5 Ingredients to look out for when you have dry /dehydrated skin

Hey there internet peeps. Y’all know I love good skincare. Any product that helps my skin stay clear, fix its texture and hydrates it usually has me singing. But do we ever actually look at the ingredients that make a good skincare product good or do we follow the words of a beauty blogger with a similar skin type without fail?


Well since discovering some pretty awesome products and learning more about the ingredients that have made them awesome. I figured why not tell you peeps about it? Cool? Cool.


Let me tell you a bit about my skin so you guys who are similar to me can pay particular attention. Firstly my skin is dry, not dry that it flakes but it can feel pretty dry to the touch and a bit tight which also means it is dehydrated. So by not taking proper precautions to keep it soft and hydrated wearing makeup can look pretty awful when you have lizard skin. It’s texture is a bit funny while feeling smooth and soft it can sometimes look ‘bumpy’ underneath foundation but good skincare has helped improve this. Funny enough though my nose is very oily and my forehead and chin get shiny, so it’s on the combination side of things as well. My skin is also blemish prone, usually in the same areas, predominantly the sides of my chin, my jaw line and a little on my cheeks which is not fun. It’s also not crazy sensitive but every now and then a skincare product can decide to not agree with my skin and break me out. In fact I now avoid garnier skincare because it always seems to break me out.


Okay now I shall begin yapping on about particular ingredients that really make skincare products magical.


This particular gem you should look out for in both makeup and skincare. In a nut shell, it draws in moisture. So by applying a product with this ingredient onto your face, then slapping on moisture it will draw in all the hydration from said moisture and allow your skin to hold onto it much longer and hence leaving your skin supple and soft for longer than if you were to apply your moisturizer without glycerol. This product is awesome at making your skin absorb all the moisturing benefits of a moisturizer which is a dream for every girl with dry/dehydrated skin. Typically you would want your serum to possess this ingredient as that type of product is designed to be worn underneath your moisturizer. You could by this ingredient separately, some natural stores may have it and you can mix it with your moisturizer. Your moisturizer itself can also possess it if you want a double whammy!


Makeup wise glycerol obviously does the same thing BUT it helps your makeup last much longer as this ingredient in a primer / setting spray / foundation or all of the above helps your foundation stick to your skin. It isn’t as uncomfortable as it sounds. So those who have dry/dehydrated skin can still attain a long lasting base without wearing a drying foundation.


Honey /Manuka honey
This is pretty much a no brainer, it makes your skin soft. You can use this if you are making an ‘at home’ face mask. Look for it if you are on the lookout for a nice hydrating face mask in store. It’s a common ingredient used in face masks to achieve softer skin. This allows your skin to feel more soft as opposed to straight up hydrating it. This is quite easy to purchase in its actual form and make a nice face mask at home, you could even mix a bit of yogurt in it. Also dubs as a good ingredient for a hair mask.


Hydrolonic acid
Similar to glycerol the idea of this ingredient is that it helps your skin lock in moisture and hydration. I mean you can get the fanciest moisturizer on the market but it doesn’t contain either of these ingredients or you don’t apply this or glycerol underneath it, your skin won’t stay hydrated all day. I’ve noticed the more expensive products contain this ingredient so glycerol is the good option if you are looking for something more affordable. This ingredient also exists in makeup, in fact the brand ByTerry have an entire range focusing around this particular ingredient so if you are willing to spend the dough, check that out. Hydralon is the affordable ish option if you want to use a product with this ingredient but not sell your soul. That product is more affordable in the UK and US but true to form us Australians pay twice the money.


Rose hip oil
This is such an awesome ingredient if you suffer from extremely dry and flakey skin! Now I don’t suffer from much flakeyness so I don’t use this on the daily more so in the winter months BUT this is such a great product to soften your skin and leave it supple as a baby’s butt. Even those with oiler skin types can use this as it’s a dry oiler so it won’t make the situation worse for you. You can buy it as an oil or even pick up products that contain this. This ingredient isn’t just handy for the face but for the body as well. Hand creams, body lotions, this is so awesome at treating flakey skin or dry patches. You can even mix it with your existing moisturizer if you purchase it in oil form.


Coconut oil
Last but definitely not least I thought I’d go with a no brainer. This stuff is amazing for the hair, the body, skin and being a completely natural and pure ingredient you can even take it internally or mix it in your smoothies. There isn’t a product this can’t fix. The smell does tend to linger which if you are a fan of the coconut scent great, but I usually mix it with a moisturizer or body lotion. Instead of applying it directly to my face and skin; I love it as a hair mask because it leaves your skin super soft and shiny. Btdubs also handy when you’re shaving your legs.


And that’s a wrap peeps. What ingredients do you look for in products that change your skin? Are you a fan of any of these products? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll see you in the next post.

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  1. Ann-Marie Cato

    May 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I have combo/dry skin that gets the occasional dry flakes around my nose if I neglect my skin so it is really wonderful to know this info. I already love coconut oil and use this on the daily so I know this is great with wonderful skincare benefits and I'm also using a nightly face cream that has Hydrolonic acid in it. I can't remember if I've ever tried Rose hip oil, but now I am very intrigue. I think I'll pick one up next time I'm at my Natural Healthy Wholefoods Store.
    I actually have that Honey /Manuka honey right now in my bathroom and I love it..Haha
    Thanks for sharing this post, it is wonderful. xx

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

  2. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    You are very welcome. I am glad it helped. x

  3. Silvia

    May 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    This is such a nice post! I love getting to know more about ingredients and what they do to our skin. Plus, I have dehydrated skin at times, so this comes at the right moment. I can only confirm that Manuka honey is fantastic, I use the Antipodes mask and it really makes my skin feel soft, supple and replenished after it. I can't recommend this enough!I also really really like Hydraluron 🙂 Oh, last but not least I've also been using the Pai Rosehip Oil for good while now and it's very very good for my skin. It also helps fading dark spots and scars.


  4. KateEmma

    May 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Such a handy post lovely! I have dry/dehydrated skin so i'm constantly on the look out for decent skincare, its good to know what ingredients I should actually be looking for! x


  5. Libby Xo

    May 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Lovely post, beaut! Check out my latest blog post. I nominated you for the Leibster Awards! xxx


  6. Shireen L. Platt

    May 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I have dry skin and I love facial oils in general. Recently I started using a bottle of Palmer's oil that has tons of goodness in it which can be used for body and face and it's sooooo good on the face.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. Lily A.

    May 20, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    This is such a wonderful and helpful post for those with dry skin. I have oily skin and I used to hate it, but over the months I have learned to embrace it. It's actually better for me. 😉
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  8. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you lovely. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Rosehip oil is definitely a life saver for me, especially now that winter is coming up. I'm specifically looking for more affordable and good acid toners that have glycolic acid in them and hydralonic acid. Those two ingredients people seem to be talking about a lot.

  9. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you. Yeah it's a tricky skin type to have. The L'Oréal Paris skin perfection serum is amazing for helping with smoothing out your skin's texture. Btdubs.

  10. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 20, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I'm definitely going to be trying out more and more facial oils now that it's getting close to winter.

  11. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Funny enough I've embraced my dry skin. I've realized that having oily skin would limit my foundation options and I am a major foundation junkie.

  12. Salma Shaheen

    May 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Such a wonderful & informative post! try palmer's oil i's very good!


  13. Iqra

    May 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    A fantastic detailed post! I adore manuka honey and swear by the good things manuka honey cleanser too, it is so kind to the skin and works like a dream 🙂

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

  14. Charlotte

    May 21, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Oils are dry skins life savers, especially coconut it's so multi purpose!
    Charlotte // http://www.charlottespicks.com

  15. Jenny D.

    May 22, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Great tips! I'm so obsessed with Mac Fix +.. I have to use it everyday!

    Jenny Loves Beauty

  16. Parie Joshi

    May 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Rose Hip Oil is my new best friend, I'm obsessed!

    Parie x

  17. Adele Miner

    May 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I love coconut oil too.. I need t try some of those other products. I think your blog is lovely also, let me know if you want to follow each other! x


  18. Emily Thorpe

    May 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I do actually suffer from dry skin so this is the perfect post for me to read!

    Musings & More

  19. Tamzin Swann

    May 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I didn't know thats what Glycerol did! I'll have to keep an eye out for that in products xx

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

  20. A Slender Self

    May 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I have quite dry skin and this was so helpful! I might have to try some of these products, love the idea of mixing in coconut oil xx http://aslenderself.blogspot.co.uk

  21. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 22, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Coconut oil fixes all of life's problems.

  22. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    It's a very awesome ingredient. x

  23. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Coconut oil and rose hip oil are life savers for dry skin.

  24. wheetnee

    May 23, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Great post!! I was just told recently that rosehip oil is good and I haven't really looked into it, but I will start checking that as a ingredient or see what products have rosehip oil!

    Macarons and Mischief

  25. Artdicted 2

    May 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I love using oils. I have oily/combination skin and they work as well. I just can't use many drops ☺
    Nati xx

  26. Danielle Beautyblog

    May 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Sounds like we have pretty similar skin types! I love rosehip oil!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  27. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 23, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Oils are just heavenly, they've saved my skin more than once.

  28. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Rosehip oil has saved my skin many many times.

  29. Alina Bostan

    May 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I too have dry skin so this was the perfect read for me. I actually didn't know how good rosehip oil or glycerol would be x

    Beauty with charm | Benefit Cheekathon Giveaway

  30. The Makeup Aficionado

    May 24, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Now that it's getting colder in Australia, I need to whip out the rose hip oil! Glycerol is also handy in primers, it's why people are adoring the nivea after shave balm as a primer.

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