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Dehydrated vs. Dry Skin

Dehydrated vs. Dry Skin

February 19, 2020

Did you know, dry skin is a skin type, and dehydration refers to a skin condition that can affect all skin types including oily, combination, dry and sensitive skin?


Dehydrated skin, simply put, does not have enough water, and can be a result of many external factors, including weather, environment, diet, and caffeine consumption. This is when you need to include products that contain hydrosols, flower waters, and humectants such as sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, beta-glucan, pathenol and allantoin, then seal it off with an oil-based product.

What you may feel when your skin is dehydrated can be one or more of the followings:

Dehydrated Skin | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

The truth is, more often than not, when your skin feels ‘dry’, it is dehydrated, and not because you have dry skin. This is when you need to add in water to the skin, instead of using moisturizers that are primarily used for sealing in moisture——without enough water in the skin, there is nothing to seal in!

Check out some of our recommendations that will help rehydrate your skin effectively and immediately:

La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer 
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Carefully formulated with 15 precious flower and plant distillates such as rare Jasmine, Damascus Rose, Cornflower and Helichrysum Flower Water, botanical extracts including Edelweiss, Hibiscus, White Peony and Cactus Flower, plus low weight hyaluronic acid and glycerin, this amazing smelling mist hydrates and locks in moisture, calms and soothes, brightens and evens skin tone, reduce wrinkles and scars, and promotes cell regeneration while being anti-acne and anti-inflammatory.

Agent Nateur holi(water) Hyaluronic Pearl & Rose Toner | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

holi(water) Hyaluronic Pearl & Rose Toner
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Features hydrating, moisturizing, brightening, anti-inflammatory and age-defying Bulgarian Rose Water, Damascus Rose Oil, French Lavender Water and Jasmine Sambac Oil, together with Sodium Hyaluronate to pull in water, whilst Pitaya brightens, hydrates and firm, Cucumber soothes, moisturizes and reduces redness, Pearl Powder brightens, promotes skin regeneration and collagen synthesis, and Organic Honey and Glycerin hydrates and nourishes the skin.

Twelve Beauty Ultra Revitalising Elixir | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Ultra Revitalising Elixir  <- Click to shop

With a base of rare distilled Mallow, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), and ingredients including Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sodium PCA, Saccharide Isomerate, Allantoin, Rice Starch, as well as precious Masterwort Leaf, Butterfly Bush and White Genepì, this powerful yet gentle formula provides long-lasting hydration, soothes irritations, improves the skin's natural barrier and water retention function, soothes irritated skin, reduces inflammations and support skin cell regeneration. It also helps in fighting free radicals, pollution and allergens, whilst brightening and repairing the skin by creating a protective film on the skin.

KLUR Immersion Serum Concentrate | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Immersion Serum Concentrate 
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Besides having a wide range of ultra hydrating ingredients including Aloe Vera Juice, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, planet-based-HA Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Bamboo Sap and Allantoin, the serum is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis and micro-circulation, improve skin barrier and hydration, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, and rejuvenate skin. Whilst, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola, White Tea and Chamomile etc. are added to brighten, fight free radicals, hydrate and soothe.

Twelve Beauty Ideal Moisture Level Serum | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Ideal Moisture Level Serum  <- Click to shop

This formula, suitable for the most sensitive skin, targets dehydrated skin with Saccharide Isomerate, long-chain Sodium Hyaluronate and Panthenol to provide long-lasting hydration while forming a protective layer on the skin surface to lock in moisture and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. It is also fortified with Organic Masterwort Leaf, Butterfly Bush, White Genepì and Mallow Extract for powerful moisturizing, soothing, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritation and healing actions.



Dry skin produces less oil than normal skin, meaning the skin is without the lipids it needs to retain moisture and build a strong barrier to protect against moisture loss and external aggressors. There will often be no improvement despite using creams and moisturizers if you are not using the right type of products.

Typical dry skin characteristics include:

Dry Skin | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

If you indeed have dry skin, what you need is to include the right oil-based products, such as the ones recommended below, to supplement the lack of sebum and assist with soothing inflammation and skin conditions that are triggered by a disrupted skin barrier.

OUMERE Serum Bioluminelle™ | Ambrosia | Hong Kong
Serum Bioluminelle™  <- Click to shop

Combining precious water-soluble and oil-soluble organic botanical ingredients including Ursolic Acid, Beta Glucan, Elastin Protein, Ginseng, Reishi, Sea Kelp, Broccoli Sprout, Cilantro, Turmeric Extracts, as well as Carrot Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Green Coffee Oil and Black Seed Oil, the bi-phase formula targets skin cells at the cellular level to promote collagen and elastin synthesis, reverse UV damage and reduce hyperpigmentation, hydrate and nourish, thus rejuvenating, regenerating and revitalizing the skin from within.

Agent Nateur holi(oil) Ageless Face Serum | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

holi(oil) Ageless Face Serum  <- Click to shop

With a base of Rice Bran Oil and Rosehip Oil, as well as actives including Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ketogluconate, Damascus Rose Extract and Helichrysum and Sandalwood Oil, not only can holi(oil) nourish the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promote cell and collagen regeneration and self-hyaluronic acid production, calm, reduce redness, soothe and improve rosacea and eczema, the ingredients it uses are also clinically-proven to actually reduce acne and lift skin!

Marie Reynolds London Elixir™ | Ambrosia | Hong Kong
Elixir™  <- Click to shop

Rich in high concentration of Vitamin C, as well as Omegas-3, 6 and 9, Vitamins ABDEK, Antioxidants, Flavonoids, Tocotrienols, Phenolic Compounds, Proteins, and Minerals etc., the Apricot Oil, Marula Oil, Sunflower Oil, Neroli Oil, Frankincense Oil and Rose Geranium Oil in Elixir™ effectively brighten the skin, reduce scars and hyperpigmentation, repair the skin barrier, lock in moisture, slow aging, soothe sensitivity and eczema, fight inflammations, bacteria and free radicals, and promote skin cell regeneration.

ANFISA Skin LILOU Regenerating Balm | Ambrosia | Hong Kong
LILOU Regenerating Balm  <- Click to shop

Rich in Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil and Kakadu Plum extract, this beautiful balm is packed full of vitamin C amongst other vitamins and phytonutrients and fatty acids to brighten, reduce redness and hyperpigmentation, fight free radicals and stimulate collagen synthesis and cell regeneration.


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