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Our Ultimate Hydrating Serum for Dry Skin

Dry skin is an all-too-familiar occurrence that happens to many of us.


Your face feels dull and tight and your foundation does not seem to sit smoothly on your skin. Some of us may battle dry skin in the winter months or during a stressful time in life, whilst others may cope with dryness and irritation 365 days a year.

Our experts are here to assure you that dry skin can be easily corrected. We will explain what is causing your parched skin, the connection between dry skin and aging, and exactly what you can do to mend it—perhaps by using Lancôme’s hydrating serum products.

Dryness vs. Dehydration: What is the Difference?

Understanding the cause of your dry skin requires knowing the difference between dry skin and skin dehydration. Dry skin is an inherited skin type, similar to oily or combination skin.

Dehydration, on the other hand, is a skin condition caused by a lack of water in the stratum corneum—the top layer of your skin—and is a common symptom of dry skin. Outside influences can have a significant impact on your skin’s moisture levels as well. Whether it’s harsh weather, a change in season, pollution, sunburn, travel, low water intake or skipping your hydrating serum, these factors all greatly affect the quality of your skin.

Dryness Leads to Aging Skin: Why?

In addition to being uncomfortable, dehydration also causes skin to age at a faster rate. Think of it this way: your skin is the largest organ in your body and requires water to stay healthy and ensure optimal cell renewal. Skin cells cannot do their job without moisture—whether it’s because your skin is naturally less capable of retaining oils and water, or environmental and lifestyle factors that prevent water intake or retention (for example, you cannot seem to remember to apply your moisturiser).

Dry skin looks less lively due to dead skin cells building up on the surface of your skin, making it look flakey and dull, resulting in facial tightness and discomfort.

Breaking the Dry Skin Cycle

Dry skin can be a cyclical occurrence, and our lifestyles are often the biggest culprit. Inadequate sleep, minimal water intake, poor diet, smoking, excessive travel, stress and even certain skincare products can all dehydrate skin. You will need to continuously take quality care of your face and body, otherwise you can easily fall back into the challenge of dry skin concerns. We recommend making an effort to sleep for a minimum of eight hours each night, staying hydrated, and practising good skincare habits—like cleansing, regularly applying a hydrating serum and moisturising twice a day, every day.

Extreme weather temperatures and pollution can also have a negative impact on your skin. Whilst those may be difficult factors to control, they are additional reasons as to why good skincare matters. A hydrating serum for dry skin will help defend your skin from the elements and prevent moisture loss.

Lancôme’s Best Hydrating Serum for Dry Skin

A face serum for dry skin is your go-to beauty tool whenever you feel that your skin needs a dose of hydration or extra assistance in preventing water loss. Explore Lancôme’s top hydrating skincare products below:

Advanced Génifique

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The first step in preventing water loss involves finding a product that helps restore your skin barrier—and for that reason, we recommend our anti-aging serum Advanced Génifique. This face serum for dry skin contains prebiotic and probiotic fractions (Yeast and Bifidus Extracts) to help reduce fine lines and strengthen your skin barrier. It adds luminosity and radiance to your skin, whilst also improving your skin’s firmness, texture and elasticity.

How to Apply: Apply the face serum on clean, dry skin both in the morning and at night. The perfect amount will already be in the dropper, so dispense into the palm of your hand. Press the serum lightly, firmly and evenly into your skin. Spread the excess serum across your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck in long, gliding strokes, working from the centre of the face outwards. Finish by stroking downward on the T-zone and across the upper and lower lip, then under the jaw line.

The Routine: After applying the serum, follow with the Génifique Day Cream, a radiant moisturiser that combats signs of aging and hydrates all day long.

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Absolue Precious Cells Intense Revitalising Emulsion Face Toner

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For an iconic hydrating face toner that comes in a luxuriously smooth, fluid texture, we recommend trying the Absolute Precious Cells Intense Revitalising Emulsion Face Toner. The formula contains Rose Distillate and Pro-Xylane to envelope your skin in nourishing moisture and comfort, before melting into a radiant, dewy finish. By using this face toner daily, your wrinkles will appear diminished, your skin will glow with radiance and feel more elastic, firmer and replumped.

How To Apply: Apply morning and/or evening on clean skin. Use gentle pressure with your palm to gently massage the fluid into the skin.

The Routine: Pair with the Absolue Ultimate Repair Bi-Ampoule at night to nourish your skin with moisture and protect your skin from external environmental factors, even whilst you sleep.

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Absolue L’Extrait Essence Hydrating Mist

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If you are looking explore hydrating skincare products beyond creams and serums, then opt for the Absolue L'Extrait Essence. This is a hydrating mist that contains natural rosewater, and it is known for its ability to instantly soften, hydrate and revive the radiance of skin. Each on-the-go spritz releases the luminous scent of a rose garden, as it envelops skin in freshness and comfort and leaves you with soft, supple skin.

How To Apply: Use 3 progressive sprays of the lotion 30cm away from the face to reveal a "teint de rose.” Before application, enhance absorption by briskly rubbing your hands together to warm them and pressing palms onto the forehead, cheeks and chin, beginning at the centre of the face and working outwards.

The Routine: Pair the essence with the Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Concentrated-Elixir – which we’ll discuss next!

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Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Concentrated Elixir

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Our Absolue L'Extrait Ultimate Concentrated Elixir is a pearly gel emulsion serum for dry skin, formulated with legendary Lancôme Rose, which transforms upon contact with the skin into a light and fresh elixir. This concentrate immediately enhances the skin’s feel and appearance, giving you a new feeling of refined smoothness and velvety softness. Your skin’s features will be more hydrated, tightened and lifted, and the skin’s density and firmness will feel improved.

How To Apply: In the morning and evening, apply the elixir with hands onto your entire face and neck. Smooth and massage to help the product penetrate into the skin. Rinse the petal in hot water and shake it dry. Repeat short, rolling movements three times on each side of the face. Lastly, rinse the petal in cool water and shake it dry. Perform a wavelike smoothing massaging gesture.

The Routine: The Absolue Premium βx Face Day Cream is an excellent moisturiser match, helping to hydrate and regain the youthful appearance of your skin.

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By using a hydrating serum for dry skin, you will be adding a crucial step to your daily skincare regimen, resulting in radiantly hydrated skin and reduced signs of aging.

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