Summertime can be the best time of year, but not always when it comes to your skin. It’s very easy for your skin to get dehydrated with the sun, wind and swimming that you’ve done this summer. These activities as well as the sun’s harsh UV rays can impact your skin care routine. According to the International Dermal Institute, the top three causes of dry, dehydrated skin are: intrinsic aging, weather/environmental elements, and your lifestyle.
There are several typical symptoms that you’ll exhibit if you have dehydrated skin, but don’t confuse it for dry skin. There’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a permanent skin type that you inherit in your genes. Your skin doesn’t produce enough oil and can be treated with topical skin care treatments. Dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition caused by external factors. This means your skin isn’t holding water like it should be and can be treated with topical skin care treatments and lifestyle changes.
There are a variety of ways to tell if your skin is dehydrated, but these four are the most common symptoms of dehydrated skin:
Itchy Skin – Itchy, dry skin can be caused by many different factors but a common reason your skin can dry out is due to external factors. Wind and extreme temperature changes can zap moisture from the outer layer of your skin which can cause an itchy sensation. Your skin will be flaky as well.
An Increase in Sensitivity – When your skin’s moisture barrier is disrupted, it can’t protect itself from external stressors. Irritants like bacteria and pollution can penetrate your skin’s outermost layer which can make your skin red, itchy and irritated.
Dull Skin – Does your skin look tired and dull? If so, it’s because it’s dehydrated which disrupts your skin’s ability to perform essential functions like cell turnover. When your skin is dehydrated it can’t shed its outer layer frequently enough and dead skin cells accumulate on its surface. This will clog your pores and give you a dull complexion.
Lines and Wrinkles – If you pinch the skin on your cheek and it looks like you have fine lines then your skin is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin can show signs of aging such as fine lines that are tiny and triangular.
If you’re wondering why your skin’s drying out, consider these factors:
- Have you recently celebrated another birthday? Aging could be the reason why your skin’s natural hydrators are decreasing.
- Have you been spending a lot of time in the sun? Sunburns, and long-term sun exposure can cause the water in your skin to evaporate and create dry skin.
- Have you been turning up your AC? Low temperatures and air conditioning can contribute to your dry skin.
- Are you on a fat-free diet? If so, you may be depriving your body of essential fatty acids that can result in chronic itching, dryness and other symptoms.
- Are you on any medications? Certain medications can cause your skin to dry out. Check with your doctor to see if any of your medications may cause dry skin.
- Are you drinking more than usual? Excessive drinking can contribute to dehydrated skin.
If you’re doing one or more of these things, try changing your lifestyle before any drastic measures to fix your dehydrated skin. You can always try one of my favorite methods to fix your dehydrated skin as well.
These products and services can greatly reduce your dry, itchy skin and get you back to your normal skin care routine:
1. Try to use some of my favorite YONKA products to help moisturize your skin. Yonka sells some of the best skin care products available at an affordable price which is why I love them. I use Yonka products in my own skin care routine and have had wonderful results which is why I recommend them to clients and friends.
Products in Yonka hydra line are some of my favorites, such as:
- Hydra N1 Serum – This hydrating creme moisturizer is specially formulated for dehydrated, dry and sensitive skin conditions.
- Hydra N1 Fluide – This product contains hyaluronic acid which can be great for dehydrated skin. It has intense, long-lasting hydration and anti-aging effects on the skin.
- Hydra N1 Creme – This comforting cocoon for dehydrated skin is rich in repairing ingredients and reinforces the skin’s function as a barrier.
- Hydra N1 Masque – This masque soothes all types of damaged skin and smoothes the skin and reduces fine lines leaving your skin softer and firmer.
- Creme 28 – This vitamin-charged hydrating cream moisturizer protects and hydrates your skin with age-prevention benefits.
- Men’s Age Defense – This non-greasy, paraben-free formula visibly smoothes lines and wrinkles and immediately hydrates the skin.
- Yonka Body Oils Huile Detox (body) – This oil nourishes your skin with sunflower and sesame oils.
- Huile Silhouette (body) – This oil tones and nourishes your skin with pink pepper oil which can also improve the appearance of dimpled skin.
- Huile Delicieuse (body) – This is a combination of sunflower, sesame and baobab oils to nourish and beautify your skin and hair.
- Lait Hydratant (body) – This body milk will leave your skin hydrated and replenished with ginseng extract which has a re-energizing effect.
2. Try a hydrating facial such as the Hydralessence facial. This high performance, hydrating facial can smooth and soften your skin. It’s a great facial for anyone suffering from dehydrated skin or skin that doesn’t adjust well to seasonal changes. You can get this facial before or after exposure to the sun and you’ll see amazing benefits almost immediately. This treatment typically takes about one hour of your time and is a great way to moisturize your skin.
3. Get a massage infused with Yonka body oil. Any of the massages at Eclectic Remedies are a great way to reboot your system and relax. Massages can cure a variety of issues such as stress, insomnia and more. When incorporating Yonka’s body oils into your massage, you’re not only getting the benefits of aromatherapy during your massage and your skin will be rehydrated after as well.
4. Hydrate and avoid alcohol. These are two major lifestyle changes that you can do to rehydrate your skin. Drink plenty of water including coconut water. You should also layoff diuretics. Coffee, caffeine and alcohol are all diuretics that can compromise your skin’s health by depleting its water content. Alcohol can also hinder the production of the hormone vasopressin which is important for rehydration.
Dehydrated, dry skin is not only uncomfortable but it can also affect the way you look. Dehydrated skin shows fine lines more than moisturized skin, is flaky and is more red and sensitive. This is because its moisture barrier has been compromised which can leave you susceptible to irritation and acne.
When your skin is dehydrated, it’ll appear dry and rough which can cause it to peel. As a result of this, you may experience an increase in dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin. These cells can accumulate and clog your pores, which is how dehydration can cause acne. No matter what skin type you have, it can become dehydrated due to lack of water in the skin’s cells.
None of the symptoms of dry skin are comfortable. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your skin, drink plenty of water and treat dry skin as soon as possible so that you have beautiful, healthy skin year-round. If you have any questions regarding what products or facials might help your dry skin, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on my website’s contact page or one of my social media pages. Please visit EclecticRemedies.com for more information on booking an appointment today!