When the skin is dehydrated it lacks water. It is a temporary condition that can affect all skin types. It leads to tightness, the skin can become rough and flaky. Discover some advice from a dermatologist on how to help with dehydrated skin.
Is the environment responsible for the skin’s dehydration?
The level of humidity in the external environment, low temperatures in winter, the wind, high temperatures, the sun, UV rays and excessive heating ...
are all factors that encourage the evaporation of water leading to dehydrated skin. I explain this to my patients so they can act on these factors, at least in their own homes.
Are there any other factors involved?
Prolonged or repeated contact with water due to an excessive cleansing routine can lead to very long-term dehydration.
Using very basic soaps and abrasives on the skin like pumice stones or horse hair gloves can also be a cause.
What would you recommend to help?
Three types of ingredients should be combined in skincare and cleansing products.
I would prescribe humectant products that fix water within the skin’s corneocytes. But also hydrophilic products, that form gels in contact with water, or hydrophobic products, to create an air- and water-tight film at the surface of the skin, limiting water evaporation.