Dehydrated skin: how to take care of it?

The dehydrated skin is undoubtedly one of the most common skin problems and has nothing to do with dry skin. Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin needs water, not oil. But why do we have dehydrated skin? And what products should you use to relieve the discomfort caused by dehydration ? Find out how to care for your troubled skin with our comprehensive guide.

Dry skin or dehydrated skin? 

It is not always easy to tell the difference between dry skin and dehydrated dehydrated skin. However, it is by determining this difference that you can solve your problem, by using the right products. The dry skin is a type of skin (that we are born with), and is characterised by a lack of oil. On the other hand dehydrated skin is not a skin type, it is a temporary condition and... a lack of water. So, if you have always had a sensation of "cardboard" skin, irritation and dry patches at the slightest change in temperature, then there is a good chance that your skin is dry. Visually, dry skin is lucky to have almost invisible pores. On the other hand dehydrated skin can affect all skin types: oily, combination, normal... and dry! It is characterised by uncomfortable skin, but the pores remain visible and other areas may be oily (such as the T-zone) or even prone to blemishes, while other areas are tight. Dehydration occurs if you don't have a proper routine, but also in case of climate change where the water reserves of the epidermis are depleted more quickly. Stress, fatigue and certain habits can increase dehydration, such as smoking or drinking alcohol.

Dehydrated skin

What to do when you have dehydrated skin?

Rule number one? Drink enough water throughout the day. As mentioned above, it can also be useful to review certain lifestyle habits that can aggravate dehydration. You should also avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and adopt an appropriate beauty routine! To begin with, we swap our micellar water for a make-up remover oil and in terms of moisturising, we don't fall into the trap of using a dry skin cream at the risk of overloading the skin. Instead, use a moisturising cream rich in hyaluronic acid (and not in vegetable oils and other fats). Ideally, once a week, leave a moisturising mask mask like the one Susanne Kaufmann uses to provide extra moisture to dehydrated dehydrated skin.

Moisturising oil for dehydrated skin

Can you use a moisturising oil when your skin is dehydrated?

A care oil is made up of vegetable oils... i.e. fatty substances and not watery substances. So in reality, there is no such thing as amoisturising oil. However, a care oil can be very useful in case of dehydration. Why? Dehydrated skin has difficulty retaining water in the tissues because the hydrolipidic film (the last layer of the epidermis) is altered and allows water to evaporate. Skin care oil used after a moisturiser, for example, will strengthen the hydrolipidic film by providing an additional shield, rather like a bandage. It does not moisturise the skin, but prevents it from losing water. You should also know that there are many different skin care oils, with varying degrees of richness. If you have combination and dehydrated skin, it is better to use jojoba oil, which is lighter than evening primrose, borage or avocado oil. The latter should be preferred if you have normal to dry and dehydrated skin.

Why an organic moisturising serum can save your skin

Unlike an oil, a serum consists of a water base. The serum is THE product that penetrates the skin the deepest. Thus, an organic moisturising serum (preferably), will be able to remedy dehydration by delivering its moisturizing powers deep into the skin. The hydration will be much more diffuse and long-lasting. Note however: a moisturising serum is not enough on its own. After applying it, you should always follow it up with a moisturising cream. The most effective moisturising serums to remedy dehydration are those that contain plant hyaluronic acid because this molecule is capable of retaining 1000 times its weight in water, incredible isn't it?

Before anything else, therefore, it is essential to determine whether you have dry skin or if it is dehydrated: this will enable you to choose the most suitable products. Finally, in addition to a well-oiled routine, don't hesitate to review certain habits: heating or air conditioning that is running at full blast, for example, are likely to aggravate the situation. You should also remember to keep well hydrated throughout the day and, if necessary, you can also slip a lotionIf necessary, you can also carry a lotion in your bag, which you can use as soon as you feel your skin tugging...