I have always found a great irony in some of the biggest facts within beauty industry. Did you know the number one customer concern is dehydration, not lines, not pimples? Yet the industry promotes extensively to exfoliate and not as strongly to mask. The irony is exfoliating and not masking can be the biggest cause of dehydration.
Allow me to explain. Exfoliating is an important step in looking after your skin. Exfoliating lifts dead cells and gives the skin a polished and youthful appearance as well as cleans out debris from pores.Exfoliating does also remove some natural lipids and oils from the surface of the skin. These natural lipids are part of the skins natural barrier protection that helps trap that much needed moisture into the skin. So if you are battling getting on top of your dehydration it may not be attributed to the amount of water you are drinking or your moisturiser is not working. It could be as simple as looking at your give and take ratio to the skin. Are you exfoliating and not using a hydrating mask ever? Or are you exfoliating too many times compared to your hydrating mask? It does not matter which skin type you have all skins will benefit from water. If you have an oilier skin; look for a hydrating mask that does not contain lipids. If you have a drier skin; then multi task and find a hydrating mask that add lipids as well.
Exfoliating is not bad for the skin; it is like most things in life too much of a good thing is not good. I compare exfoliating and masking to ying and yang, one needs the other.
If you want more tips on masking you may like to read my post called “masquerade”