Dehydrated skin is a common skin condition. You can even have dehydrated oily skin, that’s how far reaching it is. I suffer from dehydrated skin, so I know the schlep it takes to keep it hydrated (skin masks, sheet masks, serums, creams, mists). Dehydrated skin isn’t a good look. Have you ever seen a good looking prune?

Hyaluronic acid is key to maintaining hydrated skin, and Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost contains a Hylauronic Gel Matrix to provide hydration.

Here’s what Neutrogena say about their new range:  “Forget moisturisation, start thinking hydration. NEW from Neutrogena®, Hydro Boost® is your complete hydration regime. For skin so hydrated and supple, it bounces back.”

Hydro Boost Cleanser Water Gel

If I use a cleanser that’s too harsh for my skin, it leaves it feeling tight. Not this one. It smells like a dream, foams up nicely and does a super job of cleaning my skin as step 2 in my double cleanse regime. All in all, it’s my favourite gel/foaming drugstore cleanser of all time and I will buy it for as long as they make it (or until another better one comes around). It’s my favourite for two reasons: price point (low) and quality (high). Available for around R100.

Hydro Boost Exfoliator Smoothing Gel

By now you all know that exfoliating is good for your skin. Every day there’s a build up of skin cells on your skin’s surface which can leave it looking dull and dry. Exfoliating gets rid of this old skin, revealing younger looking skin. Products also penetrate better when your skin is fresh. Whether your choice is chemical or physical, I love both and I keep this one from Neutrogena in the shower. It’s not the best in terms of exfoliating, but I like it because I use Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial once a week (which is quite intense), Filorga’s Oxygen Peel in the morning and Dermafix’s Derma Polish, so this is just an in-betweener as well as a facial cleanser. I think I’ll carry on buying it for the shower. If you’re buying it for exfoliating purposes, you’ll be disappointed. Around R100. 

Hydro Boost City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25

This sun cream is beautiful! It’s a pale blue, gel cream and smells just as gorgeous as the rest of the range. It goes on evenly and is kind and loving to my skin. Even though in my mind it’s a low factor of just 25, I use this when I know I’m not going in the sun that day. It’s not good enough for my sun days, but it’s an amazing and affordable sun care option for office days. Around R140.

I’m in love with this range. It definitely does provide more hydration and strips skin less, smells delightful and is so affordable. In my opinion, it lives up to all its claims. 

Hydro Boost Boost Gel Cream 

Only now starting to truly realise the importance of taking care of my neck and chest, I decided to pick this up for those areas. I don’t want to use my très expensive products on those larger areas because they can’t absorb product like your facial skin can. I apply it every morning and evening, and it really leaves my skin hydrated and supple. I really do like it. Apparently the Water Gel is also really good, so maybe I’ll pick that up next.

Update: I’ve started using this on my face and I freaking love it! I apply it after my essence and CE Ferulic and then apply sun cream. It hydrates my skin so well, my foundation never looks cakey and my skin is just happy. If you have dry skin and you haven’t tried it, go go go!

Available from Clicks (who are currently having a 3 for 2 promotion), Dis Chem and Foschini. 

You all know I’m as obsessed with Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 gel as I am with perfect skin. This is because Hydrating B5 gives me perfect skin.

If you’re new to my Skinceuticals ravings, the reason I love it is because it works. I struggle with dry skin and I used to use facial oil upon serum upon thick face cream in attempt to bump my moisture up. A doctor and plastic surgeon from Skin Renewal once told me that my skin doesn’t need oil, it needs water and recommended Hydrating B5 because of its intense moisturising properties courtesy of the key ingredient hyaluronic acid. (Hyaluronic acid has the capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture – one gram  can hold up to six litres of water.) At first I thought he was just trying to sell me a product, until I got first hand experience with the amazingness that is Hydrating B5. 

Two weeks ago, I ran out of Hydrating B5 and my skin started to deteriorate before my eyes. It wasn’t pretty. I was really able to notice the power of Hydrating B5, because my skin looked dehydrated, dull and just not nice – whatever the opposite of radiant is. Naturally, my BB cream looked uneven and not as flawless. 

Safe to say, I’ve learnt my lesson. I will NEVER go without Hydrating B5. Even though it’s pricey, it’s worth it. If you use 2 drops every day (you don’t need any more than that), a bottle will last you 3-4 months. At R1325 a bottle (here), that’ll cost you R330 per month for gorgeous skin.  

Hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-ageing properties and is also one of the premier hydrating ingredients for skin, even for oily, sensitive, or breakout-prone skin. Hyaluronic acid works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed. 

As we age, our skin loses the ability to maintain this vital, plumping moisture as well as it once did. The result is visible loss of firmness, pliability, and diminished appearance of plumpness and suppleness.

Hyaluronic acid can enhance the moisture content as well as revitalise skin’s outer layers so it looks and feels softer, smoother, and, most importantly, hydrated! That’s how it instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also provides an antioxidant defence against environmental assault.

If you have dry, dehydrated skin and you haven’t found a suitable skin solution, give some hyaluronic acid a whirl, in the form of  Skinceuticals Hydrating B5.

*This post was going to be entitled ‘The Best Moisture Mask Ever’, until I developed a weird bump under my right eye the day after I used this mask. I don’t know for sure if it was related, but I think it might have been. That makes me sad :(. I will just be using it less.*

I’m a bit obsessed with moisture masks because I have dry, dehydrated skin. We all know that dehydration can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, so I try to use a moisture mask at least 1 a week, going up to 3 times a week in winter. I tend to feel a bit claustrophobic with some moisture masks that suggest that you sleep with them on, and I’ve never really been a fan of that. Until now that is. I have found a super moisture mask and I can’t enough of it!

I ordered Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask because of the rave reviews it gets, and while I was on the Origins site, I checked out their Top 10 Best Sellers. Naturally, the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask caught my eye with a write up like “This intense moisture replacement mask with Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil deeply and instantly quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging.” I swiftly clicked ‘Add to Bag’ and couldn’t wait for my goodies to arrive.

Texture: It is a thick yellow creamy-gel formula that goes on clear. Once you apply the mask, it will be absorbed into your skin. You are supposed to tissue off any excess, but let the back of your hands do that job for you – that way they can benefit too and you won’t waste.

Scent: It has a beautiful fruity scent, but I always wonder why fragrance is a must-have since it it is linked to skin irritation. Nevertheless, this is one of my favourite product scents! Just writing this review now makes me want to use it!

Performance: It is the ultimate deep conditioner for your face, and contains one of my favourite ingredients, hyaluronic acid. I apply it after I wash my face, let it hang out on my skin while I read or watch an episode of New Girl and then remove the excess. My skin looks fresh, plump and radiant in the morning, with no dry or flaky skin in sight. I also have never had a breakout from this product, and that makes me really happy! It’s rare to find something that works perfectly with your skin. When my hands are super dry, I’ll also use this mask on them as a treat.

Price: R320 for 100ml

As you can tell, I highly recommend this moisture mask! If you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin, you will absolutely love this stuff! I love it so much, it has found a firm place in my Top 10 all time favourite products.

Unfortunately Origins isn’t available in S.A. and if you want to get your hands on this, you’ll have to ask family or friends traveling from the USA or the UK.