Is your skin feeling more sensitive or flaking more than usual? Are you noticing your skin has a dull appearance? If so, you could be dealing with dehydrated skin.This means that your skin is lacking water which can contribute to itchiness, dryness, and an overall dull looking complexion.
In this post, we discuss dehydrated skin in more detail, including:
- What’s the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin?
- How to tell if your skin is dehydrated
- The best moisturizer for dehydrated skin
Read on to discover our favorite dehydrated skin treatment and more!
Dehydrated Skin vs Dry Skin
While dry skin and dehydrated skin are often used synonymously, the truth is that they are different. First of all, people with dry skin lack natural oils while dehydrated skin lacks water.
In addition, dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a condition.
Dry skin is often experienced with people who have eczema or psoriasis due to a damaged skin barrier that has trouble retaining water. Signs of dry skin can include redness, irritation, white flakes, and scaliness.
A person with dehydrated skin may experience itchiness, dullness, sunken eyes, ‘shadows’ around their face, and increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to not drinking enough water, dehydration can result from excess sweating or increased urination from caffeine consumption.
Is my Skin Dehydrated
It’s important to be able to tell whether your skin is dehydrated or not. One simple way to determine your skin’s hydration levels is to do a pinch test. This can be easily done from home. Simply take a small portion of your skin around the cheek area and lightly squeeze. Your skin may be dehydrated if it doesn’t bounce back after you let go or if you notice skin wrinkling. If in doubt, your doctor or dermatologist will be able to help you.
The Best Moisturizer for Dehydrated Skin
The best moisturizer for dehydrated itchy skin is a thick, oil-based balm like our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Its 6 natural ingredients combine to form a soft, buttery texture that your skin will love. Free from burning and stinging, it’s safe and effective to use on delicate areas like the face – including the eyelids. This gentle cream is particularly good at hydrating the skin because of manuka honey. A natural humectant, honey draws moisture into the skin from air. Its moisturizing effects also help brighten your skin’s complexion to give it a natural glow. Its antioxidants also help increase the skin’s elasticity to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Soothing Dehydrated Skin Treatment
Wet wrap therapy is an easy at-home remedy to give your skin a boost of moisture. Start by soaking the skin in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes. Gently pat dry with a towel and cover with a natural emollient like the Manuka cream mentioned above. Cover up with an eczema-friendly piece of clothing like these Remedywear™ Long Sleeve Shirt for adults and kids or these Remedywear™ Long Pants for adults and kids. Leave the clothing on overnight or for at least 2 hours. Once you remove the clothing, don’t forget to reapply the moisturizer.
Tips for Dehydrated Skin
Give these diet and lifestyle changes a try to help manage dehydrated skin:
- Reduce coffee and other sources of caffeine
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Quit smoking
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep
- Increase intake of fruits, vegetables and legumes - especially water-rich ones
- Drink more water
- Replenish fluids after working out
- Exercise regularly.
Treat your Dehydrated Skin Today
Give these natural remedies a try to treat your dehydrated skin today.