It is wintertime in Australia, which means that your summer skin’s plumpness will inevitably be replaced with dryness or flakiness. While you might think that this is normal because of the weather, there is actually a high chance that your skin is dehydrated! Read on to find out how to identify and treat dehydrated skin.
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Signs of dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin can be easily identified by the following symptoms:
1. Your skin loses its “glow”
To put it simply, our skin works just like a grape, which will lose its plumpness, luminosity and become a brown raisin when suffering from water loss. Similarly, while hydrated skin has a plump and glowy appearance, dehydrated skin, on the other hand, will look tired, dull and even show the signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines.
2. Your skin becomes more vulnerable
Dehydration will damage your skin barrier, the shield protecting your skin from harmful bacteria or environmental conditions. This can cause numerous consequences, such as acne, irritation and inflammation. Therefore, if your skin reacts or breaks out all of a sudden, you might want to check if your skin has been lacking water recently.
3. You can feel the tightness from your skin
Tightness is the most common symptom showing that your skin needs extra hydration. This is especially common for anyone with dehydrated and oily skin. Your skin will feel extremely uncomfortable, as it can be oily, tight and cracked all at the same time.
How do you treat dehydrated skin?
To beat dehydration, it is crucial to make some changes in your living and skin care habit. Below, we are giving you some simple and easy-to-follow recommendations:
1. Pay attention to the temperature of your skin
Our facial skin, like our body, has its own optimal temperature, which is around 32 – 35 °C. When being exposed to hot water, our skin will become unbalanced and dehydrated. The water you use to cleanse your face, therefore, should be lukewarm with the temperature similar to your body’s so that your protective skin barrier will not be damaged.
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2. Don’t forget to use hydrating serums and essences
When your skin is calling out for more water, applying only a moisturiser will not be enough. Compared to moisturisers, serums and essences have smaller molecules which can penetrate deeper under your skin and allow it to absorb all the nourishments. For the best result, you can look for products with a high concentration of hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera or glycerin.
Here are some hydrating products that we love:
- Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum: This cream-based serum contains hydrating and restoring ingredients like glycerin and five different kinds of ceramide complexes which works beautifully to re-plump and repair skin from water loss.
- Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum: Besides being enriched with cacao extracts, an antioxidant which can protect your skin from free radical, this serum is also formulated with Hyaluronic acid and Glycerin to hydrate and soothe your skin.
- COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule: Powered by Vitamin B5 (d-panthenol) and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and re-plump the skin.
3. Using a humidifier and face mist on an everyday basis
Air conditioners and heaters are not doing any favours to your skin. In fact, they dry out and worsen your dehydrated skin. The most convenient and also, luxurious way to mitigate these devices’ effects is using humidifiers and mists regularly. We recommend trying out one of our favourite hydrating mists, the Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Mist Serum!
If you have any tips to fight against dehydration, please share in the comment section below!