Jen Vittanuova, EV Expert and Owner of PMA Medical says: “It’s not uncommon for those with oily or acne-prone complexions to also suffer from dehydrated skin that has been caused by the use of harsh products.”
The difference between dry and dehydrated skinThe key difference is that dry skin is caused by a lack of oil, while dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water.
“Dry skin is a skin type, whereas dehydrated skin is a condition and happens when there is a lack of water in the skin's top layer,” explains Rachel Goddard, EV Expert and Clinical Director of Rachel Goddard Aesthetics.
“The best way to work out if your skin is dehydrated”, says Vittanouva, “is by sight and touch. If your skin wrinkles when you gently pinch it, then it’s likely to be dehydrated.”
Characteristics of dehydrated skin
- Exaggerated wrinkles
- Exaggerated dark circles under the eyes
- Sagging skin
- Redness or inflammation
- Congested skin
15 things that cause dehydrated skin
- Not drinking enough water
- Excessive sweating (often from exercise)
- UVA rays
- Weather conditions such as cold temperatures and harsh winds
- Air pollution
- Air conditioning and central heating
- Hot showers and baths, saunas, and steam rooms
- Alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Poor diet
- Air travel
- Poor or incorrect skincare regime
- Over-use of retinol
How to treat dehydrated skin at home
Increase your water consumptionSimple as it sounds, drinking more water is the single most effective way to treat dehydrated skin, says Vittanouva. “It’s not unusual for clients to come to me asking for dermal fillers, when all they actually need to do is rehydrate. Skin loses volume and elasticity when you are dehydrated, but once you increase your water intake, skin cells will plump up and your complexion will look brighter.”
Rehydrate your skin from the outsideReassuringly, Vittanouva explains that dehydrated skin can be remedied by making a few simple changes to your skincare regime: “Obviously, the most important thing is to get moisture back into the skin so that it can start to repair itself. Once the right regime, with the right products, is adopted, you will see results within weeks.”
Hyaluronic acid, a vital ingredient for attracting moisture to the skin, is a good place to start; you could also try a water-based face mist when in a drying, air conditioned environment.
However, it often isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution, so it's advisable to seek advice from a qualified skincare professional before using topical treatments on dehydrated skin.
Rehydrate your skin from the insideA two-pronged approach to tackling dehydrated skin will not only yield the best, and quickest results, but will also help to prevent future reoccurrence of the issue.
Daily fish oil supplements are recommended, along with vitamin A and hyaluronic acid in supplement form.
In-clinic treatments for dehydrated skinNine times out of ten, dehydrated skin can be repaired without the need for in-clinic treatments.
If you do want to give things a bit of a boost, Vittanouva recommends treatments such as skin booster injections, dermal fillers, hydrating facials, microneedling and microdermabrasion, which, she says, can really help to improve the look and feel of skin suffering from dehydration.
Rachel Goddard, Medical Aesthetics Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Goddard is the Clinical Director of Rachel Goddard Aesthetics, a multi-award winning medical aesthetics clinic based in Ramsbottom, North Manchester....Book with Rachel Goddard
Jen Vittanuova, Clinical Nurse Director
Jen Vittanuova is a highly awarded registered nurse practitioner, prescribing and treating patients from PMA Medical in Huddersfield, and Harley Street,...Book with Jen Vittanuova