Water is a vital factor in hydrating our skin and an ultimate source of life, but every day we lose it drop by drop. Your skin can easily feel dehydrated and sensitive through environmental factors such as dry weather, sun exposure and air conditioning.

Dehydrated skin can look and feel like dry skin, but there’s a major difference between dehydrated and dry skin. Dehydrated skin tends to come and go – it doesn’t persist. It’s also often accompanied by a more than normal or even excessive amount of oil on the skin’s surface. Despite this excess oil flowing through the pores, skin still feels tight or dry everywhere on your face and these signs are often accompanied by flaking.

If you feel your skin is dry underneath with an oily layer on top, you most likely have dehydrated skin.

Here are some great tips on how to prevent dehydrated skin:

  • Use gentle, yet effective cleansers that don’t leave skin feeling tight, dry or greasy.
  • Never use harsh scrubs and/or rough cleansing brushes. A gentle weekly scrub is advised.
  • Use replenishing toners instead of skin-stripping, alcohol- or witch hazel-based versions. Toners should give back, not take away from skin.
  • When applying targeted solutions or boosters, apply them on alternate days or every other day to judge how your skin feels. You don’t need to use specialty products like these every day to gain benefit.
  • Only use toners, boosters, serums and moisturisers that are loaded with antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients and skin-restoring ingredients. These give your skin what it desperately needs to appear young, healthy, radiant, soft and smooth.

We also suggest the following home remedies:

1. Brown sugar scrub

Exfoliation can be very helpful when your skin is dehydrated. Exfoliating can help lift dead skin cells from the skin’s surface that can prevent your skin from absorbing hydrating products. Create an easy at home scrub with brown sugar, raw organic honey and a tiny splash of lemon and lightly massage into your skin. Then wash off with your favourite cleanser to reveal a fresh surface skin layer. Now that you have sloughed away the dead skin cells from your skin’s surface, your skin will be prepped to absorb the hydrating products you apply.

2. Get hydrated from the inside and lock in moisture from the outside

A simple way to hydrate is to monitor and adjust your water intake. If your skin is dehydrated, it could be that you’re not getting enough water. Try to get more hydration by regularly drinking water, herbal teas and natural juices. Another way to get hydration is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables with the added benefit of getting antioxidants such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene or lycopene in your system. It’s also easy to lock in extra moisture onto your skin if you apply body lotion or face moisturiser while your skin is still damp. Avoid skin dehydration by not letting the water completely evaporate off your skin after cleansing — aim to apply moisturiser within a minute of stepping out of the shower or washing your face.

3. Mask

A great way to soothe and hydrate skin is to apply a mask and let its nourishing formula soak in for a few minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. You don’t need to get a fancy face mask to surge your skin with hydration – you can just look to pantry staples. A simple mix of plain Greek yoghurt with a teaspoon of honey can help nourish your skin. A ripe mashed avocado can also be hydrating. The ingredients in the masks have oils and antioxidants that can help your skin attain a healthy look and give it much needed moisture. Once you wash off the mask, follow with a hydrating facial cream and your skin should feel soft and supple.

For more information on dehydrated skin and overall beauty care, please consult Ansie at Durbell Palm Grove on 021-975-6570 or phone any of our Skin Care consultants at 0861-PHARMACY.