If your skin swings from shiny and oily to tight and wrinkled throughout the course of your day, you may be experiencing dehydrated skin. The good news is that this uncomfortable condition is not a permanent sentence. Using clinically-proven skincare in a consistent routine can hydrate skin fast, instantly soothing and restoring plumpness while reducing oiliness and inflammation over time.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the science behind dehydrated skin, focusing on practical solutions and proven-effective skincare products that can help you achieve fast hydration and revitalized, radiant skin.
What is Dehydrated Skin?
Dehydrated skin is skin that lacks water. This often temporary condition can occur in all skin types, including oily and combination. In fact, dehydrated skin can actually cause your skin to become more oily as your body produces more sebum to help lock in moisture and fix the problem.
Dehydrated skin occurs when water evaporates from inside the skin into the surrounding environment. While this process (known as trans epidermal water loss or TEWL) is happening all the time, a disruption in the skin’s protective moisture barrier can cause it to go into overdrive, resulting in dehydration.
It’s important to note that dehydrated skin is different from dry skin. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition, while dry skin is a skin type.
What Causes Dehydrated Skin?
Anything that disrupts the skin’s natural moisture balance can cause dehydrated skin. Some of these causes include:
Environmental factors. Exposure to dry air and harsh weather conditions can speed TEWL, causing the skin to become dehydrated. Over-cleansing. Using harsh cleansers or over-washing the face can strip the skin of its natural oils, disrupting the moisture barrier and contributing to dehydration. Steamy showers. Prolonged exposure to hot water can also strip the skin and cause dehydration. Sun exposure. Damaging UV rays can not only cause skin cancer, they can disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier, accelerating TEWL. Age. The skin produces less of its protective oils as we age, making it harder to retain moisture and more prone to dehydration. Alcohol and caffeine. Overdoing it on a night out or drinking too much coffee can dehydrate your entire body, including your skin. Medications. Certain medications can cause dehydration as a side effect. Incorrect skincare products. Using skincare products that are mismatched to your skin type or contain harsh ingredients can lead to dehydration. Lifestyle factors. Smoking and not drinking enough water can contribute to skin dehydration.
Signs of Dehydrated Skin
Characteristics of dehydrated skin include:
- Shiny, Oily Skin
- Wrinkled skin with a rough, uneven texture
If you’re experiencing any of these skin concerns and suspect your skin is dehydrated, gently pinch one of your cheeks. If it wrinkles with gentle pressure instead of holding its shape, your skin is indeed dehydrated.
Hydrate Skin with this Science-Backed Routine
The best skincare products for revitalizing and restoring dehydrated skin include a combination of humectants — water binding ingredients such as
The following routine is packed with clinically-proven, science-backed ingredients to hydrate your skin fast, restoring radiance and improving overall skin health.
Step 1: Cleanse with Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
Harsh cleansers can strip skin of its natural ois, causing it to become dehydrated. Our
Step 2: Balance with Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mist
Quench dehydrated skin while preparing it to receive the rest of your skincare products with our
We recommend spritzing it onto still-damp skin after cleansing to maximize the efficacy of our innovative hyaluronic acid blend. You can also use it during the day to freshen your makeup or soothe your skin when it’s feeling particularly dry.
Step 3: Quench with Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum
With humectants including ectoin, polyglutamic acid, and hyaluronic acid, our
Step 4: Moisturize
The delicate under-eye area often shows visible signs of dehydration most dramatically because the skin there is the thinnest. Our multi-award-winning
Quench the rest of the skin on your face with the
If you’re on the oilier side, we recommend our advanced reformulated
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Need a more intensive moisture boost? Our ultra-nourishing
Step 5: Lock in Moisture Vitamin C Rose Oil or 100% Squalane Oil
If dehydration is causing your skin to appear dull, turn to our cult-favorite
If you’re using a retinol product —- such as our
While both products are safe for sensitive skin, our 100% Squalane Oil has been honored with the