Dehydrated Skin – Hydration Tips
Not to be confused with dry skin, dehydrated skin can affect everyone.
Dehydrated skin is a condition caused by a lack of moisture. It often appears dull, rough and flaky, and can cause significant discomfort.
Though dry skin may be especially vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, it is important to understand the difference: where dry skin is largely down to genetics and describes a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin, dehydrated skin is often caused by external factors.
The good news is that if you’re suffering from dehydrated skin, there are a number of steps you can take to help alleviate the problem.
Here are our top tips:
Drinking enough water is essential for healthy skin—it’s an organ after all. Moisturise from the inside out by ensuring you drink at least 4-6 glasses a day for optimal hydration.
Take shorter, cooler showers
Believe it or not, exposure to water actually has a drying effect on the skin, which is intensified by hot water; so try to limit the length of your showers to 5-10 minutes and turn the temperature down.
Use gentle cleansers
Whilst personal hygiene is a must, many soaps contain harsh additives or fragrances that can irritate the skin and wash away the natural oil. Instead, choose a gentle moisturising or oil-based cleanser that can help to replace the depleted sebum.
Pat skin dry
Rather than vigorously drying yourself with a towel after showering, take a gentler approach. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel to try to avoid further irritating or damaging dehydrated skin.
Protect your skin
Always wear sun cream! No matter the season, the sun’s UV rays are damaging for the skin. Use at least an SPF 15 and if it’s especially bright wear a hat and sunglasses to be on the safe side.
The right moisturiser goes a long way towards combating dehydrated skin and it’s all in the
ingredients. Look for thick creams that contain urea and beeswax for the most effective relief and maximum moisture retention.
Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to gently remove dead skin from the surface of your skin. Doing this once or twice a week can help your skin absorb your moisturiser more effectively.
Essential fatty acids such as Omega 3s and 6s support skin health, improve nerve and vascular functioning and act as antioxidants. There is also evidence to support that Omega-3s may calm certain dry skin conditions and Omega 6s can prevent thinning of the skin.
Incorporate foods like almonds, salmon, and avocado into your diet as well as lots of fruits and vegetables to give your skin a nutritional boost.
Rain, wind or shine: be aware and take precautions. Whether it’s a wide brimmed hat on a sunny day or a scarf and gloves in the winter. Whatever the season, weather conditions can have a serious impact on your skin, especially your face, which is often exposed to the elements.
By following these simple tips, dehydrated skin can become a thing of the past.