Five Top Picks For Dehydrated, Thirsty Skin: Hydraluron, San Soucis, Clarins, L’Occitane, La Roche Posay

By Emma | December 5 2012 | 31 Comments

Is your skin thirstier than Lindsay Lohan? Flakier than Zooey Deschanel? And do creams aimed at dry skin just break you out? Yup, me too. Till a few years ago, I thought my skin was combination oily and dry. That doesn’t actually make much sense – dry skin is lacking in oil, so it’s unlikely one face could be both. No, what I am, and what a lot of women are, is dehydrated – my skin is parched for water, so it’s sometimes tight and uncomfortable, occasionally flaky, and increasingly prone to fine lines.

Until recently, there weren’t a whole lot of products for dehydrated skin on the shelves. But the beauty industry at last seems to have copped to this gap in the market and over the past year or so we have seen several really great products appear for dehydrated skin. Many of them contain that wonder ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which we told you about here. Here’s my pick of the bunch for quenching thirsty skin.

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ONE Hydraluron, by Indeed Laboratories

This is a clear gel that’s loaded with the purest form of hyaluronic acid – allowing your skin to really drink up the moisture from the products you apply on top. I’ve used it for two weeks and it’s made a noticeable difference – my skin feels softer and smoother, and the fine lines on my forehead – my main beauty bugbear – are much diminished. It’s the guts of €30 for a tiny 30 ml tube – but hey, it works. Find it in Boots.

TWO San Soucis Deep Moist Depot

More than 70 years old, San Soucis is a German brand that’s similar to Vichy, Avene and La Roche Posay in its use of thermal spring water in all of its products. Deep Moist (let’s not even start on the name) is their bestseller and contains hyaluronic acid along with mineral-rich algae extract, Vitamin E, almond oil and and organic silicon complex. Layer it under your moisturiser for instant plump and glowy skin. It’s in the same price range as Hydraluron – €30.50 for 30ml, from pharmacies nationwide.

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THREE Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase

One of the best serums I’ve tried for dehydrated skin – using this alongside one of the products above really boosts the moisture levels in my skin and, crucially, helps smooth out my forehead lines. Feels light and lovely on the skin, and provides a nice smooth base for makeup. It’s €53.89.

FOUR L’Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask

One of my favourite face masks, this is a light, fresh gel with hyaluronic acid as well as angelica – a plant with powerful hydrating properties.  Makes a difference in three minutes, but I like to use it overnight and wake to softer, more radiant skin. €31.50’s the damage here.

FIVE La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum

Another great treatment utilising hyaluronic acid, this clear gel, €23, was the first product I came across that specifically targeted dehydrated skin. The first time I used it I could feel my parched skin drinking it up and noticed an immediate plumping effect. Lovely.

So now I want to know two things: have you tried any of these? And do you have any suggestions of your own for thirsty skin?


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31 Replies to "Five Top Picks For Dehydrated, Thirsty Skin: Hydraluron, San Soucis, Clarins, L’Occitane, La Roche Posay"

  • Gracie says:

    Thanks for this post!

    I love LRP and use many of their products. But Hydraphase serum has alcohol in it, which irritates the hell out of my skin.

    I had my eye on Hydraluron for a long time. I should give it a try soon.

    And where exactly are San Soucis products sold? I like the sound of that serum.

  • Gracie, call 061496600 or email for your closest San Soucis stockist – it’s really lovely stuff xo

  • thefrog says:

    Well Emma thanks to your review and LoCo (if I remember well) suggesting it, I’ve been using the LRP serum for the past 5 days and I’ve seen immediate improvement on my skin. The redness and general ‘tight and uncomfortable’ feeling is gone and I feel like my face is back to normal. Relieved is an understatement. I’ll try the Body Shop vit E serum as well, to see how it compares to LRP.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Skin thirstier than Lindsay Lohan Bhahaha!
    But yes it is – thanks for these tips Emma

  • Harto says:

    Another vote for Clarins Bi-Phase – got it at the weekend and after a boozy weekend my skin was still looking good and I’m putting it down to using the serum!

  • Donna says:

    Claudalie SOS Serum is brilliant!

  • Ladyjane says:

    These are a bit steeply priced! Anything a bit cheaper? Also I have an oil but am afraid to use it in case I break out. What way do you ladies recommend using oils?

  • Senora Espana says:

    Thanks for this Emma – so timely! Read this on the train, got off train, went to pharmacy right next store to station and purchased La Roche Posay serum! Bye bye flaky forehead!

  • EvieM says:

    Cheers for that Emma, and for the detail on the LRP Senora Espana, have patches of flakiness on my face and was considering getting it but unsure on spending over €20 if it wasn’t right for the job. Will definitely be purchasing.

  • lil-bee says:

    I’ve heard of Hydraluron .. haven’t tried it yet! I recently got the Hyaluronic Acid from Etat Pur which is really nice. They do some great active serums, definitely worth checking out :D

  • Ladyjane, you could try this Simple product – I haven’t used it myself but have heard that it’s good:

  • Christina says:

    For anyone living in, or travelling to, the UK, Superdrug do a great range of products for dehydrated skin. It’s called ‘Simply Pure Aqua Hydrating’ and there’s a whole line of products – cleanser, day cream, night cream, serum, eye gel – none of which costs more than a few quid. Highly recommended!

  • GenericUsername says:

    This is EXACTLY what I need. I’m after a shower, sat here and my face is crying out for some moisture. I drink a good bit of water but I think working out daily and the AC/Winter air is not a nice combo on it. Defo going to treat myself to one of these, the first sounds the nicest and making forehead lines diminish? I’m sold!

    I have a mask from Sanctuary at the mo though, only one of the little sachets. This one from Boots:

    It’s alright like, it does what it says but I find it more of a quick fix than actually helping over a set time.

  • Christina says:

    BTW Aldi Lacura also have a range for dehydrated skin, with products which contain hyaluronic acid. I haven’t tried them, so can’t vouch for their quality, but I have used other products from the Lacura range and have found them excellent. Given that the priciest product in the range costs less than a fiver ,they’re surely worth a try!

  • Freckles says:

    Love the post but I do wish there was a little more focus on other skin types. It could just be me but it seems to be a lot of ‘dry skin/hair/hands’ posts atm. I guess it is winter but maybe just a thought to bear in mind. :)

  • Emma says:

    This isn’t about dry skin at all – I’m mostly oily, but also dehydrated! xo

  • Neasa says:

    Ladyjane and others asking for cheaper recommendations – Sali Hughes in the Guardian did a column on budget beauty serums the other week. Her recommendations are usually excellent and I’m sure there were a couple of recommendations catering for dehydrated skin.

  • Emma says:

    Oh I love Sali, thanks Neasa – must check that out!

  • Sabrina says:

    Love this post. I have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks, so annoying. I really have been dying to try Hydraluron, sounds fab.
    Ladyjane – I love Aldi’s wrinkle stop serum, it’s under a €10 and it’s really hydrating. Boots Vit E mask is fab aswell, its about €14 i think.

  • Ladyjane says:

    Thanks ladies! Will have a go!

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