skins. And the smell – like walking into a rose garden!

The Organic Witch Hazel Toner from Oil Garden is also a hydrosol. It’s gently astringent, which makes it perfect for oily and acne prone skin. It’s also anti-inflammatory and gently antiseptic, as well as being soothing and calming on skin.

Exfoliating Toners

Whilst acid sounds like something that you should avoid putting on your skin at all costs, it can actually be a game changer! Of course, they’re not for every skin type. But if your skin can handle them, the exfoliating effect of natural acids in small doses can target anything from wrinkles to blemishes.

There are two main types; AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which include glycolic and lactic acid and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) which is salicylic acid. While these appear a lot in conventional beauty products as lab made compounds, they’re abundant in nature, too. They can be sourced from fruits and plants to be integrated into your green beauty regime.

Salicylic acid, for example, can be extracted from the bark of white willow trees. It’s ideal for acneic or congested skin types as it is oil soluble, so penetrates deep into the surface of the skin.

On the other hand AHAs aid cell turnover and boost collagen production, ultimately making the texture of the skin more refined and smooth. If you’re using these for the first time start slowly and use only once to twice a week, but if your skin tolerates it well you could even use daily.

Make sure to only use these at night, as they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Hello Charlie’s pick:

andalou_naturals_brightening_clementine_c_illuminating_tonerOne of the nicest things about using exfoliating toners is that by removing dead skin cells they can make skin look brighter and more even. Anadalou Naturals’ Brightening Clementine & C Illuminating Toner does just this. It tops up the natural AHA glycolic acid with vitamin C, known for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation. Get ready to glow!


For the majority of people the first thing that springs to mind when you say toner are these pore tightening tonics. Quite often these are alcohol based. Whilst natural grain alcohol is an option, the alcohols you usually find in toners can dry out your skin too much. Opt for witch hazel instead. It’s an extremely effective astringent which helps to keep oil production balanced without drawing moisture out of the skin. That’s  great news for those who want to knock that shine on the head!

Look for natural astringents that are high in tannins; think tea, cranberry and pomegranate. They’re great for oily skin. And if you’re transitioning to green beauty, you’ll find that these ingredients will give you that same clean skin feeling as traditional toners.

Hello Charlie’s pick:

acure_organics_facial_tonerYou really need to look no further than the Acure Balancing Rose + Red Tea Facial Toner . It’s alcohol free, and it uses both witch hazel and organic rooibos tea to keep excess oil at bay. The added bonus is soothing extracts of chamomile and calendula, making this a must have for everyday use.