Is your skin dehydrated?

With a host of shared symptoms including flaky patches of skin, redness and tightness, it is easy to confuse dehydrated skin with dry skin. So, what is the difference?


 Those with a dry skin type naturally produce less oil than usual and usually have dry or flaky skin on other parts of their body too.


Differently, dehydrated skin is more of a skin condition as opposed to a skin type. This is caused by a deficiency of moisture within the skin –not oil! Even combination and oily skin types can experience dehydration. In fact, many of those with dehydrated skin find that some parts of their face become exceptionally oily. This is because the oil producing glands are overcompensating for the lack of moisture in the skin by producing extra oil. This can be particularly problematic for those prone to acne and clogged pores.


What causes dehydrated skin?

There are several factors which can contribute to dehydrated skin, but these are the main culprits:

  • Using incorrect skincare

  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking alcohol

  • Weather: harsh wind and prolonged sun exposure outside can strip the skin of moisture. Inside, air con and heaters can evaporate moisture too.


However, do not despair – we have some tips to help improve dehydrated skin.



Drink up

You’ve heard it before, but we will say it again. Remember to keep hydrated: No, cups of coffee do not count! Unfortunately, our skin is the last organ that receives nutrients and water so your skin will suffer the most if you are not drinking enough.


Hyaluronic acid is your new BFF

Hyaluronic acid is a fantastic hydrator which can hold up to 100 times its weight in water and is dehydrated skin’s best friend. This ingredient is lightweight and can be found in many fantastic serums. One of our favourites is the super soothing Hydra Cool from iS Clinical.


Revaluate your routine 

If you think that your current skincare regime might be causing your dehydrated skin, speak to a cosmetic doctor or medical aesthetician. You can go through your current routine with them and they can help you substitute in ingredients to help hydrate and maintain moisture.