Dehydrated skin is not a skin type, but a common skin condition.
Dehydrated skin is water-deficient while dry skin is lipid (oil) deficient.
Dehydrated skin can be oily, dry, combination or acne-prone.
Dehydrated skin looks and feels dull, tired, tight, and uncomfortable.
Dehydrated skin often over-compensates for itself and produces more oil, due in part to over-exfoliation, lathering cleansers, hard water, and product overuse.
Dehydrated skin can be caused by low water intake, dehydrating beverages, medications and poor nutrition.
Dehydrated skin is aggravated by one’s external environment, including dry air, wind, low humidity, UV rays, stoves, hair dryers, heaters and fireplaces.
Dehydrated skin can be relieved by hydrating the body, inside and out.
Dehydrated skin responds to increased water intake and eating more fruits and veggies.
Dehydrated skin requires mild, low lathering cleansing, gentler exfoliation, hydration, and protection.
Dehydrated skin can be improved by applying hydrators that attract water molecules into the epidermis from underlying skin layers and the air.
Dehydrated skin can benefit from applying hydrating mists and serums often contain humectants like water, sodium PCA, glycerin, honey, lactic acid, sodium hyaluronate, ammonium lactate, and butylene glycol.
Dehydrated skin should be protected by locking hydrating products into the skin’s surface. Look for a water-based “emollient” moisturizer that limits water evaporation and balances epidermal lipids. Emollient emulsions and creams can contain oils, fatty acids, petrolatum, and silicones, so choose carefully according to skin type. Sunflower oil and squalane are non-comedogenic ingredients to explore if you’re acne prone.
Dehydrated skin must always be shielded from UV rays with physical sunscreen.
Rehydrating inside and out restores radiance and balance to the skin.