If your skin suddenly feels dry, itchy and sensitive and appears to have lost its radiance, then you might be dealing with dehydration.
At first glance, it’s easy to confuse dry skin with dehydrated skin, but there is a difference and you can learn about that here. It’s important to know the difference in order to properly care for your skin. In this post, we’ll be showing you what to do if your skin is dehydrated.
1. Skip harsh face washes or scrubs
Face washes with sulfates in the ingredient list could mess with the pH of your skin and further dehydrate your skin, so stay away from those and use gentle natural cleansers. Also, if your face is dehydrated, then it’s a good idea to skip very gritty scrubs that could irritate your skin. Opt for chemical exfoliants instead.
2. Avoid bathing or washing your face with hot water
If your skin is dehydrated, bathing with hot water will certainly worsen it. This is because hot water is drying for the skin. So until your skin gets back to its optimum moisture levels, cold showers are your best option.
3. Drink a lot of water
The water you drink will not get to the surface of your skin, but it will help to keep your skin cells sufficiently hydrated. So yes, eight glasses of water a day will contribute to improving the health of your skin.
4. Use hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a miracle ingredient that intensely hydrates and plumps the skin. Use hyaluronic acid serum on your face and follow up with a moisturizer right after. This would quickly amp up the moisture levels in your skin.
5. Avoid caffeine & alcohol
Alcohol and caffeine are substances known as diuretics that can deplete the moisture levels of your skin. Also, alcohol hinders the production of the hormone vasopressin which is necessary for hydration. So if your skin is dehydrated, stay away from these two things or greatly reduce your intake.
6. Moisturize and seal
To avoid the rest of your body looking scaly, apply a rich moisturizer on damp skin and then follow up with your favourite carrier oil.
If you do all these things, your skin will snap back real fast. Also, find out how to keep your skin glowing this new year!
(Featured image: Allure.com)