Dehydration has been one of my main skin concerns for the past several years since I turned 30. Prior to that I lived my entire life with pure combination skin and never had to worry about anything other than controlling the oil production in the T-zone. But then it was like someone flipped a switch and all of a sudden my face feels both shiny and dry at the same time, all day long.
Dehydration can affect any skin type, and it’s different from having dry skin. By definition, dry skin does not produce enough oil necessary to hold on to the moisture. Dehydrated skin may have plenty of oil available, but it doesn’t have enough water. It’s not uncommon to have oily/dehydrated skin or dry/dehydrated skin, but most of us grew up not knowing that was even a possibility. For instance, my sister thought she had dry skin until she visited a new dermatologist for the first time who told her she actually has dehydrated/oily skin. Imagine how shocked she was! As soon as she started the new skin appropriate regimen, her complexion normalized and her skin now looks better than it did in her 20s [we are very close in age, and she is also in her 30s now].
If you think you might have dehydrated skin, there are two main things you need to consider:
- A good source of water/moisture.
- An occlusive appropriate for your skin type to prevent that moisture from evaporating.
Fresh recently sent me two of their rose products to try, and my very first thought was that they make a great pair to treat dehydrated skin.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($44) is a gentle alcohol-free orange-toned solution with rose petals suspended at the bottom of the bottle. I think the petals were added for aesthetic purposes only which I can totally appreciate – the toner is so pretty to look at! It smells like pure rosewater and nothing else; a very natural fragrance unlike those sharp synthetic rose scents. This toner is both cleansing and hydrating: it’s kind of like a micellar water that you don’t wash off afterward. Fresh recommends using it immediately after cleansing. Saturate a cotton round and gently swipe across your face to remove any remaining impurities, soften, and hydrate the skin.
I know sometimes toners can be superficial and unnecessary, but this one is more than just fancy overpriced water. It actually leaves my skin feeling plumper, more hydrated, and a little sticky to touch. The ingredient lists boasts several moisturizing heavy hitters, like rosewater, rose fruit extract, rose flower oil, angelica leaf extract, and Sodium Hyaluronate among other things.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream ($40) is a cream-gel formula that smells very lightly like fresh roses. Silky, cloud-like texture feels lightweight on the skin, and the formula contains enough occlusive ingredients that act as a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Fresh labeled this moisturizer for dry and normal skin types, but I think it’s light enough to suit any type of dehydrated skin, even oily, as long as you don’t overload your face with too many layers of other products. This moisturizer is currently in my skincare rotation, because I really like how smooth and supple it makes my face feel during the day.
For me the results were exactly as promised: Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream keeps my skin feeling moisturized, soft, and plump. When I don’t use hydrating and moisturizing products, my skin quickly goes back to looking dull and feeling dehydrated. In my case, the reason is internal, but I’m not quite sure how to fix it or if it’s even worth it. I can get it to feel good and look good with skincare products, even if it’s just a temporary relief.
I hope you enjoyed this quick review of two bestsellers from Fresh. I ended up liking both of the products, but I was especially excited to try the toner because I saw it way too many times on Instagram touted as a HG product by many of my fellow beauty bloggers.
Based on my experience, I believe together Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner and Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream can work for any kind of dehydrated skin, except maybe sensitive. Although the products don’t contain drying alcohol, they are still lightly scented, and fragrance can be potentially irritating to certain skin types.
Have you tried Fresh skincare? Do you use rose-scented products in your beauty routine? Let me know in the comments below!