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Combatting Dehydrated Skin: Causes, Signs, and Solutions

Dehydrated skin is a common skin issue characterized by a lack of moisture, resulting in a dull, tight, and uncomfortable complexion. Often confused with dry skin, which lacks oil, dehydrated skin can affect individuals with any skin type. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, signs, and solutions for dehydrated skin.

What is Dehydration?

  • Dehydrated skin occurs when the protective uppermost layer of the skin, known as the stratum corneum, is lacking in moisture.

  • Temporary Skin Condition

  • Affected by External Factors i.e. medication, environment, season

  • This can lead to an impaired skin barrier

What is Transepidermal Water Loss

When water passes from the dermis through the epidermis, evaporating from the skins surface. While TEWL is a process that your skin naturally regulates, certain factors that can damage the skin’s barrier function can also affect TEWL levels. Circumstances such as injury, low- humidity weather conditions and topically applied products that dry out the skin can impact TEWL.

Causes of Dehydrated Skin:

Several factors can contribute to dehydrated skin, including:

  • Environmental factors, such as harsh weather, air conditioning, and heating systems

  • Over-cleansing or using harsh skincare products

  • Not drinking enough water

  • Ageing, which can lead to a decrease in the skin's ability to retain moisture

Signs of Dehydrated Skin:

Dehydrated skin may exhibit the following signs:

  • Dullness

  • Tightness or a feeling of "pulling" on the skin

  • Increased sensitivity or irritation

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Cell Turnover

Efficient cellular turnover is paramount to maintaining a good level of hydration within the skin. We can achieve this by encouraging cell desquamation and cell migration.

Solutions for Dehydrated Skin:

To address dehydrated skin, consider implementing the following solutions:

  1. Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn't strip the skin of its natural oils.

  2. Incorporate a hydrating serum, such as one containing hyaluronic acid, which can help bind water to the skin and improve moisture retention.

  3. Opt for a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type and addresses your specific concerns. Look for ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, and shea butter, which can help to lock in moisture.

  4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure your body and skin are adequately hydrated.

  5. Use a humidifier in your home, especially during the winter months or when using air conditioning, to help maintain optimal humidity levels.

  6. Protect your skin from harsh weather conditions by wearing appropriate clothing and using sun protection.


Dehydrated skin is a common issue that can affect individuals with any skin type. By understanding the causes, signs, and solutions for dehydrated skin, you can take the necessary steps to restore your skin's moisture levels and achieve a healthier, more radiant complexion.


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