In this skin type description, we look at the differences from dehydrated to dry skin and the common symptoms and causes of dehydrated skin.
You will also learn a few tips about holistic care of dehydrated skin. With some measures and means it is possible to help your skin to return to normal.
Dehydrated skin, while annoying, can be relatively easy to treat with the right lifestyle changes. Treatment starts from the inside out to replenish and maintain moisture levels throughout the body.
Severe dehydration of the body and skin should definitely be discussed with a doctor.
Differences dehydrated skin to dry skin
Dehydrated skin is often confused synonymously with dry skin. However, these are two different skin conditions. Dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition, while dry skin describes a skin type.
While dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks natural oils (also called sebum).
Here is an overview of the main differences:
|Lack of skin's own sebum or sebum production
|Lack of moisture or disturbed water balance
|Impaired skin protection barrier due to lack of moisture
|Scaly, sensitive skin
|Dry and rough skin areas
|Pallid and tired complexion
|Excessively pronounced wrinkles and lines that are not in keeping with age
What are the typical signs of dehydrated skin?
The skin appearance of dehydrated skin can be very different and varied. Signs of dehydration can be found in all skin types, dry or oily skin.
Dehydrated skin means that your skin does not contain enough water. It can be rough and may look dull. The overall skin tone and complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines will be more visible.
Some signs that your skin is dehydrated may include:
- Dry, rough or scaly skin
- Dark circles under the eyes or sunken eye area
- Dark spots around the nose
- The complexion looks sallow, tired and saggy
- Excessively pronounced fine lines or dryness wrinkles
- Rarely reddened and irritated skin areas
These features can also appear on oily or oily skin. In most cases, it then appears as if a greasy layer lies over a dried-out skin.
Dehydration of the whole organism can also be noticed through the skin condition and cause symptoms such as:
- Dry mouth
- General weakness
- Darker and less frequent urination
Dehydration can become a medical emergency in these cases. Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of severe dehydration do not improve.
Causes of dehydrated skin
By definition, dehydration means that the body loses more water than it takes in. Apart from not drinking enough water, dehydrated skin can be caused with different factors.
These include, in part, the following causes:
- Increased urinary excretion due to caffeine or diuretics.
- Heavy sweating during sports
- Excessive smoking, alcohol consumption, a poor diet.
- Too little intake of water over a long period of time
- Use of skin care products containing aggressive or skin-sensitizing ingredients that disrupt the lipid barrier or affect the skin's microbiome.
- Use of the wrong products, that is, not corresponding to the right skin type, which can lead to an imbalance.
- Potentially irritating ingredients such as denatured alcohol (or SD alcohol), menthol, peppermint or fragrances (synthetic or natural) can dry out the skin surface and cause a feeling of dehydration.
- Excessive use of scrubs or cleansing brushes.
- Temperature fluctuations, climate and environmental conditions
- Hormonal changes or disease-related factors
As you can see, the causes of dehydrated skin are very diverse and complex. However, there are many measures that can be implemented in everyday life to help the skin regenerate and normalize the moisture balance.
How to test if your skin is dehydrated
You can do a simple test at home to determine the moisture content of your skin.
Take a small area of skin in the cheek area and gently squeeze it. If you notice wrinkling and the skin does not spring back after you release it, your skin may be dehydrated.
A professionally trained dermatology or cosmetic treatment person can also help you determine if your skin is dehydrated or dry.
Dehydrated skin can be positively regulated with a change of lifestyle. Restoring water balance is the first important step, so it's important to drink plenty of water. You can start with the old rule of eight glasses of water a day if you're not already drinking enough.
Water is an important component of the human body and plays a key role in normal physiological balance. Increased and adequate water intake in our diet is considered beneficial to health. In terms of skin health, this link between water and better (skin) performance is widely accepted
Depending on your body weight and activity level, you may need to drink more. Ask your doctor what amount is appropriate for you.
It is also important not to drink too much water, as this can lead to a loss of minerals. Eating vegetables and fruits rich in water (e.g. cucumbers, watermelon, etc.) can also help to increase intake.
You can also treat dehydrated skin with the following diet and lifestyle changes:
- Drink alcohol only in moderation (if at all)
- Drink less coffee and other caffeinated beverages
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Drink water during exercise (at least a few sips every 20 minutes)
- Refuel with fluids after training
- Sleep enough
- Eat more plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and legumes.
- Use products with moisturizers. Active ingredients that bind water to themselves and transport the skin are essential to maintain the skin's protective barrier.
Above all, try not to overdo your skin care. Too much of a good thing can harm your skin and make it hypersensitive. Especially chemical peels with acids and/or with mechanical particles, can lead to redness, irritation and dryness. Often very effective products are used in the wrong combination, with fragrances and, moreover, too often.
Our article about the Consequences of excessive skin care The following pages can help you to get a better overview of this, sometimes very complex, topic.
About the skin protection barrier
Your skin protective barrier is a thin layer of cells that protects against various influences. It preserves moisture, acts against bacteria and fungi, prevents damage from sunlight and the accumulation of impurities. Our skin's protective barrier is, so to speak, a machinery of the most diverse skin components that works incessantly for us. These include fatty acids and lipids, cholesterol and ceramides.
If you disturb the natural balance of your skin barrier, your skin will be much more exposed to external influences. It becomes hypersensitive and just can't seem to tolerate anything. One way to promote healthy and resilient skin is to use simple and essential products that strengthen the skin's protective barrier, not damage it. This mild type of skin care is all about building practical routines that gently stimulate cell regeneration while adding moisture and lipids.
The path to your skin's well-being is unique, and in the case of dehydrated skin, it requires patience and understanding. If you treat your skin gently, simple products that focus on the essentials can make a big improvement.
Our skin care collection for dehydrated skin consists of mild and effective products. All raw materials used are from certified organic farming or are ecologically responsibly sourced. The skincare line is designed to regenerate your protective barrier, moisturize it and keep it supple with plant lipids.
Moisturizing care for a dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin and its complex causes mean a lot of stress and perhaps the first instinct is to focus only on skin care. However, we stand for a holistic concept and show you here products that are mildly effective in helping your dehydrated skin to get back into balance, but also point out the other pillars for holistic skin health.
The first step to regulating your skin is to take care of it from within. By practicing gratitude and patience with your skin, and learning about your skin's natural functioning, you can find new ways to care for your skin from the inside out as well. Meditation is an important component to supporting your skin. Regular relaxation can help regulate the body's inflammatory processes and initiate regenerative processes. In our article about Meditation as part of a holistic skin care routine Learn more about the background and benefits of relaxation for your skin.
In the following, we present the essential care steps as well as a selection of products from our care line, which are particularly suitable for your skin type.
Gently cleanses without stripping the skin of moisture
Our Clay Cleanser is a Clay based cleansing balm . It refreshes the skin without excessively degreasing or dehydrating it.
Clay Cleanser is a mild cleanser with kaolin (white clay), organic oils and gentle emulsifiers. These combined ingredients remove dirt, sweat, make-up and sunscreen in a non-irritating way, yet reliably. Another cleansing step, such as a "Double Cleanse" is not necessary.
- White clay: White kaolin clay has a regulating effect on the sebum production of the skin and has gentle cleansing properties. It is a natural source of minerals and antioxidants and has a soothing effect. White clay is excellent also for sensitive and irritated skin.
- Coconut oil : Moisturizes, refreshes and stimulates skin regeneration. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Decylglucosid : A surfactant that helps the gentle emulsifiers it contains to emulsify oils and water into a cleansing milk. Decyl glucoside is very mild and compatible.
Dehydrated skin tends to react negatively to cleansers containing aggressive surfactants and exfoliants. Very gentle and thorough cleansing is essential for all skin types.
TIPS FOR THE USE OF OUR CLEANSING BALM
- Our Clay Cleansing Balm is very economical to use because it is formulated like a rich balm concentrate.
- A small amount is enough to clean the whole face and neck. You can melt it and massage the face or directly make a balmy cleansing milk with a few drops of water.
- The balm reacts immediately with a little water to form an emulsion (cream, fluid, lotion) that is even easier to apply and massage onto dry facial skin.
- The Clay Cleanser can be washed off with lukewarm water without leaving any residue.
Intensive moisture and protection for dehydrated skin
A very light, oil-free and regulating toner is our Balancing Toner . It has the function of refreshing, regulating, moisturizing and balancing the ph of your skin.
The contained niacinamide strengthens the skin barrier, counteracts impurities, cleanses pores and prevents moisture loss. Using our balancing toner can help you rebalance your dehydrated skin.
The toner also contains the moisturizing ingredients Aloe Vera Juice Powder (organic), Pentylene Glycol and Glycerin
Our Hydrating Serum water-based is very light and absorbs quickly. You can integrate it into your morning and evening routine to provide your skin with intense moisture.
This lightweight moisturizing serum contains active ingredients that strengthen the protective barrier and moisturize deeply:
- Glycerin : Glycerin is an intensively hydrating active ingredient and binds many times more water to itself. It is a skin-own component of the acid mantle very well tolerated. Glycerin acts as a penetration promoter and thus helps moisture to be transported into the skin. Depending on the dosage, glycerin provides intensive moisture without leaving a sticky feeling on the skin. Glycerin soothes irritations, strengthens the skin barrier and protects against external environmental influences.
- Hyaluronic acid Hydrating Serum contains 0.3% low molecular weight hyaluronic acid and 0.25% high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This concentration of active ingredients is ideal for daily use and is sufficiently effective. Too high a concentration can have a counterproductive effect, since hyaluronic acid can bind many times more water to itself and attracts moisture at all costs. If there is too much hyaluronic acid in a care product, there is a risk that the hyaluronic acid molecules will help themselves to the water stores in the skin and not to the water already contained in the product or available in the ambient air.
- Pentylene Glycol: Pentylene glycol is an ingredient with multifunctional properties. In the product and on the skin, it prevents the formation and growth of microbial organisms, such as germs, bacteria and yeasts. It is well-founded as a preservative and at the same time can increase the effectiveness of other active ingredients. As a polyhydric alcohol, Pentylene Glycol can bind water to itself, thus ensuring the transport of moisture into the skin and providing intense moisturization. This is not a classic alcohol molecule, but a bivalent alcohol, also called a diol. Even with high doses of this active ingredient, there is no dehydration of the skin, but a reliable supply of sufficient moisture.
Preparing your skin with a light moisturizing serum will help the ingredients in other products, such as oils and balms, penetrate more easily.
A moisturizing serum provides the key ingredients your skin needs to maintain and support its own functions at the cellular level. However, a water-based serum is not a substitute for other skin care that provides lipids and other substances. Fatty acids are important to lock in the moisture that your serum adds to your skin.
Rich lipids that protect your skin from moisture loss
Pure Organic Oils & Oil Serums
After moisturizing, you can use one of our LIPID GLORY skin care oils apply to provide additional care for the skin.
Choose an oil that is most appropriate for your actual skin type - you know by now that dehydrated skin is just a condition.
A plant-based skincare oil that's right for your skin is an ideal foundation for signs of dehydrated skin, whether for your morning or evening routine. Transepidermal water loss can be regulated by creating a protective and breathable film through the lipids on the skin's surface. Most oils, when used sparingly and combined with moisture, are absorbed relatively quickly. Vegetable oils are rich in nourishing secondary plant substances, antioxidants and vitamins, which protect against the formation of free radicals caused by environmental influences.
Check out our LIPID GLORY Öle an. Each pure organic oil or our oil serums Day & Night Oil, have different care properties and benefits for all skin types.
Balms that nourish and regenerate
Our balms are made of natural ingredients that gently nourish the skin by their composition. Our balms offer great benefits: they nourish, soften and protect the skin from water loss. All ingredients used are from organic farming.
We recommend our Soft balm , to revitalize dry skin. It consists of only 5 compatible and rich ingredients:
- Beeswax : Dermoprotective and natural moisturizer for the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
- Cocoa butter : Regenerates, moisturizes and soothes. Protects against free radicals and is rich in antioxidants.
- Coconut and almond oil: Organically grown plant oils rich in nutrients, moisturizing, regenerating and soothing.
- Vitamin E oil: protects as an antioxidant against free radicals and external environmental influences.
For mild irritations, our gentle balm soothes small wounds or cracks caused by dryness or dehydration.
To deeply nourish dehydrated skin, we also recommend our Glory Balm with ingredients from controlled organic cultivation.
This balm contains cell-regenerating care oils, organic beeswax and softening cocoa butter. It protects the skin from environmental influences and moisture loss.
- Pomegranate seed oil : Skin regenerating vegetable oil, rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. Increases skin elasticity and is rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Wild Rose Oil : Strengthens the skin barrier, stimulates cell regeneration and is very well tolerated. Moisturizes and protects against free radicals.
- Other ingredients: Beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond, argan and macadamia nut oil, vitamin E oil.
Professional advice for extremely dehydrated skin
Before you start a new skincare routine, we recommend you consult with a skin condition specialist, such as a dermatologist.
We believe in holistic skin care for the well-being in your skin and your relationship with it. Taking care of irritated skin and restoring the skin barrier is a process that requires time and patience.
Our goal is to accompany you in this process with products carefully designed for your gentle care. We wish you much well-being and patience in your care.