Dehydrated skin is different from dry skin. Dry skin is skin that lacks enough oil. Dehydrated skin is skin that does not have enough moisture. Both conditions can be a temporary condition or a lifelong concern and both can result in the same symptoms that vary from mild to severe: irritation, itchiness, sensitivity, tightness, roughness, flaking, fine lines, and redness. Even oily skin can experience dehydration.
There are three main reasons dehydration develops: aging, environmental elements, and lifestyle. If dehydration occurs naturally over time, it could be genetics and a normal part of the aging process. Outside factors such as prolonged exposure to the elements can sap the skin of much-needed moisture and result in dehydrated, thirsty skin. Some of your lifestyle choices can be depleting your skin of moisture as well. Fat-free diets, alcohol, and certain medications can all leave skin dehydrated.
Typically, dehydrated skin isn't a medical concern, but it does carry with it some uncomfortable side effects. Skin sensitivity is one of the main problems associated with dehydrated skin. In addition, redness and flaking present themselves and can lead to self-consciousness. Whatever the cause, it's best to treat dehydrated skin as soon as possible to avoid a worsening of symptoms that can leave skin looking older than it actually is.
One of the first signs of dehydrated skin is the development of fine lines, especially on the forehead and around the eyes and cheekbones. The skin may feel tight and itchy. In more severe cases, the skin may look red and irritated and have a dull appearance. Dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and radiance.
The good news is, if you suffer from dehydrated skin, you don't have to continue. Dehydrated skin responds well to proper treatment, and even if you're a lifelong sufferer, regular care with the right products can really make a difference. Before you head out to spend time in the sun this summer, make sure your skin is protected with proper sunscreen, and a specialized hydrating product like MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel. Remember, hydrated skin is younger looking, more radiant skin.