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How to Tell if Your Skin is Dehydrated and Tips to Help Hydrate

15 Aug 2019 by Myreen Young

Easily confused with dry skin, dehydrated skin usually comes from a decrease in the overall hydration of your body. Differentiating between the two is important in treating each one correctly. We have selected some top tips for you to ensure dehydrated skin is cared for appropriately.

Symptoms

If you are not sure what dehydrated skin appears like, these are the symptoms to watch out for:
· Dark circles surrounding the eyes
· Inset eyes
· Shadow like colouring under the eyes and around the nose
· A profound depth to lines and wrinkles
· Discomfort to the skin from itchiness
· A dull tone to the appearance of the skin

If dehydration has gone beyond affecting only the skin, symptoms could come in the form of:
· Feeling or being faint
· Feelings of dizziness
· Having a dry mouth
· A general feeling of weakness
· Producing dark coloured urine

If these symptoms persist in this direction without improvement, the level of dehydration is deemed a medical emergency, and you must contact a doctor.

Cause

At a surface level, dehydrated skin suggests a deficiency in moisture and water. Initially, this may be caused by not consuming enough water. It may also be a result of urinating more frequently due to drinking diuretics and caffeine. A more common consequence of dehydration is from excess sweating while exercising.

However, depending on the person, the cause for lack of hydration can be more complicated. For example, there may be environmental considerations which contribute to reduced skin hydration. This may include diet, makeup or the use of incorrect products. A poor lifestyle routine may also be something to deliberate. As previously mentioned, too much caffeine, alcohol, late nights and smoking are significant factors that contribute to dehydration. Temperature and sun exposure are also responsible for sapping the skin of hydration. Such as, spending time in cold, windy locations, heating and aggressive air conditioning.

Tips

The main thing to remember is that modifications to your lifestyle can improve dehydrated skin. Below are our essential tips to help your dehydrated skin:

Woman drinking water from clear glass.

Drink Lots of Water (But Not Too Much!)

The first step is to get on top of your water intake. Begin with the basic rule of consuming eight glasses a day into your routine. A good tip is to make sure you sip water while you are at work. A mouthful every 20 minutes is the recommended dose. If you are more active on a particular day, ensure to accommodate this into your water intake. It is worth highlighting that too much water can be dangerous. To ensure you are drinking the correct amount of water, be sure to talk to your doctor if you are uncertain. While increasing your water intake, make sure to moderate unhealthy drinks. Alcohol, in particular, widens blood vessels, which consequently dehydrates the skin. The sugar in alcohol is also not beneficial. The effect of glycation from alcohol reduces the radiance of the skin.

Eat Better

Similar to ensuring you are drinking correctly, putting in the effort to eat healthily is also essential to sustain the correct level of hydrated skin. Foods such as plant-based foods, vegetables and fruits are ideal as they are rich in water content. Watermelon, cucumber and celery have shared preferences!

Fresh tomatoes and cucumber arranged with a splash of water over them.

Sleep More

A seemingly obvious point, but plenty of sleep is needed to look after your skin. With a decrease in tiredness, inflammation can heighten due to the harm to collagen and hyaluronic acid. These two molecules are responsible for giving the skin a healthy complexion. In addition to this, lack of sleep means a reduction in general healthiness. Without your body being on form, your immune system is less likely to tackle problems, such as inflammation, and therefore any skin issues.

Woman asleep in cream bed.

Review Your Skin Care Regime

Taking the time to work out how you are caring for your skin is a necessity. Firstly, it is time to review what products you apply to your skin. Not using the right ingredients for your skin type can cause many issues. Secondly, some ingredients may be too harsh on your skin, sucking it of moisture. It is crucial to ensure you are applying the best quality products. For example, moisturisers and serums that contain high quality natural and organic ingredients. Here at Myreen Young, both these things are integral to our ethos as a skincare company.

Use Sun Protection

As mentioned in the causes section of this blog, the sun can also be a factor in skin dehydration. Therefore, it is essential to protect your skin as best as you can from the harmful rays of the sun. Not only does it involve using sun cream, but also shielding your skin by using hats and sunglasses for the best results! For more information on the effects of sun damage, take a look at our blog for Tips for Treating Sunburn.

Preventing your skin from dehydrating is down to the management of your lifestyle. Ensuring you are treating your body and skin to the best ingredients inside and out. If you feel your skin has not improved after these implications, inform your doctor or dermatologist for further advice. We provide plenty of products that supply natural skincare in the UK. Take a look at our blog, What do the Ingredients in Your Skincare do? For more information on this topic.