5 Signs That Prove You Have Dehydrated Skin
One beauty tip that every celebrity will swear by is hydration. As a teenager pouring over celebrity interviews, I used to find this answer yawn-inducing. My ignorant young self thought this was something that happened only to those who had dry skin. Of course, now I know that your skin type has nothing to do with dehydration and how one should never undermine the role of water in maintaining good skin. Very often, it skips our mind to consume enough water or increase our intake with the changing season. Most women don’t even realise they have dehydrated skin. So grab your sipper and look out for these cues to determine if your skin is dehydrated, and what you can do to keep it moisturised.
1. Flaky skin
The first sign of dehydrated skin is when it starts feeling flaky and dry in patches. While you need to start chugging water ASAP, don’t forget to exfoliate your skin twice or thrice a week, use a hydrating serum, and top it up with moisturiser to seal in the hydration and prevent loss of moisture.
2. Chapped Lips
You might notice that your lips crack even though you use a moisturising chapstick and/or the weather is hot and humid. This is because you are not hydrated enough. Besides, guzzling a lot of water, ensure that you eat a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables, and don’t forget to keep a hydrating lip balm at hand. Skip Vaseline and try these instead.
3. Pronounced Dark Circles
That dreaded D word is enough to make even the sanest of us get hysterical! If you are among the lucky girls who doesn’t have dark circles and have been noticing them suddenly making an appearance, or if you already have dark circles and have noticed them getting more pronounced lately, then you might definitely be dehydrated. You might want to look out for under eye products that are enriched with Hyaluronic Acid since it is a humectant. It draws water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
4. Prominent wrinkles and fine lines
Just like dark circles get more pronounced, wrinkles and fine lines start looking deeper when skin is dehydrated. Use a hydrating serum that will deeply penetrate your skin and boost hydration levels followed by a thick moisturiser that will lock in moisture. When you live in or are travelling to places that have extreme climates you must use products that will form a barrier to maintain the level of moisture in your skin.
5. Dull, lifeless Skin
Wondering why your skin is looking dull and generally lacklustre lately? Maybe you’re having enough water and are using hydrating products, but it’s your air conditioner (or heater) that’s playing truant. Sitting for long hours in an air-conditioned environment can sap your skin of moisture. Try to get a humidifier to add moisture to the air around you or you can even keep bowls of water near the air conditioner so that your skin will be saved from the dehydrating effects of the air conditioner.