A parched skin that won’t regain its natural glow despite your best efforts is likely dehydrated. Chronically moisture-deprived skin looks dull and flaky and feels tight and sometimes itchy. Hopefully, a good moisturizer should help fix dehydrated skin literally overnight, but the fix is often only temporary. To get rid of the problem for good, you need to get to the root cause and make the necessary amendments.
Before we show you some of the most effective natural methods to get your skin’s long-lost glow back, we’ll list the top causes of skin dehydration. Bear in mind that dehydrated skin and dry skin are not always one and the same. An oily skin may be dehydrated too, which is temporary, while dry skin is usually caused by genetics and it is permanent.
What Causes Skin to Dry Out?
There are many factors that might dehydrate skin, many of which might come as a surprise. As a general rule, everything that causes water loss and strips the top layer of the skin from its natural oils dries out the skin. Here are the most common causes of skin dehydration:
A combo of cool air, low humidity and dry air: These three factors can be achieved in any home or office where an AC unit is functioning. Also, in winter, the three factors are in high gear, which often leads to dry and tightened skin.
Hot water: Drinking water is good for the insides, but prolonged exposure to it especially if it is too hot, can dry out your skin. Exceedingly hot water in the shower will trip away the layer of sebum that protects your skin and locks moisture in. It is recommended to limit time in the shower or bath if you enjoy hot water to 5 to 10 minutes and never get your face wet while showering.
Hard water: Another common factor that dries out skin is hard water. If the water in your area is packed with calcium and other minerals that make it extremely hard, use filters to remove most of the hardness. A shower filter is great too.
Chlorine: Heavily chlorinated water will dry out your skin and worsen some skin conditions such as eczema. Municipal water contains the chemical, but swimming pools have an excess of it. Chlorine is extremely drying for your locks too.
Coffee, some teas, energy drinks, and alcohol: The caffeine in coffee, energy drinks, and some teas will flush water out of your body because of its diuretic effect. The water will be drawn from both your body and skin, so try to limit the consumption of these drinks. Excess alcohol may also turn your beloved complexion into a parchment overnight. So, drink in moderation.
Soap/ Harsh cleansers: Soap dries out skin like there’s no tomorrow due to the harsh sodium or potassium salts in it that strip away your skin of its natural, oily defense. Soap’s effectiveness at cleaning is good for your hands but not for your face and body. So, replace it with a gentle soap-free cleanser for your face. Some skincare experts even recommend not washing your face in the morning either. Also, if you are using a cleanser make sure that it is an alcohol-free one.
Skin conditions: Your skin might be excessively dry because of some medical conditions. Eczema and psoriasis are at the top of the list of skin conditions that might negatively affect your skin’s hydration levels. If you suspect you might be affected by them, go and see a dermatologist. A professional can help you out with a dry skin when everything else fails.
Signs Your Skin May Be Dehydrated
Look for the tell-tale signs of chronic skin dehydration such as:
- Cracks on the skin or lips
- Persistent feeling of tightness
- Itching and redness
- Loss of skin firmness and radiance
One surefire way to tell whether your skin is dehydrated is to gently pinch and lift it and let the skin spring back to its original shape. If it doesn’t regain its normal shape within three seconds, you are likely dehydrated.
5 All-Natural Ways to Boost Skin Hydration1. Coconut Oil. After a shower, you can give your skin’s hydration levels a big boost in an all-natural way with coconut oil. You can use solid coconut oil as when you rub it onto your skin it becomes liquid and it is cheaper than the liquid version.
Coconut oil is a superfood for a good reason as it is packed with healthy saturated fats which enable your skin to lock in moisture. You can use coconut oil on your hands after every wash as soap can be extremely drying. Also, if your heels are chapped, you can give them a gentle coconut oil massage and put on a pair of thick socks for an almost immediate fix.
2. Exfoliation. Applying some of the most expensive moisturizers and hydrators can be all for naught if you don’t exfoliate first. Without exfoliation, the cream cannot be absorbed by the skin because of the dead cells blocking its path. A gentle natural exfoliating scrub that also moisturizes the skin is a mix of 2 tbsp of olive oil and half a cup brown sugar. Gently rub the mix onto your skin and wash it off with lukewarm water. You can use a good moisturizer next.
3. Moisturize the right way. A huge hydration boost can be achieved only if you know how to apply moisturizers. It is best to moisturize your skin immediately after a shower or after a wash. Leave some water on the skin for the moisturizing agents to lock it in into your pores.
Skincare experts recommend using a hydrator first, i.e. an ingredient that adds or attracts moisture to the skin such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, or glycerin, and an oil that traps moisture into skin next. If the oil is naturally enriched with revitalizing moisturizing agents like vitamin E, the hydrating effect will be twofold.
Our best-selling Kino CBD Kukui Oil is naturally packed with vitamins A, E, and C, and antioxidants, which make it ideal for deep skin hydration and rejuvenation. Just apply it to your skin with our without a hydrator right after the shower or your cleansing routine.
4. Use a humidifier. If you live in a dry area, a humidifier is a great investment for your skin. You can set it for one to six hours depending on how dry the air in your home is. You’ll notice an improvement in your skin’s hydration overnight. If you are not ready to invest in a humidifier put a bowl of water near a stove or other source of heat. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
5. Olive oil and honey mask. This is a classic, but a very effective one at boosting a flaky skin’s moisture levels. Mix two tbsp of honey (Manuka honey is highly recommended if you have an acne-prone skin) with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Add some lemon juice to boost brightness. Microwave the mask until it is warm and gently apply it to your face or any dry areas. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off.
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