Does your skin feel more sensitive than usual? Is your complexion lacking its usual radiance? If this sounds like you, chances are your skin may be dehydrated. It’s totally normal for our skin to lose water every day. But, lose too much and say hello to irritated, sensitive skin. Or in other words Skin Dehydration. Read on to hear about the key signs and how to give you skin the hydration boost it deserves.
THREE SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION
From increased sensitivity to a dull complexion, here are the three key signs of dehydrated skin.
External elements such as wind and extreme temperature changes can zap moisture from the outer layer of your skin in no time at all. Have you ever returned from a day at the beach or ski vacation and felt the need to scratch to relieve your skin? This tight, itchy sensation, paired with flaking is a result of moisture leaving the skin due to the weather conditions having such an impact.
When your skin’s moisture barrier is disrupted, it struggles to properly protect itself and as a result, becomes much more sensitive. Irritants like bacteria and pollution can penetrate the skin outermost layer and worsen systems further such as redness, itchiness, and irritation.
Taking a good look at your skin - does the overall appearance seem dull and tired? This is a key symptom of dehydrated skin. It can affect your skin ability to perform essential functions such as cell turnover. Without the correct amount of hydration, your skin doesn’t shed its outer layer frequently enough and dead skin cells accumulate on the skin surface. Over time this then contributes to blocked pores, congestion, and overall a complexion that is lackluster.
Dehydrated skin can be caused by many factors. From air conditioning, change of weather, lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, too-hot showers, and skipping your gentle skincare routine our faces get stripped of moisture! Not only that but it can happen to all skin types. Yes, even oily skin can become dehydrated due to a lack of water within the skin. But the good news? There are many ways to restore balance and hydrate skin. Here are four hydrating boosters all with the task of rehydrating your skin in mind.
Hyaluronic acid is extremely effective in replenishing dehydrated skin. This superstar ingredient helps bind and retain moisture, keeping skin soft, pillowy, and a glow-giving quality. Hyaluronic acid is a magnet for moisture and has the ability to hold up to six liters of water. This helps your cells to retain as much water as possible so that your skin feels and looks hydrated, plump, and super healthy. Skin Design London’sH2O Intense Luxe serum is a hydrating hero in a bottle. Smoothing your complexion and boosting elasticity this serum is a stop shop for quenching the thirst of parched, dehydrated skin.
When cleansing dehydrated skin look for a product that will gently melt away impurities whilst hydrating the skin as it cleanses it. Deeply clarifying and ultra-nourishing Face Bath by Skin Design London is gentle enough for sensitive skin and is packed with hydrating ingredients such as organic hibiscus flower and vitamin E to restore life to dehydrated skin. Choosing a cleanser free from harsh chemical additives and artificial fragrances will make sure your skin is further stripped of beneficial moisture. Instead, gentle cleansers such as FaceBath will gently lift away impurities whilst feeding the skin with antioxidants to love your skin back to life.
Both caffeine and alcohol are two of the worst offenders for dehydrated skin - sad but true! Both these substances dry out the skin's water content leaving a dry, irritated, and sensitive complexion. By cutting back on caffeine and alcohol you'll be giving you skin a head start on the journey to a glow getting, hydrated complexion in no time.
Protect your outermost skin layer and Moisturise with damp skin
Moments after getting out of a warm shower is the optimum time to apply a moisturiser to your skin. This technique will help make the most of the surface moisture on your skin before it evaporates. This is because moisturizers act as a hydration magnet within the skin and can draw out moisture from the cream on the surface and lock it in. Products such as our Sleep Beauty Midnight Collagen Feast are perfect for this. This cult creme has been cleverly formulated from jojoba, avocado, rosehip oil for a richly nourishing shot of hydration for your skin.