In the winter months, you might feel like your skin and body need some extra TLC. Do your legs feel drier and more sensitive than usual? Have you lost the natural radiance of your complexion? If this sounds like the state of your skin, it's likely that it's dehydrated. Don't worry, it is common throughout the year, but especially in the colder months. Here are the key signs of dehydrated skin and how can you fix it.
You are forgiven if you thought dry and dehydrated are synonyms for the same symptoms? It's a common misconception but the two are quite different.
Dry skin is a skin type and it's genetically predetermined. These skins have a predisposition to inadequate sebum production, leaving the complexion dry and lacklustre in appearance. While it's impossible to change your skin type you can dramatically improve it by adding oils to your skincare routine. Our nourishing body oils are formulated specifically for dry skin - with a blend of 9 different oils to replenish your skin.
Dehydrated skin on the other hand is a condition. It can be caused by external elements such as harsh weather or seasonal changes and lifestyle choices. Alcohol, processed food and caffeine consumptions are major culprits triggering skin dehydration. All these factors deplete your skin's water content, resulting in a dull appearance.
A key difference is that dehydrated skin lacks water, not oil - even oily skin types can sometimes suffer dehydration. Luckily, the condition is temporary and can be treated by a combination of hydration and lifestyle changes.
If you feel the need to scratch your skin after returning from a ski holiday or after excessive soaking in the sun, this might be a sign that your skin has become dehydrated. It's especially common for the skin on your legs, which often gets neglected and moisturised.
One of the first things you'll notice when your skin is dehydrated is increased sensitivity in varying degrees. When your skin’s moisture barrier is compromised, it can't properly protect itself from external stressors. As a result, irritants like bacteria and pollution can penetrate its outermost layer, worsening symptoms like redness, itchiness and irritation.
If you notice your skin has lost its suppleness and freshness, that's another sign of dehydration. It's easier to notice this change on your face than your body.
Dehydration affects your skin's cell turnover leading to accumulation of dead cells on the surface. This contributes to clogged pores, congestion and overall "tired" look.
There is an easy test to visually see if your skin is dehydrated - gently pinch the skin on the cheek. If you see fine lines, there you have it - your skin lacks hydration.
To fix dehydrated skin you'll need to adjust both your skincare routine and lifestyle.
Hot water is another stressor that further dehydrates your skin. Opt to wash your face and body with lukewarm water instead.
It's never a good idea to use harsh chemically-loaded skin and body care products, but you need to be especially careful if you suffer from dehydrated skin. Choose instead natural and gentler products, rich on moisturising agents such as hyaluronic acid.
The skin contains 64% water, so it's essential to replenish it. Especially because as we said earlier the main feature of dehydrated skin is water loss. Fill in a nice big bottle of water and keep it on your desk to remind yourself to drink more often. Aim to have at least 2-3 litres of water a day.
Not all drinks are created equal. While some drinks hydrate you, others do the complete opposite. Alcohol and caffeine are two of the worst offenders for dehydrated skin. On top of acting as a diuretic, depleting your skin from essential hydration, it doubles down by hindering the production of the hormone vasopressin which is essential for rehydration.
A compromised skin barrier leads to faster transepidermal water loss. Use barrier-repairing and strengthening products as a final step of your skin and body care routine to protect it from environmental damage. The Rebel Blends body oil is formulated in a way to mimic the lipid barrier of the skin and thus repair and protect it.