Redness-Dehydration/Sensitivity

Dehydration

When skin lacks water and is less hydrated, it loses its elasticity, tightness, and freshness: it is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin can feel uncomfortable and cause visible signs that can leave you wondering whether you’re looking at dehydration lines or wrinkles.

These are the signs to look for:

  • A dull-looking complexion.
  • Dark areas or ‘shadows’ on the face due to constricted blood vessels.
  • Dehydration lines. These lines can look like fine lines caused by ageing, but dehydration lines vs wrinkles are caused by different things. Dehydration lines under eyes are particularly common, but these lines will disappear once the skin is rehydrated.

What causes dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin has several contributing causes, rather than a single defining factor. Here are a few factors you should consider:

  • Air conditioning, the weather, lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, too hot showers, harsh skincare products, and bypassing a gentle skincare routine can all be contributors to dehydrated skin.
  • Inadequate water intake: If your body is dehydrated this will translate through to your skin.
  • A compromised skin barrier: If your skin’s natural moisture barrier doesn’t have enough of its natural building blocks (known as ceramides), this can contribute to moisture loss.

Prevention

  • Increase your water intake. Maintaining hydrated skin means ensuring your whole body is hydrated from the inside out. If you don’t drink enough water, that internal dehydration will eventually be reflected in your complexion.
  • Avoid harsh skin care products. This isn’t a time for rough exfoliating scrubs or cleansers that strip skin of moisture. Gentle products are best to help your skin look and feel hydrated and moisturized.
  • Skip the use of exfoliating brushes or tools. While these devices are popular for removing dead skin cells, they can also exacerbate rough, red, and dry skin.
  • Review your skin care routine. If you’ve recently added several different kinds of potent products such as retinol, acids, and vitamin C, they could be a cause of dehydration. Try decreasing the frequency of use or alternating products to see if that helps your skin get back to normal and make sure you are using them according to the directions on the label.
  • Don’t wash your skin with hot water. Piping-hot water can make skin feel even more dehydrated. When washing your face, use lukewarm water instead.
  • Use a hydrating moisturizer. Make sure to use your moisturizer day and night for around-the-clock hydration. This step will restore your skin to look smooth and glowing again.
  • Supplement skin with antioxidants. In skin care, antioxidants help protect skin and neutralize free radicals while giving your complexion a renewed vitality, which can counteract the signs of dehydration.
  • Always use sunscreen. Without diligent application of sunscreen, the damaging effects of UV rays will counteract the healing action of the peptides, antioxidants and other ingredients used in your skin care.

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