More people suffer from dehydrated skin than they possibly notice. There is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin and should be tackled differently.
Dry skin is a skin type – like oily skin is too – where your skin naturally produces less natural oils giving you a rough and paler or duller complexion. Dehydrated skin on the other hand is when your skin lacks moisture, and can affect dry skin, oily skin, normal skin or combination skin types.
Dry skin is usually a case of genetics and doesn’t not often change unless you have significant changes in your body such as getting pregnant or drastic changes in weight or long-term change in diet. Dehydrated skin, however, is more short term and can be caused by lifestyle influences.
Signs of Dehydrated Skin
Dry skin usually leaves your skin feeling less elastic, chapped and brittle. Using the right skin care products can help complement your skin’s sebum and lipid production to ensure your skin looks and feels plump and moisturised.
Dehydrated skin on the other hand is caused by various environmental factors that can be avoided. Click HERE to read the Causes and Prevention of dehydrated Skin
The following symptoms are signs that your skin is indeed dehydrated, and call for curative measures:
- Feeling extremely tight and scaly, especially after washing your face
- Dry sensitive skin that feels thinner than normal
- Getting visible fine lines around your mouth and eyes
- Forming dark circles around your eyes or eyes looking sunken and swallow
- Dry, cracked or peeling lips
Repairing Dehydrated Skin
If you are suffering from dehydrated skin, worry not, a few lifestyle fixes coupled with the right products can get you back to supple awesomeness in just a couple of weeks. These include:
- Drink more than enough water by move from 8 to 12 glasses per day for this healing period.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption as they are diuretics that increase your water secretion.
- Get your beauty sleep to ensure your skin gets enough time to repair, keeping in mind that your skin makes its strongest recovery at night.
- Stop smoking or vaping as nicotine, tobacco and associated carcinogens damage your skin, and your skin’s ability to heal.
- Invest in a humidifier to ensure there is always enough moisture in the air around you, especially if you are fond of the AC or heater.
- Eat more fruits and raw vegetables, as they carry a lot of water that is directly absorbed into your system during the digestive process.
- Invest in a serum and moisturiser rich in hyaluronic acid to help aid in the recovery process as it is great for adding intense moisture to dehydrated skin by attracting and binding water molecules as well as locking moisture on your skin.
- Use hydrating sheet masks that are also rich in hyaluronic acid for intense skin hydration.