Although my skin is oily, it's mainly due to how I manage my skin and the areas which are dehydrated that cause the oiliness. This is something I didn't realise until I had my skin treated by experts in the field and was told my skin was in fact very dehydrated in places. It can be baffling to hear your skin is dehydrated when you have always described your skin as oily, but it makes sense when you think about it; in the areas where my skin is dehydrated it tries to compensate by producing more sebum, but in turn this doesn't solve the issue of dehydration so more and more sebum continues to be produced. Only by tackling the dehydration can I tackle the oiliness, they go hand-in-hand.
I treat my skin type and needs by using a variety of products and with different steps in my skincare routine, such as picking each step to deal with a specific concern and usually opting for my serums, oils and moisturisers to do the most hydration wise. Another way I treat the dehydration in my skin, particularly in winter, is with masks which specifically target dehydrated skin. One such mask is the La Roche-Posay Soothing Rehydrating Mask.
La Roche-Posay is a brand I have really grown to love over the past 18 months and I find the products on offer incredibly effective for the price. This mask is no different, coming in at just £16 for 50ml and often on offer over at www.escentual.com. Over the past 8 weeks I'd say I reach for this mask at least twice a week, either when I want a little hydration boost before my evening skincare is applied, or as the final step when doing a 3-step at-home face mask routine.
A mask which feels instantaneously soothing once applied, it is a light-weight cream mask that has a very fresh scent. It's an extremely gentle mask, probably why I love it so much when following deep cleansing and exfoliating masks, with an intensive formula that aims to boost hydration, plump the complexion and boost your skins health. It's best suited for dehydrated and sensitive skin, although such a calming mask to use, it'd easily be suitable for all skin types. What makes this mask stand out is the use of two specific and unique ingredients; there's the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, an ingredient which features throughout the La Roche-Posay range, which is a natural anti-oxidant which both calms and soothes, as well as Hyaluronic Acid fragments which work to infuse and retain water in skin, ultimately boosting hydration.
I apply like I do all of my masks, with a clean foundation brush which ensures I apply the mask everywhere effectively. La Roche-Posay advise you leave on for 10 minutes, but due to the nature of the mask it's one I've often left on longer and had no issues with for doing so. When I'm ready to take it off I simply rinse away with a warm cloth, preferably my favourite Bodhi & Birch Bamboo Cotton Flannel, before following up with my usual skincare products. Each use has left my skin feeling softer and plumper to the touch, with a visibly clear and fresher complexion and most importantly, that all important boost of hydration that my skin needs. A must try for anyone needing a little extra TLC over the cold winter months.