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How to Treat and Fix Dehydrated Skin


Dehydrated skin is a very common problem, and it can be difficult to treat. Many men struggle with their skin condition for years, before finally finding a routine to fix the issue.

In this guide, we explain how to hydrate dehydrated skin and get it looking its best again.

What does dehydrated skin look like?

Dehydrated skin can look dull and tired, and lacking in the color you would usually see in a healthy complexion. There’s often some redness to be seen, and even possible flaking. Along with its appearance, men with dehydrated skin also usually experience irritation and an itchy feeling.

Despite the name, dehydrated skin is very different from dry skin. Dry skin is a skin type, rather than a skin condition. It is usually linked to your genetics, and men often have dry skin due to hormonal imbalance, and although less common, sometimes this can also be linked to other health problems such as thyroid issues. Check out our guide on how to treat dry skin for more information.

Dehydrated skin is a condition which can occur in a range of different skin types, even in people who have naturally oily skin, because of general dehydration — a lack of water. The good news is, dehydrated skin can be treated with the right lifestyle choices and skin care routine.

What causes dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin is a common issue for a lot of men and has a couple of different causes. Let’s take a closer look at the most typical causes of dehydrated skin.

Lack of sleep

Human beings need sleep. More specifically, at least 7 to 9 hours of a good, consistent night's rest. Lack of proper rest has a lot of effects on your life, including higher stress levels, and being more prone to injuries because your body’s not recuperated enough.

A lack of sleep also takes its toll on your skin. When you are not well rested, the moisture levels of your skin will decrease and your complexion’s pH levels will drop accordingly. In turn, this makes your skin look dull and older.

Air quality and the weather

Going from hot to cold in a matter of seconds is something we take for granted due to modern air conditioning. However, while air conditioning can keep us nice and cool during the summer, it also removes a lot of moisture from the air, and from your skin. Over time, this can lead to severely dehydrated skin, leaving your face looking dull and older.

Just like those who struggle with oily skin, men with dehydrated skin need to be aware of harsh weather, as when it’s very cold or very hot, your skins’ water balance is affected. So remember to always protect your skin when you go outside. Take a look at our summer skincare hacks for more info.

Not drinking enough water

Dehydration happens because there’s a lack of water in your body. Of course, the most common cause of this is not drinking enough. If you don’t have enough water reserves, the water will only be used for the essentials, like your organ functions, leaving your skin dehydrated.

Too hot showers

Yes, we all do love a hot shower, especially when it’s cold outside. However, while a hot shower can feel very invigorating, it’s a devil in disguise for your skin. Scalding hot water can dry out your skin and even go as far as to leave damage.Turn down the temperature a bit and you’ll notice a big difference in your skin.

How to fix dehydrated skin

As mentioned at the start of our guide, dehydrated skin can be tricky to solve. However, there are a couple of simple things you can do to help dehydrated skin and have a healthy complexion again.

Stay hydrated

Start your day off by drinking a big glass of water. It will help you balance your hydration level again after your nights’ rest and will encourage you to drink more during the day too. Try to aim for at least 2 liters of water per day to keep your body fully hydrated.

While water helps you stay hydrated, there are a couple of beverages that actually promote loss of water. Coffee and alcohol are two of them. Try to reduce the amount of caffeine you drink and restrict your alcohol intake.

Watch your diet

Besides keeping up your water intake and reducing caffeine and alcohol, there are also a couple of dietary choices you can make to help you along.

Try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, as these usually contain a lot of sugar and salt, both of which cause water to leave your cells in order to equalize your bloodstream.

Instead, add in some water-rich foods into your daily diet like cucumber, watermelon, strawberries and tomatoes.

Skincare products: what to use for dehydrated skin

When creating a skincare routine to help your skin look its very best, it’s important to pick the right products to use on dehydrated skin.

For dehydrated skin, make sure to use a cleanser during your everyday routine. Opt for one that contains hyaluronic acid, which can help to retain moisture.

After you’ve washed your face with warm water in the morning, using moisturising cream that’s free of any harsh chemicals like alcohol will help increase hydration and heal your skin over time if it has become cracked.

No you know what to do for dehydrated skin, hopefully you’re well on your way to a perfect complexion!

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