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Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is skin that lacks moisture. It may flake, itch and be easily irritated and feel tight after washing it, especially after cleansing with soap or harsh cleansers. Moisture-deprived skin also looks older since the lack of moisture accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. The key to treating this common skin problem is to help skin hold on to more water.

What Causes It?

Skin becomes dehydrated when it loses too much water to the outside environment. This can come from external factors that cause water loss such as extremes in temperature or dry air. People who live in a dry climate or in a home with low humidity often lose excess water through their skin, especially in the winter.

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Using harsh soaps and cleansers and washing too often can also harm skin’s natural lipid layer that helps to hold water in, leading to skin dehydration. Taking hot showers and baths, living in a dry environment and running air conditioning also draw water from the skin’s surface causing skin to become dehydrated.

Other factors that cause skin dehydration are overexposure to the sun and medical conditions such as an under-active thyroid gland or diabetes. Dehydrated skin also becomes more common with age as the protective, outer layer of the skin thins out and doesn’t retain water as well.

Skin is dehydrated when the outer layer of the skin called the stratum corneum contains less than 10% water. At that point, skin starts to feel tight and lose its translucency. It also feels rough and dry to the touch. Skin that’s dehydrated lacks the rosy glow of youth and may feel itchy, irritated and uncomfortable.

Treatment

It’s important to avoid over cleansing dehydrated skin especially with soap or other harsh detergents since this can harm the lipid barrier that helps the skin hold onto water. Short showers are better than soaking in a tub of hot water. If you live in a dry home, add a home humidifier to put more moisture into the air to reduce water loss. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, and always wear a sunscreen to reduce moisture loss and protect against premature skin aging.

One of the best things you can do for this problem is to use a mild cleanser, and follow up with a moisturizer. Moisturizers provide skin with an additional barrier that reduces water loss. Some moisturizers called humectants draw water from the environment to moisten the skin. They are found in many moisturizing skin care products.

For cleansing, choose a product specially formulated for skin that’s dry or dehydrated. The cleanser should contain moisturizing and soothing ingredients like aloe vera and honey. Other ingredients such as salicylic acid and resorcinol can help to improve skin’s texture.

At night, follow up with a moisturizing cream that contains hydrating agents to provide a barrier against moisture loss. Select a product that is hypoallergenic and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Once it’s on, you can sleep peacefully knowing your skin is well nourished and protected from water loss.

Protect your skin from dehydration throughout the day but using a sunscreen with antioxidants to protect skin cells against damage that can cause premature aging. This provides good, daily protection against dehydrated skin and sun damage. Sun protection is a must for keeping skin moist and youthful.

The Bottom Line?

Dehydrated skin can make you look older by accentuating fine lines and reducing skin’s natural translucency. Fortunately, using a mild cleanser and moisturizer made for water-starved skin helps to hold in hydration and give skin back its youthful glow.

  

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A rich, nurturing moisturizer that repairs dry skin.
$98.00 $122.00 value
4.3oz | JQ022
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Cleanse and moisturize your skin with one perfect wipe.
$20.00 $25.00 value
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A pampering duo of body massage oils that will leave the skin feeling nourished.
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5oz x 2 | EH034
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AH237
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Three easy steps for relief and repair for your dry skin.
$42.50 $51.00 value
PE129
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This set helps restore optimal hydration levels to dehydrated skin.
$49.00 $63.00 value
CP157
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An exclusive blend of 21 Dead Sea minerals, to instantly soften dry hands and feet.
$29.50 $65.00 value
AH213
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Bestselling Hibiscus and Fig Duo leaves skin hydrated, soft and smooth.
$32.00 $49.00 value
AH262
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A silky toner that gently calms and hydrates skin.
$55.00 $80.00 value
12oz | ER058
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Experience long-lasting, soothing hydration with this duo.
$48.00 $64.00 value
CP146
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Nourish and restore skin with these stem cell based products.
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$140.00 value
RD112
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This lotion glides on easily to wrap your body in splendid, silky softness all day long.
$36.00 $48.00 value
17oz | AH228
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Travel-ready kit to help replenish dry, dull and irritated skin that has been deprived of oxygen and moisture.
$45.00 $65.00 value
SI039
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A specialized skin care duo that helps to repair and strengthen skin.
$325.00 $398.00 value
ER053
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Replenishes nutrients to help skin feel smooth and appear younger.
$78.00
1oz | SK002
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This eye balm reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.
$95.00
.5oz | NO012
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A lightweight moisturizer that seals in natural moisture overnight to plump your skin.
$95.00
1.7oz | ER038
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An ultra-gentle, non-stinging, anti-irritant gel masque for all skin types including sensitive skin.
$45.00
5oz | PT019
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This lightweight hydrator leaves skin feeling fresh and dewy.
$60.00 $64.00 value
1.69oz | RC079
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A super hydrating formula that helps to calm and soothe sensitive skin.
$52.00
2oz | VT007
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A unique composition which soothes, softens and restores skin's natural balance.
$18.00 $23.00 value
10.2oz | AE003
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Moisture replenishment with grape seed oil and marine extracts.
$60.00
2oz | SK010
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Reactivate skin hydration whenever you need it.
$28.00
8.3oz | MF023
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A multi-tasking, hydrating eye cream that reduces fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
$65.00
0.5oz | NV204
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A mix-to-activate, duo-phase mask to quench your thirsty skin.
$65.00
4 x 1.25oz | ER056
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A hydrating mist that refreshes the skin and senses.
$35.00
3.3oz | JQ008
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Formulated to counter moisture loss, collagen breakdown, and free radical damage.
$81.00
14gr | SK035
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This product is formulated to provide long-lasting hydration for all-day moisture protection.
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1.7oz | OB071
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Delivers immediate moisture for youthful, radiant skin.
$100.00
1oz | NO007
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Pure, potent, intensive, anti-aging, single dose eye capsules.
$56.00
60 Capsules | EA088
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Hydrates, soothes and comforts skin on contact.
$75.00
1.7oz | KF150
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This advanced serum gives a nourishing boost to ensure skin is adequately protected and hydrated.
$85.00
1oz | KF137
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This lightweight, non greasy moisturizing cream that delivers exceptionally high levels of hydration to the skin.
$65.00
1.7oz | MR170
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A rich cream that provides 24 hour hydration.
$65.00
1.69oz | DC246
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An ultra-hydrating, luxurious face cream formulated to deliver deep moisture and promote skin radiance.
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1.7oz | OB072
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This multi-defense eye cream provides serious environmental protection.
$100.00
0.5oz | EA132
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Intensely hydrates and soothes all skin types, even the most dehydrated.
$49.00
1oz | CP105
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Restores vital moisture and rebuilds the skin's protective barrier.
$50.00
1 oz | MF022
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This hydrating mask improves the appearance of dull, tired and dehydrated skin.
$28.00
4 x 0.95oz | KA006
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A gently calming and hydrating toner that eliminates dullness.
$45.00
6.8oz | ER043
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An eye treatment that helps to correct and prevent dehydration.
$38.00
0.3oz | RC031
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Leaves skin silky soft all day long.
$45.00 $67.50 value
24oz | AH182
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A hydrating mask that provides intensive soothing care to dehydrated, overstressed skin.
$26.00
1.7oz | AE010
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Let your skin reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid.
$75.00
30 ml | CL007
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Maintains your skin's moisture level all day long. Best Facial Moisturizer - Self Magazine
$40.00
1.7oz | AH001
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An ultra-hydrating, anti-aging moisturizer for dry skin that helps protect from environmental damage.
$52.00
1oz | RC094
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This serum increases skin hydration while diminishing the appearance of fine lines.
$69.00
1oz | DQ001
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This luxurious, silky skin softening moisturizer helps fortify the skin's lipid barrier.
$38.00
1oz | PT236
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