Dealing With Skin Dehydration

Dehydration can affect every skin type and every age, especially those with dry skin. Skin dehydration is the loss of water in the skin and occurs when the skin loses more moisture than it takes in. Dehydration often leads to thinning of the skin, promotes development of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet. Being dehydrated can change the appearance of your skin – it may appear flushed, dry and older looking.

The skin dehydration often result from a hot, dry climate, not drinking enough water, prolonged exposure to sun, poor skin hygiene, air conditioning, harsh soaps etc.

Your skin naturally loses up to half a pint of water every day, which means it constantly needs replenishing. It’s essential to seal moisture directly intp your skin to keep it healthy and well-hydrated.

Results of dehydration:

  • Discomfort
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Shrunken skin
  • Feeling of tightness
  • The skin looks rough
  • Redness
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Premature aging
  • Flaking, scaling
  • Itching

How to discern
One of the first signs of dehydrated skin is the development of fine lines, located mainly in the forehead, around the eyes and cheekbones. In some cases the whole face wrinkles. You may experience a feeling of tightness and itching. The skin usually looks reddish and has a dull complexion. The dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and radiance.

What to do
The best way to prevent dehydration is to make sure you drinking plenty of water and other fluids every day. You should consume more fluids than you are losing. Drink at least 1.5 liter water daily.

  • Firstly – stop washing your face with soaps and harsh cleansers, even the special liquid facial soaps may dry the skin and even lead to skin irritation.
  • Use mild products – cleansing mils or gels to remove the makeup in the evening and to cleanse the face. The harsh products formulated with ingredients such as alcohol; can strip away the skin’s natural oils and make the situation even worse.
  • Do a light exfoliation once a week
  • No matter what your skin type is do a hydrating facial mask once or twice a week
  • Always use moisturizers – the drier your skin is the more hydrating moisturizer you should use. Moisturizers improve your skin quality and act as a protective layer to help trap the moisture in the skin and stop it from evaporation. Apply the moisturizer and let it soak in at least 3 minutes before applying foundation. They slow down the natural moisture loss throughout the day and prevent further skin dehydration. Apply the moisturizer and let it soak in at least 3 minutes before applying foundation.
  • Avoid eating fatty foods and sugar
  • Never use harsh soaps – they strip water away from your body
  • Avoid smoking, drinking coffee and alcohol – they dry your skin


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7 Comments »
    • Angela Healy wrote:
      Is there any foundation i could buy for dehydrated skin?

    • M. J. N wrote:
      I was born with a severe skin dehydration so for me it will never go away. I've learned to find everyday cost effictive skin care. One makeup which I found is best is Bare Essentuals. mineral makeup. It doesn't dry out my skin and keeps it looking supple all day. For body mosturizer: St Eve's and for a night time face moisturizer: PureCellin Bio-oil.

    • Georgie wrote:
      Hi there My skin was left very dehydrated after going on Acne drug Roaccutane. I also kept it too clean which was not healthy. My skin has taken a battering over the years. I also live in a dry alpine climate. The best moisturiser I have ever tried is Rationale, Enriched hydration (it is thick and so you don't need to use much - but your skin will be comfortable and improve). Personally (and you must understand my life has been dedicated to a passion for skincare after being affected by Acne), I have tried ALOT of lines, alot of creams, this by far cuts the mustard. This will help cosmetically, but I'd make sure you are keeping everything else in check, like water intake, diet, sleep (lack of sleep really dehydrates skin). If there is anything you think are majory missing then work to fix it as we can't be too perfect (i treat myself to wine and the odd social cigarette with the girls)! I am sure Rationale would help you but would be good if you could tell them your story and get a sample sent first as it is quite pricey, but well worth it in my opinion. www.rationaleskincare.com

    • sandra lawrence wrote:
      olive oil...my doctor recomended this and within 2 days i had about a 40% improvment.i have tried so many creams that just soaked in instantly and made no improvement,give it a try for a week and youl be amazed at the difference and its alot cheaper than expensive creams!

    • veterinary technician wrote:
      I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

    • Hazel wrote:
      Thanks for these beauty advices. Keep on sharing information.

    • Tara wrote:
      M.J.N I too have dehydrated skin which I think I was born with. What skincare products do you use?

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