Beauty: excellent new dehydration serums

'I'm glad to say huge progress has been made: the products have become ever so good and my face is pleased'

My fourth Weekend beauty column, more than three years ago, lamented the beauty industry's apparent refusal to see the difference between dry skin (lacking in oil) and dehydrated skin (lacking in water). I'm glad to say huge progress has been made: the products have become ever so good and my face is pleased.

Currently in my bathroom and unlikely to be shown the door is Kiehl's Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum (£40) – at first, it seemed too gloopy and full of silicone to be useful, but it's actually rather miraculous: it leaves skin plumper, brighter and perfectly hydrated. I'm equally taken with Vichy's Aqualia Thermal Serum (£16.15). Sensibly priced and visibly effective on dehydrated skin, this is the latest release from a brand that seems diligently to develop excellent skincare without making a fuss about it. Finally, Indeed Labs Hydraluron Jelly (£16.66, does nothing for me, but many readers love the range so much that I'm reluctantly admitting you may be on to something. Oily dehydrated types revere it. Dry dehydrated, not so much.

Organic cleansing balms

The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter, £29.96,
I'm so into this. Smells great, feels silky rather than greasy, and rewards the effort of melting it between fingertips before massaging in. As with any balm cleanser, remove with a flannel. Suitable for all.

Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm, £7.99,
Top quality at a great price. Cleanses thoroughly, and the small pot means you can give balm and hot cloth cleansing a whirl without commitment (you won't go back).

AD Skin Synergy Essential Cleansing Balm, £26,
I heard about this via Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey's excellent Beauty Bible. It leaves skin scrupulously clean and soft, and works well on spotty skins. On the pricey side, yes, but it lasts for months and months.

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