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Skin Conditions - Dehydration

by Rayna van Aalst April 23, 2017

Skin Conditions - Dehydration

Although often used interchangeably with “dry skin”, dehydrated skin is determined by the lack of moisture present in the skin, while dry skin is lack of oil. Any skin type, including oily can be dehydrated.

Signs of dehydrated skin

Dehydrated skin suffers from dryness, flaking, tightness, itching, and sometimes stinging and burning. The slightest touch or gentle pinch causes multiple fine lines and wrinkles.

Fine lines and ageing symptoms look worse when skin is dehydrated.

Causes of dehydrated skin

Key causes of dehydrated skin are:

  • Environmental factors such as wind, pollution, etc
  • Heating and air conditioning which reduce humidity in the room
  • Medications
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sun exposure
  • Skin-aggravating ingredients
  • Ageing
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Hard water
  • Hot showers and baths

Tips for dehydrated skin

Just like any other skin condition, dehydrated skin is not only a matter of skincare. It is influenced by external and internal factors, as well as lifestyle choices.

  • Drink enough water – your body is 70% water and your skin is not isolated from your body. On the contrary and that's why if your body is dehydrated, it will show on your skin too.
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcohol as they are highly dehydrating.
  • Incorporate facial mists in your skin care ritual. They are also handy for a quick pick-me-up throughout the day when your skin looks a bit dull.
  • Apply moisturizers on moist skin, preferably after spritzing a facial mist as they deliver extra nutrients to the skin, to “seal” in the moisture.
  • Get plenty of essential fatty acids in your diet – walnuts, chia seed, flaxseed, hemp seeds.
  • Use sun screen with SPF30, daily.

The condition of your skin such as dehydration, sensitivity, acne, etc or a combination of them, should also be taken into consideration when selecting your skincare products. Make sure to identify your skin type first though. 

Some skin conditions require consultation by a doctor.

Please note that this content is merely a guideline, not a medical advise.

Read more about other common skin conditions hyperpigmentationsensitivity, congested skin or acne, ageing.



Rayna van Aalst
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