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Does your skin feel stiff and dry, or does it seem dull? This would indicate dehydration. A good skin care regimen is a must as it gives your skin the hydration it wants. While using cream, serums, and other skincare products is essential for maintaining the health and radiance of your skin, the right approach is to nourish and hydrate your skin from the inside out.
In this blog we will learn how to keep your skin hydrated and what are the appropriate products to do so.

What is Hydrated Skin?

Hydrating your skin is to increase the skin’s water content. Hydrated skin is radiant and smooth. On the other hand, if your skin appears flaky, irritated and rough, it is due to dehydration. These signs make your complexion dull and at times can be uncomfortable. For hydration one needs to feed their skin from time to time.
All the skin types can get dehydrated. For instance, individuals with oily skin can still have dehydrated one, due to increased levels of sebum but low water content. This makes the oily skin more acne prone and may cause irritation or dryness. Thus, skin hydration is essential to maintain a healthy skin barrier.

What Causes Dehydrated Skin?

Skin that is dehydrated lacks brightness, comfort and feels quite tight all the time. It also has scales and feels scratchy after washing the face. Some of the causes are:

Environmental stressors

Weather like extreme hot or cold might harm your skin’s protective natural barrier. Indoor heating, exposure to the UV rays or dry windy air may trigger water content to evaporate from the skin in copious amounts.

Harsh skincare products

Skincare products with harmful and toxic ingredients affect your skin’s ability to retain moisture. Sometimes these products are too aggressive for your skin and can strip off the natural oils from it.

Excessive exfoliation

The natural moisture barrier of your skin might be harmed by prolonged exfoliation. If you scrub your skin with harsh, abrasive products, the damage could be more.

Tips to Hydrate Your Skin

The layers of our skin regularly lose water to the arid environment outside. This is because our skin needs some water flux to operate normally. But the excessive water loss is the major concern. Here are some tips by which we can prevent this loss of water and provide hydration to our skin:

Drink adequate amount of water

The foremost step is to hydrate your body by drinking water. Consuming 8-10 glasses of water each day, makes your skin hydrated and retains moisture within. You should also look into your diet and other lifestyle factors so as to revamp your lost hydration.

Avoid long hot showers

Long hot baths increase the evaporation of water from your skin and thus results in loss of moisture content. It is recommended to take short showers and always use lukewarm water.

Limit your caffeine intake

Your skin's water level can be reduced by both caffeine and alcohol, which can result in tightness and dehydration. To lessen their adverse effects keep your caffeine and alcohol consumption to minimum.

Use hydrating products

For dehydrated skin, it is recommended to use products that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycerin and ceramides. These all substances relieve your skin from roughness and itchiness. They maintain the elasticity of the skin and replenish it from within. These products directly impart moisture to your skin cells and improve the skin’s barrier function.
An excellent choice is to use Kosmoderma Moisture Boost Cream, which is made with a significant amount of hyaluronic acid to hold the moisture of the skin and give it a supple appearance. The presence of ceramides and glycerin prevents dryness by retaining moisture.
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With cocoyl taurate and shea butter in its formulation, Kosmoderma Daily Gentle Skin Cleanser is an ideal facial cleanser that gives hydration and keeps skin soft and smooth without drying.
The ideal level of moisture is also offered by Kosmoderma Ultra Moisture Blast. Lactic acid is the main active ingredient that aids in reducing skin dryness and refresh the skin from within.
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Use sunscreen

Every time you go outside during the day, protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Your skin can get dehydrated from exposure to the sun, losing moisture. It also loses collagen and elastin protein that give it strength and flexibility. This could result in early ageing symptoms.
Kosmoderma Photo Protect Sunscreen with SPF 40 is a good choice as it shields your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Not only from the sun, this sunscreen also provides protection from blue light. It protects your skin from visible signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and decreases melanin deposits caused by exposure from the sun.

Dehydrated Skin Vs Dry Skin

Although dryness and dehydration look similar, yet they are two different conditions. Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water, whereas dry skin is the result of insufficient sebum or oil. The symptoms for dry skin usually last for a long time and may be accompanied by itching and environmental factors. These symptoms get frequently worsened in the winter. Dehydrated skin also shows premature signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines. Skin dullness and itchiness can also contribute to the signs of ageing.

Symptoms of dehydrated skin

  • Dull skin with flakes
  • Appearance of visible signs of ageing
  • Red patches
  • Inflammation
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased sensitivity

Symptoms of dry skin

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Flakiness in the skin
  • Irritation

Hydration vs Moisturization

Hydrating your skin implies adding water to your skin, whereas moisturising means to add specific ingredients that lock the water inside your skin. If you add only humectants (water ingredients) to your daily skin care regime, it may show temporary results. The water will evaporate after some time and lead to dehydrated skin. However, moisturising your skin will repair your skin’s barrier and will prevent water loss. They seal the moisture and build the skin’s protective barrier. Thus, improving the texture of your skin. Dry, flaky and dehydrated skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturised regularly.

Conclusion

Hydration and moisturization are the two primary forms of skin health. Hydrating your skin from the inside out is essential if you want to keep it healthy, young, and wrinkle-free. Following a proper skincare regime, eating a water-rich diet and following a healthy lifestyle will surely make your skin look younger.

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