What's really dehydrating your skin?

What's really dehydrating your skin?


Great skin starts with hydration. When your skin is hydrated, skincare absorbs easily, makeup sits – and stays – better, and there’s a plump, dewy, youthful glow that shines through. So, when you notice your skin is feeling dry, tight, and uncomfortable, you’re going to want to fix that fast.
There are many everyday stressors that can cause dry, dehydrated skin, but there is a simple solution. Here are three reasons your skin could be dehydrated, and one hero hydrator that’s your one-stop fix for dry skin woes.


#1: Pollution.

Your skin is your body’s first line of defence. A strong natural moisture barrier helps keep hydration in and irritants out. When pollution and smog meet skin, they can disrupt that barrier and its ability to maintain healthy levels of hydration, leading to dull, flaky skin and, ultimately, premature ageing. To make matters worse, a compromised barrier also makes it harder for skin to defend itself against other damaging pollutants – so you can get stuck in a cycle of dehydration. Learn more in our guide to skin barrier damage.


#2: Air travel. 

That feeling of tight, dry skin after a long flight? No, you’re not imagining it. The typical airplane cabin is kept at less than 20% humidity – half the recommended levels of your home environment. That means there’s less moisture in the air for skin to draw in and hold onto. Extended time periods at low humidity levels can deplete your skin’s moisture levels, so it’s important to top it up to maintain plump, glowing, healthy skin. Our in-flight beauty secret? This hydrating travel-size trio


#3: Extreme weather.

That British tradition of ever-changing, unpredictable weather is every bit as inconvenient for your skin. Whatever the season, harsh weather can compromise your skin’s moisture barrier, from winter's bitter winds to the dry heat of summer. And dramatic shifts in temperature can further stress your moisture barrier and dehydrate skin, highlighting the importance of checking in with your skin and making a few necessary routine tweaks seasonally. Learn more about the best summer skincare routine, and the best winter skincare routine.


The Solution? Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator.

With all this considered, a hard-working moisturiser is an absolute must. Enter our bestselling Moisture Surge 100H™ Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. Formulated with a dual-action complex of aloe vera bio-ferment and hyaluronic acid, it soothes and refreshes skin, while delivering round-the-clock hydration and boosting skin’s resilience over time. It's oil-free and suitable for sensitive skin, so it's ideal if your skin barrier is compromised. What’s more, it can be used in multiple ways, including as a five-minute, ultra-hydrating mask – ideal for a quick in-flight moisture fix (discover more ways to use Moisture Surge™ here). So, with this little pink jar on standby, your skin will stay plump, glowing, and ready to face whatever life throws at you.

Beyond the original hydrator, our Moisture Surge™ range includes a variety of skin-quenching formulas to help keep skin fresh, hydrated and radiant. The latest addition is Moisture Surge™ SPF 25 Sheer Hydrator, a cloud-like cream moisturiser with SPF protection, which is ideal for everyday protection and hydration. A few other cult favourite formulas in the range include Moisture Surge™ Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief, a lightweight hydrating mist that's a desk-side essential at head office, alongside Moisture Surge™ Overnight Mask, a nourishing, creamy overnight sleeping mask that replenishes moisture overnight, while panthenol helps to support and restore your skin barrier.

Need some help creating your ideal skincare routine? Book in for a complimentary Skin School consultation with one of our own experts, where they’ll answer all your skincare questions and prescribe a Clinique skincare routine tailored to your skin type, concerns and goals. 

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Updated April 2024