Skin dehydration is one of the major reasons why your skin looks dull and lacks that fresh and glowing look. This is a common mistake to not understand what your skin actually needs. For any instant pick up, make sure you slather on a good hydrating serum. Moving on, there a few signs that show your skin is dehydrated. Some are pretty obvious and some are not so obvious or you might fail to notice in the rush of your work. So, let me list them for you.
3 Signs Your Skin is Dehydrated
Your skin feels stretchy and this is the universal sign that your skin is dehydrated. Our immediate reaction is to slather on a body lotion or a moisturizer and drink loads and loads of water. As funny as it sounds, drinking water barely helps with skin dehydration. It only helps with retaining fluids in the body. And, body lotions are only a temporary solution. What you actually need to do is address the deeper issue of why is your skin losing the ability to retain moisture.
Most of the people take a dark looking skin as a sign for tanning. You should look out especially for the color of your lips. If they are looking more prominent and darker than usual, it is a sure shot sign your skin is low on water. In fact, it is also a sign your body is low on fluids so gobble up some water and slather on a hydrating serum and you can see the difference immediately. But, the question still remains – Why?
Scales on Skin
This might not be with everyone but most of the time for people with extremely dry skin, it is quite easy to see the scales or texture of the skin more prominently. Notice this the next time you wash your face or have a shower. Your skin will be plump and if you do not follow up with a moisturizer, the texture of your skin will immediately start showing up in fifteen minutes or so depending on climate and your body’s ability to retain moisture. Again, the answer is simple – slather on a lotion.
Now, the question remains – Why Your Skin is Dehydrated?
Remember my post on lipids? Well, lipids are the natural barriers on our skin surface which are responsible to retain the moisture in the skin. Due to age, lifestyle, pollution and environmental stress, these lipids may lose their ability to function effectively and retain moisture to keep the skin plump. In fact, interestingly one of the major causes of dry skin is hard water. Did you also know your medications are another reasons your skin is dehydrated and dry in which case there is not much you can do.
To avoid these kinds of damages to the lipid layer of the skin, it is advised to replenish fatty acids in the body through nutrition, moisturize the skin immediately after shower, using gentler cleansers and avoiding hot and long showers. Also, if you feel your skin has been getting too dry lately, it might be because you are not exfoliating it enough. To avoid this problem, try dry brushing!
But more importantly, to address the issue of ensuring lipid protection for our skin, it is essential to feed skin with the vitamins, especially B complex and application of topical hyaluronic acid and vitamin C which will keep the skin hydrated for a longer time. Regular application of the products improve the skin quality and the ability of the skin to retain moisture.
So, what is your favorite hyaluronic acid serum and vitamin C serum? Share in the comments below!
Till then, ciao.