What is dehydrated skin and what are its causes?

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition caused by a lack of water (for various reasons), this lack of water translates into discomfort in the body. Any type of skin (dry, oily, combination) can present a dehydration problem.

Dehydration can appear temporarily due to external factors such as extreme temperatures, application of aggressive cosmetics, intake of certain medications, lack of humidity in the environment, stress or prolonged exposure to the sun. We must be clear that there is a lot of confusion regarding this topic, since many people think that “dehydrated skin” is the same as referring to “dry skin” or “combination skin”, but they are not the same.
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Difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin

Let's understand the differences together, so it will be much easier to find the best products and develop an appropriate skin care routine so that you can achieve soft, shiny and smooth skin.

Dry skin, often feeling tight and showing no signs of oil , is a type of skin that many people are born with and is determined by the density of the sebaceous glands in the skin. This sensation on the skin does not change, very rarely it tends to have changes, so the sensation of dryness can worsen.

On the other hand, dehydrated skin can look and feel similar to dry skin, but the big difference is that this type of skin can appear and disappear, it does not persist over time. Another of its characteristics is that it is often accompanied by normal or even excessive production of oil in the skin. Despite the excess oil, the skin still feels tight or dry; these signs are usually accompanied by small peeling .

Symptoms of dehydrated skin

The main symptoms of dehydrated skin usually manifest themselves as:
  • Dull and dull dry skin
  • Itchy, rough or peeling skin
  • Appearance of wrinkles
  • Presence of stretch marks on the face
  • Tightness in the skin

Why does dehydrated skin occur?

Dehydrated skin can be caused by different factors, most often it is the result of using aggressive skin care products or those that sensitize the skin, altering the barrier and microbiome. Also, it can develop from having used inappropriate products for your skin type, which leads to an imbalance.

Applying ingredients like denatured alcohol (or SD alcohol), menthol, mint, or fragrances (synthetic or natural) can dry out the skin's surface and leave it feeling dehydrated. Additionally, it will stimulate excessive oil production at the base of the pore, so your skin will end up being oilier and more prone to developing clogged pores.

The same thing can happen when you use abrasive exfoliants like cleansing brushes, using the wrong combination of products, or using certain products too often. All of these ingredients and products damage the skin's surface, and we know that keeping the barrier intact is extremely important for healthy-looking skin.

But do not worry! You can treat dehydrated skin , below we give you tips to make it improve noticeably.
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How to care for dehydrated skin?

The most important thing you can do to care for dehydrated skin is to evaluate your skin care routine and stop using harsh, sensitizing products. For it:

  • Use gentle (but effective) cleansers that don't leave your skin tight, dry, or greasy.
  • Never use physical exfoliants (granules) and/or cleansing brushes with stiff bristles.
  • Use a rehydrating toner instead of alcohol-based toners.
  • Remember that you don't have to use specific products every day to get great benefits.
  • When using toners, boosters, serums and moisturizers, make sure their formulas contain ingredients that replenish hydration and ingredients that restore the skin.
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Carolina Cardona Valencia, Social Communicator
For Satori Beauty