Is it Wrinkles or Dehydrated Skin?

Climate affects dehydrated skin

One panicky statement I frequently hear is “I have wrinkles around my eyes!” and questioning where to buy an anti-aging eye cream and/or Botox. Or worse, someone in their 20’s comes in after getting Botox because they think they have newly formed wrinkles.

I’m using eyes as an example here because this is where many see wrinkles first, whether from collagen breakdown or dehydration. The eye area is delicate with thin skin. But you could see an increase in wrinkles or deepening of current wrinkles elsewhere on your skin.


Usually, dehydrated skin is the culprit, and I’ll tell you three things:

You need to hydrate.

You should be using an eye cream anyway.

Step away from the Botox.


Once you’ve optimally hydrated you can revisit injectables but it shouldn’t be your first step.


Here’s the thing: you can have dehydrated skin even if you drink tons of water! The climate you live in, how often you’re traveling, seasonal changes, alcohol and salt consumption, heat all affect your skin’s ability to stay hydrated. Even your age plays a role, mature skin doesn’t keep moisture well. And, your internal organs receive hydration before your skin.

When you experience dehydrated skin your wrinkles are going to look worse than they are. You may even see new, thin lines. Once you hydrate you’ll immediately notice your skin is plump, dewy, and your lines appear more full. They may even appear nonexistent. Be sure to exfoliate on the reg to slough off dead skin, this will allow your hydrating products to penetrate deeper. You’re going to need more than just a moisturizer.


Use a hydrating serum every day or as needed in your regimen.

Personal Favorite: Skinceutical Hydrating B5 Gel offers multi-level hydration and it’s in my regular regimen rotation
Where to buy: Skinceuticals $78DermStore $78
Budget Friendly: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum won’t give you the same level of hydration and you may find yourself using it more frequently, but at its price point it’s a winner
Where to buy: First Aid Beauty $36Sephora $36


Use a hydrating treatment mask weekly or when traveling, these double as sleep masks!

Personal Favorite: Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Mask is thick and deeply hydrating. A little bit goes a long way!
Where to buy: Skinceuticals $54Dermstore $54
Budget Friendly: Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask will get the job done, but if you feel as though you need heavy duty hydration you may want to go with Skinceuticals.
Where to buy: Aveda $24Nordstrom $24


What do you use to keep your skin hydrated?

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