The no-nonsense guide to hydrating your skin

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Despite it often being bandied about on skincare products, the word ‘hydration’ is riddled with confusion. Here, we break down what it really means and how to approach it… 

With colder months looming around the corner, our skin is set to be slapped around by biting winds and sucked dry by intense central heating. And despite dry skin being a common bugbear in autumn, there’s still a lot of confusion around whether it’s crying out for moisture or hydration and the best way to tackle it.

Dehydrated skin is a lack of water in the top layer of your skin when your skin struggles to hold onto water,  meaning it can happen to anybody – yes, even those of us with oily complexions. 

And when it comes to the best form of attack, it’s all about hydration and moisturising, not one or the other.

So, we’ve pulled together five easy hydrating steps that will leave your skin plump, bright and healthy.

  • Exfoliate your skin weekly

    Adding an exfoliator into your weekly skincare routine is key – so much so, we’ve yet to meet a dermatologist who doesn’t recommend it. 

    Avoid harsh scrubs and pick up a chemical exfoliator (look out for products with either salicylic acid or glycolic acid). These break down the ‘glue’ that keeps dead skin cells on the surface and instantly sloughs them away.

    Once rough skin has been buffed, skin appears brighter and the fresh surface will allow ingredients in your skincare products to penetrate deeper, making them more effective.

    One tip? Just don’t forget to apply sunscreen the next day.

  • Learn the difference between ‘hydrate’ and ‘moisturise’

    With ‘hydrate’ and ‘moisturise’ regularly plastered across skincare products, the two are often confused. But there is a difference. 

    Moisturising products help prevent water loss by locking in moisture, while hydrating products add water to the skin.

    Luckily, there’s a set of innovative formulas that give us the best of both. 

    The Neutrogena Hydro Boost facial moisturisers combine intense hydration with effective moisturising. The daily moisturisers are formulated with a clever hyaluronic gel matrix (a combination of hydrating agents and thirst-quenching hyaluronic acid), to boost and lock in hydration while the rest of the range is infused with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and formulated to preserve the skin barrier.

    Throughout the day, our skin is exposed to dirt and dust which gathers on the surface of our skin, causing clogged pores. 

    Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser sweeps away impurities with one wash, while helping to protect the skin barrier to prevent further moisture loss.

  • Follow this shower rule

    We all have good intentions when it comes to moisturising our bodies, but some days, we just don’t have time to sit still and wait for a cream to set in. 

    So, next time you have a shower, apply your product within a few minutes of leaving the bathroom. Gently pat your skin with your towel until your skin is slightly damp and slather on your body lotion. 

    As your skin dries, it’ll lock in moisture and leave you with the smoothest skin you’ve ever had. You’re welcome.

  • Invest in a humidifier

    Dry air is usually associated with the outdoors, but you can have moisture-zapping surroundings in your home, too. 

    Purchase a humidifier as the newest addition to your bedroom furniture and leave it on while you sleep. 

    Not only does it add moisture to the air to help parched skin, it can also relieve dry throats, coughs and cracked lips.

  • Add this to your office essentials

    While face mists have become increasingly popular over the past few years, hand creams have never left our bags or our drawers.

    But the latest breed are packed with effective ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. And the benefits are endless. 

    Try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream – with every squeeze, skin is hydrated, soothed, balanced and protected. 

    Store one at work to keep skin refreshed throughout your nine-to-five.

For all your skin hydration needs, shop the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range now