We can say without a doubt that most skin problems are due to one missing factor – moisture! You can single out any skin condition – dry skin, acne, fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, even sunken eyes – and they all have one thing in common – dehydrated skin. If you feel your skin becoming stretchy and itchy, especially after cleansing, and then turning into an oil tank within minutes, your skin is dehydrated and the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of skin, is dehydrated. In this post, we list 18 signs of dehydrated skin and how to fix them for clear skin.
Difference Between Dehydrated and Dry Skin:
Dehydrated skin is completely different from dry skin, firstly because dry skin is a skin type that has a low level of oil and sebum (natural oils in the skin) that keep it supple. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is due to a lack of moisture in the top layer of the skin and a symptom of a skin problem. There is also an overproduction of sebum to make up for the lack of moisture, trigger acne, or make the acne situation worse. Dehydrated skin also tends to be dull, itchy, blotchy, and stretchy. Dehydrated skin appears lifeless and devoid of shine. That is why it is extremely imported to correct the dehydration of the skin when you want to get clear and beautiful skin.
Causes of dehydrated skin:
1. Using alcohol-based skin care products that can dry out the skin.
2. Improper eating habits – Junk foods high in sodium and sugar can cause inflammation and dehydration of the skin.
3. Weather conditions, dry air, pollution.
4. Too much caffeine (see “including coffee”).
5. Scented skin care products.
6. Skipping sunscreens.
7. Skipping the moisturizer.
8. Smoking and alcohol.
Signs of dehydrated skin:
As mentioned earlier, people often confuse “dehydrated skin” with “dry skin” because in both cases the skin becomes stretchy and dry. However, dehydrated skin is caused by external factors which, when corrected, will iron out many skin problems. If you're not sure if you are actually dehydrated or just dry, these are some signs to look for for dehydrated skin:
1. Itchy and tight skin: Lack of moisture on the top layer of skin can make the skin extremely dry and itchy, even though the skin is sufficiently oily.
2. Lifeless skin: The formation of dead skin cells on the surface makes the complexion appear dull and lifeless.
3. Clogged pores: Pore clogging occurs when dead cells, bacteria, and sebum accumulate and dehydration is often the main cause that leads to such a situation.
4. Clogged Skin: If your skin feels heavy and rough to the touch, it is a sign of constipation and dehydration.
5. Shadows around the eyes and nose area.
6. Fine lines from pinching the skin: If you pinch your skin, especially around the cheek, do you notice fine lines? If so, your skin is dehydrated.
7. Shiny and dry at the same time: Does your skin feel oily and dry at the same time? If so, this is a sure sign of dehydration.
8. Uneven skin tone: Dehydration also leads to a blotchy complexion and uneven skin tone due to the shadows around the nose and eye area.
18 Ways To Repair Dehydrated Skin:
1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. The easiest way to replenish lost moisture on the skin is to drink enough water, at least 8 glasses a day. Ideally, you should be sipping water every 20 minutes. In addition to this, it would also help with weight loss.
2. Using Skin Care Products With Harsh Ingredients: Many creams, ointments, serums, moisturizers, toners, and cleansers use skin sensitizing ingredients that irritate and damage the outer layer of the skin, and draw moisture out of it. Some aggressive ingredients that you absolutely must avoid are: Oxybenzone, Petrolatum, Parabens, SLS, Hydroquinone, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phthalates, Fragrances.
3. Do not use skin care products with the wrong pH: Using products that do not match the pH of the skin can alter the skin's acidic layer. Products with a high alkaline value can cause itching, excessive dryness, and dehydrated skin.
4. Take Retinol-Based Skin Care Products Slowly: If you have used retinol-based or retinoid-based skin care products, you have noticed that they become extremely dry and dehydrated.
5. Do not use brackish or hard water to wash your face: hard or brackish water is high in TDS (total dissolved solids) and can dry out the outer layer of skin. Wash your face with clean drinking water two to three times a day.
6. Avoid harsh cleansers: It is rumored that Aishwarya Rai only uses mizzen to clean her face and nothing else! Avoid harsh detergents to cleanse your skin, say no to soap as all of these tear up the natural oils and leave the skin dull and dehydrated.
7. Moisturize with Oil-Free Moisturizer: An oil-free moisturizer that won't clog pores is the best way to bring moisture back to all skin types, especially oily and acne-prone skin.
8. Use a very mild cleanser in the morning: If you've slept after a thorough cleansing of your face before hitting the bed the previous night, there is actually nothing important to cleanse in the morning. In fact, avoid applying facial wash or soap to your face first thing in the morning. Apply only a pH balanced detergent or regular micellar water.
9. Include Squalane Oil in Skin Care: Squalane oils are extremely moisturizing, have occlusive properties (meaning they retain moisture), and anti-inflammatory properties. Try to find products with squalane, especially facial serums, to make a big difference to the skin.
10. Always Wear Sunscreen: We have always claimed that sunscreens are a must in skin care as harsh sun rays can accelerate premature aging, cause hyperpigmentation and dehydrate the skin. Look for sunscreens with zinc oxide and broad spectrum protection.
11. Cut Down on Caffeine: Oops, too many cups of coffee can dry out your skin and even cause inflammation. Reduce the number of coffee cups.
12. Sleep for at least 7 hours: Fewer hours of sleep can lower the pH of the skin, increase inflammation and tear off the moisture content of the skin – they call it “beauty sleep” for a reason!
13. Avoid Skin Care Products Containing Alcohol Completely: It is common knowledge that alcohol-based products keep the moisture away from the skin. So avoid ingredients like ethanol and isopropyl alcohol on your skin.
14. Include Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains in Your Diet: These foods add moisture to the skin and improve the skin as well.
15. Avoid fragrances in skin care altogether: Just like parabens, phthalates and sulfates, the “fragrance” often added by skin care brands to add appeal to their products or to mask the unpleasant odor of active ingredients is usually made from synthetic substances extracted chemicals and can irritate the skin, penetrate the skin and alter hormones and even cause cancer. We'd like to add that even naturally extracted fragrances are not good for the skin, but can cause irritation and dehydration in most skin types.
16. Do not use lemon directly on your face, even in face packs: This is one of the things that you cannot apply directly to your face – only use lemon with honey and other soothing agents like yogurt.
17. Do not treat acne or pimples locally with baking soda or toothpaste: While these spot treatments are popular, they rarely work and leave the skin dry, itchy, dehydrated and can make skin problems worse.
18. Look for skin care products with ceramides, fatty acids, NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factors), hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and occlusive moisturizer.
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