The Lowdown on Dehydrated Skin

At some point or another, every person will suffer from a variation of skin irritation. After all, it is important that we pay attention to what our skin is telling us in order to alter our routine accordingly. With this in mind, there are many different skin types and this means that finding the perfect products can be overwhelming and incredibly difficult. From dry and oily skin to combination skin, getting that perfect glow can be a challenge. In fact, dehydrated skin is the latest discovery that is causing sufferers to completely alter their routine. Read on as we go over everything you need to know…

What is Dehydrated Skin?

Unlike dry skin, which is a skin type that people are usually born with, dehydration is often caused by a compromised skin barrier and can be treated with the correct products. In fact, it is possible for people to suffer from oily skin and dehydrated skin simultaneously because the stratum corneum, the outmost layer of the skin, is lacking in moisture and as a result, starts to produce excess oil in order to compensate. As a result, it is not uncommon for acne sufferers to discover that they have dehydrated skin because they have been using harsh oil-banishing products which strip the skin completely and subsequently cause even more oil production.

What are the Signs of Dehydrated Skin?

After washing the skin in the morning and evening, it is important to note how it feels and looks as this can be a clear indication that there is a dehydration problem at play. For instance, if the face feels dry and tight immediately after washing then the moisture is being absorbed faster than it can be delivered and no amount of moisturiser is going to fix it. In fact, if pressing down on the skin creates a wrinkle pattern around the fingertip then that is also a clear indication of dehydration.

How is Dehydrated Skin Treated?

Since dehydrated skin is often caused by the use of incorrect skincare products, the best way to treat it is by condensing the skincare routine in order to find the best way to return moisture back into the skin. After all, a lack of moisture may be the problem, however, simply drinking water isn’t an effective enough solution. In order to treat dehydrated skin, it is important to use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t foam with lukewarm water and then a toner in order to restore the pH balance. This should then be followed up by a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type, either dry or oily, and an occlusive, a skincare treatment that prevents water loss. In the morning, it is also important to use an SPF agent too in order to prevent sun damage from further drying out the skin.

Although it may sound complicated and time consuming, formulating the perfect skin care routine is easier than it seems. With this said, it is important to assess the products that are used on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are still suitable for your skin as the weather, particularly during the winter season, can affect the skin barrier and make it more susceptible to dehydration. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of The Healthy Living and Fitness team today!