Is your skin dehydrated or dry? There is a difference.

Dehydrated skin lacks water moisture, and dry skin lacks oil.  It is important to understand which condition affects your akin, in order to choose skin care that is right for you.

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For example, if you’ve ever experienced an oily slickness on your face, even if it feels dry and tight, you more than likely suffer from dehydrated skin conditions.  This means your skin is parched but retains oil and not moisture.  But, if your skin is dry and irritated even during wet or humid weather, chances are your skin is lacking oil.  Your skin and hair need oil to seal in moisture. 

It is more complicated to add moisture and oil, than it is to just add and seal in moisture.  When your skin is lacking in oil, you need to use a serum to replenish the oil to your skin daily. Oil cleansing is a great way to replenish and activate the oil your skin naturally produces.  Oil cleansing also helps to balance and help heal the skin.

For skin that is lacking oil and not just moisture, you want to make sure that you’re not over using products that draw oil out of the skin, such as clays, soaps, cleansers, and charcoal.  To add moisture back to the skin, make sure to apply moisture at least twice a day, and seal it in with an oil or serum. 

Some of our favorite moisturizers are distilled water, aloe water, aloe gel, and vegetable glycerin.  Aloe Vera and vegetable glycerin are both natural humectants. 

A humectant attracts and retains the moisture in the air nearby via absorption, drawing the water vapor into or beneath the organism's or object's surface. Their usage in cosmetics help to increase the solubility of the ingredient, increasing its ability to penetrate skin, or its activity time. Humectants can also be needed to counteract a dehydrating active ingredient such as those listed above.

One must be careful however, to not use products containing humectants during dry weather conditions, as the lack of moisture in the air will cause the humectant to actively draw moisture from the area it has been applied to, your hair or your skin.

Tahur Elixyr has been formulated to provide 100% plant-based hydration to skin that is not just dehydrated, but in need of balance and healing.

If you desire more information about oil cleansing or replenishing your skin, simply email us at