I’m a Dehydrated MESS! I Need Your Skincare Advice!

by Jacque Gonzales

To all my friends and BEAUTY aficionados:

HELP!!! WHAT do I do??? My skin has become EXTREMELY DEHYDRATED!!! I need your skincare recommendations for FACE & BODY ASAP!!!

Here I am! Clean face and no filter! Dehydrated, acne prone, with redness.

Did you know there’s a BIG difference between dry and dehydrated skin???

Look what I found:


• Feels rough

• Appears dry

• Can be flaky


• Looks dull

• Feels tight

• Feels rough

• Is sensitive

• Shows fine lines

• Shows accelerated signs of aging, like sagging skin and deep wrinkles

So if you have a moment – will you please let me know the BEST beauty products you know about or have used to combat dehydrated skin???

To top things off, I’ve got stress eczema on my hands and thighs. Which, of course, my doctor says “Stop being stressed.” Yea, sure doc, I can turn it on and off like a switch. NOT!!! It’s dry, itchy, and peels.

Also, how much does daily water intake contribute to skin health??? I’d imagine quite a bit – and I don’t drink much water at all! How much water should I be drinking daily? What foods have hidden water in them that will help me meet a daily water intake goal?

Thank you all so much for any advice you may have for me!

Jacque 💜

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ChynnaBlue May 15, 2018 - 11:33 PM

You may want to check out Korean skincare products. Where America is focused on retinol and anti-aging stuff, Korean skincare is focused on moisture and a dewy glow. I’ve incorporated some items and found them to be an enournous help.

I really like these Essences: Hanskin Real Conplexion Hyaluron Skin Essence; Missha Tine Revolution The First Treatment Essence. An essence goes on between a toner and a serum or in place of a toner.

Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid says it’s a toner, but it’s really a serum. When I used that under the Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream moisturizer, it really made a difference in my winter skin.

My favorite products have been Korean sheets masks. They’re cloth or gel masks soaked in serums and they hydrate my skin like crazy. I put one on and meditate or listen to an audio book for 20
Minutes before bed and the next morning my skin thanks me. I like the Aloe Vera masks by a company called Leaders, but there are tons to choose from and they focus on various needs.

You can find lots of Korean skincare at websites like SoKo Glam and Glow Recipe. Target has started to carry the Missha brand online and in some stores. And Charlotte Cho, creator of SoKo Glam, wrote a short book called The Lottle Book of Skincare that I found very helpful.

Hope you find something that helps turn things around!

Adrian mosqueda May 3, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Try C23 by Zaia. It’s a Vitamin C serum that uses VC-IP and its oil based. Since it’s oil based, Vitamin C it is absorved by the skin 3x more than water based products. You can have a free sample at http://thehollywoodavenue.com

beyourbestyou12 March 12, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Jacque, Im new to all this blogging stuff but please follow my blog, Jennifer Pecks Skin Care Blog. The skin need to be treated internally and externally. The obvious is drink water but let me just say there is nothing you can do if you do not get mechanical exfoliation of the skin. The skin by design is meant to keep things out. This makes it very challenging from treating the skin from the outside in. If you do not mechanically remove outer layers of skin nothing can penetrate it. Therefore whatever you purchase is a waste of money because it will not remove the outer layers of skin. You need to get a Hydrafacial and purchase products that nourish the skin. Skinmedica is the best on the market. Rodan and Fields is a waste of money.

Melody March 5, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Rodan & Fields. Did not believe the hype but I am addicted. Try it for 30 days.

Faye March 4, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Jacque, the best thing I found for eczema is Gold Bond Ultimate eczema relief. I had two large stress patches on my face and the palms of my hands, it cleared up pretty quickly. I use it daily on my face and hands for maintenance. Wishing you luck!

Jess March 4, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Try a brand called Belif. I get it at Sephora. They have their own website belifcosmetic dot com. Their products are gentle and very effective!

Michele March 4, 2018 - 9:14 AM

If you are dehydrated water is the key! You should cut back on caffeinated beverages. They are dehydrating especially if you are not drinking water. Paula’s Choice sells many wonderful skin care products!

Donna Costigan March 4, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Me, too, but I am 70. I love Dr. Denese, but her products dried me out. Believe it or not, Dove body wash is working in the shower. Am anxious to see what works. You still are beautiful.

John McGeorge March 3, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Not really sure. But you as a “mess” look about 10 times better than most at their best. Hope you find relief soon.

Cynthia Beattie (@swissmissled) March 3, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Gold Bond is great for dry skin. I have type 2 diabetes and use the diabetic formula but they also have one for eczema. I use Neutrogena deep cleaning wash and No. 7 moisturizer. Drinking water is very important. I mix it with green tea powder and it is delicious and gives me energy.

Kathy P. March 3, 2018 - 6:05 PM

For daily skin care, I use a glycerin-based cream or lotion. (Think Kiehl’s or Camille Beckman.) For Eczema, I used a prescription steroid cream. I have very sensitive skin as I was born without epithelial tissue, and they used lanolin on me. That sometimes helps when I can’t find the glycerin products. My eczema is on my hands and under my arms. Good luck, Dear!

sharon chun (@sharonchun) March 3, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Rice foaming cleanser followed by our pure rose water, next Gold Energizing cream which is a cure all treatment balm, mix in some of our bio lift serum while you’re at it, next our bio lift +cream, and don’t forget neck cream, we also have a fabulous retinol body and hand lotion , for especially dry face, try bio lift mask over night – it’s all the rage even for other countries…. try the jasmine healing mask since your skin seems sensitive …i can’t say enough of this brand 80 to 100% pure, best skincare I’ve used in all my 58 years of living😁

Sandra Wolvin March 3, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Hi again! I received my HAWAIIAN 🌺 CREAM TODAY IN THE MAIL! I will let you know, if your interested!?!🌺

JenJ March 3, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Check out Serious Skincare. Their Creamerum serum and moisturizer are good. Also their Pure Pep moisturizer is another good one. I also like their Ultra-Mare serum.

Kim March 3, 2018 - 3:27 PM

I had a deluxe sample from Sephora of LXMI PURE NILOTICA MELT and I love it. I’m 57 so I need a lot of help with my aging skin. I just ordered the full size ($48) from the LXMI website. They are currently offering 20% and free shipping with a $50 purchase. I also purchases the wand $8 to reach $50. Use code: MELT

Luck March 3, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Rodan+Fields!! Active hydration would be major for your skin. Would love to tell you more!! 😘

Lulu March 3, 2018 - 2:55 PM

i have dry, sensitive skin..i can not use exfoliating acids at all..i use argan oil then a moisturizer..this winter, been using L’Occitane 25% shea butter moisturizer..hope you find something that helps you..

W Faye Broome March 3, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Jacque try Mario Badescu skin care line. I’m 65 & just started using it this past summer. It has made a difference in my skin.

Tsnya March 3, 2018 - 2:22 PM

It starts from within. Drink tons of water…I mean tons!! Then Isomers Hyaluronic Acid straight up. Might want to step away from the caffeine. Simple & effective. Did I say drink tons of water? 💕

NANCY March 3, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Yes DRINK water!! At least 64 oz! You can add lemon or sliced cucumber if you prefer. During cold weather I’ll even drink hot water with lemon.
It helps a lot with skin and overall health.
I highly recommend Josie M’s Aragon oil. I also was having adult acne issues. I tried Peter Thomas Roth Acne cream and it is amazing. Non drying and works. To maintain, I dab on a tiny amount on my prior problem areas in the morning. I also stopped using Purity. I had used it for at least 10 years and loved it. I swear though the formula changed. My skin wasn’t feeling good. Looked dull, felt tight and acne. I stopped using it and after one week, the acne was much less, skin was glowing and felt soft again. I waited 2 months and tried Purity (because I loved it for so long), within 3 days dryness and tightness returned.
So I use Dr. Denese hydrating facial cleanser. I buy direct fr. her website. I don’t shop QVC anymore.
Good luck!!! Start with the water though (you will be tinkling a lot for a week or so, but then your body will adjust)

ynool (@ynoolfl) March 3, 2018 - 2:02 PM

You could take Omega3 supplements, eat avocados, and drink water. If I decrease sugar and meat intake, and increase my vegetable consumption it improves my skin appearance not to mention the waistline. HUMIDIFIER ON MY SIDE of the bed has made my skin better than any supplement, cleanser or cream I have ever used. Shea butter on your hands and thighs. Try meditation. Find a local group or solo at home. Good luck with stress reduction.

ynool (@ynoolfl) March 3, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Meditation, yoga, prayer, physical activity, etc… Find what works for you 👧

Karen March 3, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Dr. Denese Hydroshield is the BEST. I will never be without this on my skin as my first product before anything else

Jennifer Gomez March 3, 2018 - 1:35 PM

I have been using Perricones chia serum and so far I love it. My skins looks and feels hydrated.

Jennifer Johns March 3, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Eat a lot of fruits and veggies, 10 oz of water a day. Keep your hands away from your face. As you know good skin care is the best, I use all philosophy products.

Maureen March 3, 2018 - 1:24 PM

I drink water (as I have had kidney stones before). I also drink a sparkling probiotic drink once a day. It has apple cider vinegar and other organic items plus the probiotics in it. Try not to drink things that have sugar in them. I try to drink about 60-75 ounces of water a day. I also take a biotin vitamin (as it helps with skin). There are a number of other vitamins and supplements I take as well.
When it comes to beauty products I am very minimal. I do the Philosophy moisturizer and their Purity cleanser and use a powder make up. Every once in a while I will go to have a facial done and I do make sure I visit the dermatologist (as I recently lost my father and it was skin cancer that had metastasized).
I wish I could be of more help but this is what I do.

Lori Zats Bauer March 3, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Hey Jacque I totally understand dehydration and can help! You should try Beautycounter’s Countermatch regimen and one of our face oils! We also have body products, as well as stuff for your daughter if you want/need! Products are all void of over 1500 toxic chemicals, carcinogens, etc – safer and perform so well! Happen to catch our segment on the Today show yesterday with Maria Shriver?? You’re welcome to borrow products to try for a few days (since we’re neighbors), and we have a 60 day $ back guarantee! Beautycounter.com/loribauer

Sandra Wolvin March 3, 2018 - 12:46 PM

WoW my COUSIN USING RODAN+FIELDS!!!! She c an’t say enough about it…just talked to her about it…haven’t tried yet…me I use TATCHA AND GOING TO TRY HAWAIIAN 🌺 HEALING…waiting to receive it!!!!

Jane March 3, 2018 - 12:43 PM

So research vegetable glycerin. It pulls the moisture from inside out. You can add essential oils for nice smell. It’s miraculous how fast it works and so economical. Get on Amazon for 10.00. Read about it and try. My feet changed literally over night. 100 percent safe and should not be an issue even for sensitive skin. You can use anywhere on body!!

Mary mcbride March 3, 2018 - 12:42 PM

When my face is dry(and it always is) during the day I’ll run my hands under the faucet and press onto my face. It absorbs really quickly. Also Bobbi Brown facial cream and eye cream really help keep moisture in. If I’m still dry I’ll add a drop of argon oil to makeup or pre makeup. I hope this helps. The Bobbi Brown reps are always available to chat with you and they have specials every week, GWP. And no I’m not affiliated with BB lol.

Mary Fran March 3, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Jacque, please try Rodan + Fields! It truly has been a game changer for me and I HAD all of your issues as you listed above. I would love to help you. ❤️
Mary Fran

Lynne p March 3, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Dr Josh Axe on FB has some wonderful natural ideas for healthy body & skin. I use a lot of essential oils and coconut & he has recipes. Good luck!

Mandy March 3, 2018 - 12:33 PM

I’m a big fan of Korean beauty. Black sugar foam cleanser and masks. Vitamin C serum in the morning, I use First Aid beauty hydra firm sleeping lotion at night. Makes a big difference.

Amy Rose March 3, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Hi! I’m in the same boat! I want to see what kind of advice you get. Take care!!


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