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How to treat dehydrated skin

How to treat dehydrated skin

Just as you might be dehydrated even if you don’t feel thirsty, your skin can also be dehydrated even if it doesn’t look it. It’s a condition that can affect everyone, but it only has to be temporary with the right skincare.

Is my skin dehydrated?

As it’s a skin condition rather than a skin type, dehydration can be easily corrected. That is if you know what you’re looking for. Signs your skin might need a little TLC include your skin looking dull and lacklustre, tight, itchy skin that may feel more sensitive, and dark, under-eye circles and fine lines and wrinkles looking more noticeable. You can usually spot dehydration first on your forehead.

What causes dehydrated skin?

While dry skin lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks water. This is why it can even affect oily skin. It’s normal for our skin to lose water every day, but when it loses too much it can become dehydrated. While the weather is the most common cause of dehydration – both hot, dry temperatures and colder, winter months can dry out your skin – there are also several lifestyle choices that you can change to reduce symptoms.

Switching off the central heating, avoiding washing your face too frequently, which can strip the surface of essential oils that keep your skin’s natural barrier healthy, turning down the temperature of the water when you shower and even drinking less coffee, a natural diuretic, can all help to avoid your skin feeling dehydrated from time to time. Stocking up on hydrating and skin-restoring dehydrated skin products doesn’t hurt either.

Dehydrated skin products: How to care for dehydrated skin

Look for gentle formulas that cleanse and tone the skin without stripping it of its natural oils and essential moisture. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that should be on your radar too. This miracle molecule can soak up to 1,000 times its weight in water to help keep your skin hydrated.

Add Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster to your skincare routine to give a dehydrated face a boost of hydration. This hydrating gel serum, enriched with hyaluronic acid and the highest concentration of Vichy Volcanic Mineralizing Water (89%), drenches the skin with moisture and helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function to prevent transepidermal water loss.

Follow with a serum or daily moisturiser packed full of hydrating ingredients. Our best moisturiser for dehydrated skin, Vichy Aqualia Volcano Drop locks in moisture for up to 48 hours thanks to its formula, enriched with a combination of hyaluronic acid and squalane, which helps repair your skin barrier and replenishes water levels for a softer, smoother and more radiant surface. As always, finish with a layer of protective SPF to prevent UV damage.

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