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Are you unsure whether your skin is dehydrated? Don’t panic, today’s post will cover everything you need to know!
So, what does dehydrated skin mean? In simple terms, it means that your skin is lacking water. It can be dry and itchy and perhaps dull looking, too. Your overall tone and complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable. Everyday our skin loses water, again, don’t panic because this is completely normal! However, this is when the signs of dehydration start to show, due to the loss of water.
A lot of people confused dehydrated skin for dry skin; however, they are both different!
While dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks natural oils (also called sebum). It’s also worth remembering that dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is considered a skin condition.
A lot of people think that dehydrated skin is a nuisance, but it’s relatively easy to treat with the right lifestyle changes. It’s important to note that treatment begins from the inside out to replenish and maintain hydration throughout your body.
The signs of dehydrated skin:
1. Fine lines and wrinkles
2. Dull skin
3. Increased sensitivity
4. Itchy skin
5. Flaky/scaly looking skin
So now we know what the signs of dehydrated skin are, let’s talk about how we treat our skin when it is dehydrated:
1 // Moisturise and then moisturise some more
The key is to keep moisturising! If your skin is dehydrated, the chances are, the products you apply will soak up straightaway! It’s best to find a moisturiser rich in emollients, humectants and ceramides as these ingredients will help retain the moisture.
2 // Avoid harsh face scrubs
It’s no secret that exfoliation helps to brighten up your complexion, but for dehydrated skin, it’s best to avoid using harsh, gritty scrubs that could irritate the skin. Dehydrated skin takes longer to renew so it’s best to use a gentle exfoliator as this will help to accelerate the skin cell turnover but it’s a much less harsh way of doing so, minimising irritation.
3 // Drink plenty of water
This is an absolute must! If you have dehydrated skin, it’s fair to say that replenishing your hydration is the first big step you need to take! Always make sure you drink plenty of water and make sure you monitor how much you are drinking – this doesn’t include fizzy drinks or alcohol – it has to be water! Try and aim for 2 litres a day (you can even add mint, cucumber or lemon to jazz it up a little!)
4 // Choose the right products
When it comes to skincare, you always want to choose the right products, but with dehydrated skin, this is more important than ever! You need to try and find rehydrating toners, boosters, serums instead of skin-stripping versions. They need to contain hydration-replenishing ingredients such as ceramides, and skin-restoring ingredients. These ingredients give your skin what it desperately needs to appear healthy, hydrated and radiant.
Thanks for reading this post, if you have anymore tips about treating dehydrated skin, let me know in the comments!