Has your skin been looking a little more dull, sensitive, and flaky lately? If you’ve been experiencing these signs, your skin may be dehydrated. Learn about the key signs and symptoms of dehydrated skin and our top recommendations on how to rehydrate your skin and restore your natural, radiant glow.
You may wonder if dehydrated skin is the same as dry skin, the answer is no. They may share many similar signs and symptoms; however, they are actually quite different. To make sure you’re choosing the right skin care treatment for your skin, it is important to know the distinction between the two.
So, what is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Dehydrated skin lacks water, while dry skin lacks natural oils or sebum. Furthermore, dry skin is a skin type and is inherited through genetics, while dehydrated skin is a skin condition you acquire when your skin lacks water content. The appearance of dry skin can be improved by using oil-infused skin care products, while dehydrated skin can be treated with a combination of lifestyle changes and effective skin care treatments.
What are the signs of Dehydrated Skin?
1. Enhanced Sensitivity
When there’s a disruption on your skin’s moisture barrier, it will be more difficult for your skin to protect itself from environmental stressors and irritants, resulting in increased sensitivity. The outermost layer of your skin becomes more vulnerable to penetration by irritants such as pollution and bacteria, causing already existing symptoms such as itchiness, redness and skin irritation to worsen.
External environmental elements such as strong winds and extreme temperatures can take out the moisture from the outermost layer of your skin which leads to skin tightness and itchiness.
3. Dull and Tired Skin
When your skin is suffering with dehydration, its ability to turnover cells becomes slower. As a result, your skin is unable to shed its outermost layer as frequently as it needs to, leaving dead skin cells to accumulate on your skin’s surface. This brings up a wide array of skin problems such as clogged pores, congestion and a dull complexion.
4. Appearance of Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Signs of aging become apparent when your skin is suffering with dehydration. Try to gently pinch your cheek, if fine lines form, then your skin is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin often appears as small and triangular fine lines.
5. Reduced Skin Elasticity
The decrease of skin elasticity causes the skin to look saggy, leathery, or crinkled. Although the loss of skin elasticity comes naturally with age, it can also be a symptom of skin dehydration. The pinch test is a quick procedure to show if you are suffering with dehydration. To perform the test, gently pinch your cheek, chest, stomach, or the back of your hand for a few seconds. Observe the results once you let go, if your skin is able to snap back right away, you’re most likely not dehydrated; however, if it takes a few moments for your skin to return to its original state, then this could be a sign you are dehydrated.
How to Treat Dehydrated Skin:
1. Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine Intake
Increase your water intake and cut down on the liquor and coffee. Alcohol and Caffeine are diuretics that deplete your skin’s water content. Additionally, Alcohol delays the production of vasopressin, a hormone that’s essential for rehydration. If you must get a hold of your coffee fix and unwind with some liquor, then one cup of coffee per day and a glass of liquor at night should be fine.
2. Get a Humidifier
Dry indoor air, especially artificially-ventilated spaces, can lead to dry skin. It can also reduce the elasticity of your skin. Keep the humidity of your home and workplace between 30and 50 percent, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Humidifiers help create moisture and humidity in the air, reducing the risk of dry skin and dehydration.
3. Build a Skin Care Routine for Dehydrated Skin
Wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle and hydrating facial cleanser. Dehydrated skin tends to accumulate dead skin cells due to its delay in cell turnover, leading to clogged pores and congestion. The Mastic Origins’ Magnifique Cleansing Gel is a hydrating cleansing gel for the face, wherein during its application, it turns into a soap-emulsion. Enriched with Mastic and Ganoderma Mushroom (“The Mushroom of Immortality”) from the Pelion Forest known for its antioxidant and healing properties, it moisturizes and deeply cleanses the facial area without traces of oiliness. It is also ideal for makeup removal.
Use a Face Scrub Mask
To help the dehydrated skin regain its lost velvety texture, the 2-in-1 Face Scrub Mask is a natural face and eye mask with green clay; it is rich in astringent natural agents and has high antibacterial and antifungal properties. The granules offer light exfoliation on the face and eyes, leaving the face hydrated and perfectly clean.
Use a Hydrating Serum
To efficiently treat dehydrated skin, it is important to increase your skin’s water reserves. The Mastic Origins’ Hydrative Face and Neck Drops is a moisturizing organic serum that does just that. The Spirulina, one of its active ingredients, has an effect on the peripheral circulation which increases the oxygenation of cells resulting in tightening the skin; additionally, its high content of vitamins moisturizes the skin.
Use a Hydrating Face Cream
Our Energizing Moisturizing Cream has a unique composition provides absolute 24-hour hydration of the face. Like the Hydrating Serum, it contains the active ingredient Spirulina which tightens and moisturizes the skin. The Jojoba essential oils soften the skin while maintaining its natural elasticity. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of mastic and the complex of vitamins E with soy extract, stimulate and soothe the skin, giving it a velvety and soft look.
Use a Peel-Off Mask
Restore the water balance of dehydrated skin with the Pesto Mastiha Peel-Off Mask. It is a gentle, pure and organic cream with water reserves. Buttersperm butter, aloe extracts and vitamin E help rejuvenate the hydrolipid film, restoring water balance. Hyaluronic acid acts on the epidermal film, moisturizing the local layers and reducing irritation and the possibility of skin infection, in combination with allantoin, and the antibacterial properties of Mastic.
Gentle Exfoliation for the Body
Treat signs of dehydration from head to toe by adding Body Care to your skincare routine as well. The Hangover Body Polisher acts to cool the body, hydrate it, and offer immediate rejuvenation. Sea salt granules act as an exfoliating agent by expelling dead cells from the body. Finally, almond oil offers a continuous hydration and leaves your skin with a velvety texture.
Quench the thirst of dehydrated skin with the Ouzo Body Butter. It is a certified Vegan body cream that refreshes and soothes dry skin, and provides it with lasting hydration and radiance. The beneficial properties of asteroid anise (ouzo) in combination with mastic compose a rich-textured body cream with a buttery texture that is absorbed in less than 5 ” by the skin and gives it a hydrating aroma that lasts up to 24 hours.
Are you experiencing dehydrated skin? We would love to help you out and become a part of your skin care journey to healthy, beautiful and naturally-glowing skin. Have a look at our product catalog to learn more about our All-Natural, Mastic-infused products.