Whether you haven't been getting your required eight glasses of water a day, or aren't diligent with applying moisturizer, it's safe to say that our skin sometimes doesn't get the hydration it needs. It can be difficult to determine exactly how parched your complexion is, especially if you tend to be on the oily side, but the Kiehl's Dehydration Analyzer Tool gives a precise reading of your moisture levels in your skin with its innovative technology. InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor Marianne Mychaskiw paid a visit to the brand's flagship store in New York City to see how dehydrated her own skin was by testing the device. Read on to find out how it works!
I thought I did a typically good job of keeping my skin in check over the winter, but since the radiator in my studio apartment does not know a happy medium between full-blast and completely off, I knew the sauna-esque temps probably did some damage. But to pinpoint the exact extent of it, I turned to the Kiehl's Dehydration Analyzer Tool---or DAT, because the device and I are now on that level.
To track the water levels in your complexion, the DAT sends a gentle, undetectable electric current through your skin's top layers, and by measuring how fast the current bounces back to the tool, you're given a percentage number indicating how dehydrated you actually are. The quicker the current returns, the more water you have in your skin. I quickly found out that having oily skin doesn't always mean you're hydrated---dehydrated skin has less water, while dry skin has less oil, so you can struggle with a constantly-shiny complexion like mine and still lack water.
kiehls.com) and Toner ($21; kiehls.com) would help in balancing oil, while the nourishing cocktail of the Hydro-Plumping Serum Concentrate and Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($58 and $46; kiehls.com) aid in restoring much-needed water to layers of skin underneath the surface.
Taking the Kiehl's Dehydration Analyzer Tool on a test-drive is completely free, even if you don't opt to shop any of the recommended products, and allows for easy access with the device currently posted up at the brand's stores nationwide and select department stores. Since your hydration levels can change almost as often as the weather does (here in New York, the weather has been doing a lot of that ...), it's recommended that you get an analysis every three to four months to track your progress. I definitely plan to go back closer to the summer to see if my skin is any less-dehydrated, and if my landlord ever plans to turn down the heat in my building, I'm pretty confident it will be.