Dehydrated skin is caused by lack of water internally and externally. The topical dryness gets worse with weather condition, season and activities like swimming or sauna. In short, dry skin is specific skin type while dehydrated skin basically refers to skin reflecting the effects of internal dehydration, which is a skin concern and can happen to any person with any skin type. Though dry and dehydrated skin appears quite similar, there is a thin line between the two. Understanding how they differ will significantly help to treat and prevent dehydrated skin in a lot easier way. Dry skin typically feels tight, rough, irritated and itchy and may appear dull, bumpy and splotchy. On the other hand, dehydrated skin produces sometimes normal and many times excessive amount of oil, yet feel dry, tight and flaky. In short, if your skin feels dry underneath but oily on top, may be your skin is dehydrated. If you have dry skin, there will be almost no oil present and this is a constant feature.
Here Are 8 Tips To Prevent Skin From Getting Dehydrated:
1. Choose Skin Care Product Carefully
There are many factors that cause dehydration of the skin. Using wrong products could be one of the reasons. Quite often it results from using harsh chemical laden products. For example, your skin may not tolerate high strength vitamin C treatment on daily basis or prescription retinoid. Pay close attention what your skin tolerates and adjust your usage accordingly. Avoid using harsh soap and excessive astringent.
2. Use Gentle Skin Cleanser
The chemicals contained in skin cleansers can damage the skin by stripping off nutrients and water. To prevent buildup of dead cells, use non-foaming cleanser and gentle exfoliation. Dehydrated skin needs water not oil. So use water based cleanser. Also avoid using antibacterial products and deodorant detergents. After using any product, if your skin feels dry or tight, may be the product is draining the nutrients of your skin. This type of product should be completely avoided.
3. Hydrating Serum Treatment
After cleansing your skin, provide your skin a hydrating serum treatment. Choose product containing ceramides, which is a naturally occurring lipid, a waxy substance which will help to repair, improve skin’s ability hold moisture. The ingredients like Hyaluronic acid and lactic acid are also very effective in treating dry, dehydrated skin. Glycerin is a common humectant which can be used after adding not more than 1-2 drops in water or any other serum as it is very sticky. The results you get from humectant are varied. Some people like hyaluronic acid for the extra moisture they provide, other prefer to use glycerin which is a common ingredient in many cosmetic product.
4. Use Rich Moisturizer And Sunscreen
To seal hydration and protect your skin from sun, apply moisturizer immediately after bath. Dehydrated skin lacks water not oil. So use water based moisturizer and cleanser. Heavy oil based moisturizer will lie on the surface of the skin. Provide moisture barrier to your skin using products that contains powerful humectants. Apply sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide of SPF 30 or higher.
5. Use A Humidifier
Dry air of your home can wreak havoc on your dehydrated skin. The heating and cooling system of your home and office makes the atmosphere dry and dehydrates your skin. Use humidifier to keep the atmosphere of your room moist. Keep humidifier clean to prevent fungi and mold.
6. Drink Enough Fluid And Water
You need to hydrate your skin externally and internally. Drink at least 8-10 glass of pure water every day and plenty of fluids and herbal teas. Drinking sport drinks will help to maintain electrolyte balance and hydrate the skin. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee, alcohol etc. which dehydrate skin further.
7. Scrutinize Your Diet
Add more omega-3 fatty acid rich foods like salmon, tuna and mackerel which will provide needed boost to your skin. Use extra virgin coconut oil for cooking your food which contains Lauric Acid which helps to restore the elasticity of the skin.
8. Consult Your Physician
If your skin, even after working on these tips is showing signs of dehydration, get you hormone levels checked. Declining hormone, which is an unavoidable stage of aging can reduce collagen production and your skin loses elasticity and becomes dehydrated.