The best new hydrators | Sali Hughes

Nowadays, rarely a season goes by without several product launches aimed at the thirsty skinned, but rarely are they so broadly good

It took for ever for the beauty industry to accept there is a fundamental difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin (lacking in oil and/or water, respectively) and each requires different treatment. Now it has had its lightbulb moment, it seems to be committed to making up for lost time. Nowadays, rarely a season goes by without several product launches aimed at the thirsty skinned, but rarely are they so broadly good. I’m mad about L’Occitane’s new Aqua Réotier collection – or more specifically, its two moisturisers – Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream, and Gel, £28 each for 50ml. Both are instantly refreshing and visibly plumping of fine lines, while the cream (for drier types) is ungreasy and the gel (for combination skins), unsticky. Each layers perfectly under foundation primer and makeup with no pilling, peeling or sliding, and doesn’t wear off until one’s bedtime cleanse. There’s an accompanying “hydrating essence” to layer underneath before serum, but I prefer Vichy’s newish humectant Minéral 89 (£25, 50ml).

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