Does your skin feel a bit more tired, sensitive and flaky than it used to?
Did you lose your natural glow?
If these symptoms sound pretty close to how your skin looks now, you might have a little dehydration on your hands (literally).
Here are the usual signs of dehydrated skin you should keep your eyes on and a few solutions for how to fix them.
This is the first and most uncomfortable dehydration symptom. You might be familiar with this feeling, especially after you come back from the beach or ski adventure which are the usual triggers of skin dehydration.
Wind, cold and sun simply suck out all the moisture from your skin, which causes this itchy sensation.
On top of it, itchiness often goes hand in hand with flaking, no matter how oily your skin usually is (dry skin lacks oils, but dehydrated skin lacks moisture). Boost your water intake and practice regular moisturizing.
Dehydration is usually what comes before increased skin sensitivity.
When your skin’s moisture barrier is disturbed, it loses a way to battle external factors, so irritants like bacteria and pollutants can penetrate the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, and cause irritation and itchiness.
Increased sensitivity outdoors
If you usually experience skin irritation when you go outside, there’s a big chance that you aren’t practising good skin protection before you leave the house. When you get out, the elements “attack” your natural protective layer of the skin.
You’ll experience the sun, the win, extreme temperatures and sweating, and all of those external factors boost irritation. So, make sure to moisturize thoroughly before you leave the house.
Do you often notice how dull and tired your skin looks?
Due to dehydration, your skin can’t perform cell turnover, which is one of its main functions. Your skin won’t shed its outer layer as frequently as it should, which causes dead cell accumulation.
This leads not only to complexion problems but also clogs pores and causes congestion.
So, make sure to always have proper moisturising skincare products at your disposal. They will help you balance and maintain skin’s hydration and leave your skin looking fresh and young and feeling smooth and soft to the touch.
Have you ever noticed that your makeup just doesn’t sit as well as it used to?
This is probably most visible in the winter when your lips are dry which makes your lipstick look cracked and caked. Applying all types of makeup (concealer, powder and lipstick) on dehydrated skin will look subpar.
So, before you put on your face, make sure your foundation is nice and hydrated. This way, you’ll get much better and more natural results.
If your skin feels tight, it’s probably not hydrated properly. It’s maybe not the most tasteful comparison, but human skin often acts like leather. For instance, when your leather shoes aren’t properly taken care of, they begin to crack and deteriorate.
The same thing happens to our skin. When it’s too dry, it starts to feel tight and cracked.
Skin tightness is a sign of dehydration that should never be ignored. If your cracked shoes make you feel upset, imagine how your cracked face would make you feel!
Let’s do a test. Pinch your skin and see how fast it goes back. If it snaps back immediately, you’re properly hydrated, but if it takes some time to return to its previous state, you might be in desperate need of some moisture.
Skin tightness is a clear sign of dehydration, but saggy skin might also mean you could use some moisture.
If you notice this phenomenon, it means you’ve reached a severe level of dehydration. Start by re-hydrating right away, both orally and through your skin, but do it slowly to prevent shock changes.
Here’s another test. Grab some skin on your cheek and gently pinch it. If you can see plenty of tiny, triangular fine lines on the pinched area, you might be suffering from skin dehydration. Dehydrated skin often looks older than it really is.
Boost your moisturising routine, grab some natural aloe products and drink plenty of fluids.
There’s a belief that only people with oily skin get acne, but that’s not true.
All skin types can suffer from acne breakouts. For some, dry and tight skin is the factor that triggers breakouts.
Tightening of the skin caused by dehydration tightens the pores and makes them less efficient and clogged which leads to acne breakouts.
Do you notice random dark spots on your skin? Is your skin slightly reddish?
Both of these blemishes are signs of skin dehydration and could be leading to more serious skin problems. If you allow your skin to become too dehydrated, it can develop eczematous dermatitis that causes extreme dryness and inflammatory reactions.
Mild forms of eczema also appear in darker skin types and result in hyperpigmentation.
So, be sure to practice proper hydration, especially if you know you’re prone to eczema and drink plenty of fluids, avoid extreme sun exposure and munch on plenty of moisture-rich veggies and fruits.
Moisturizing on dry skin
If you practice moisturizing on dry skin, you’re already making a mistake that can cost you your perfect skin. According to experts, it’s always better to apply your products on damp skin for better moisture retention.
Most products on the market contain different components that work better with wet skin. If you’re using oils that don’t contain any water at all, it’s very important to put them on top of damp skin in order to seal all the moisture in.
Also, if you practice any sort of cleansing, put on moisturizer ASAP.
Cleansing washes off natural humectants from the skin that reduce the loss of moisture, so you must provide your skin with plenty of hydration.
Now that you know exactly what kind of effect dehydration has on your skin, you will see the importance of proper moisturizing and hydration. Plus, keeping your skin full of moisture isn’t a hard task.
A few products and plenty of water consumption will do wonders for your complexion.
Author: Peter Minkoff
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