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How to Properly Manage Dehydrated Skin

How to Properly Manage Dehydrated Skin

If your skin has been feeling drier lately, you’re likely suffering from dehydrated skin. Just like our bodies, our skin naturally loses water every day – and if it loses more than it receives, it can quickly become thirsty and dehydratedRead on to discover the skin signs of dehydration and learn how to hydrate skin.  

Dehydrated vs dry skin: what’s the difference? 

Dehydrated skin can easily be mistaken for dry skin, as they have similar characteristics. However, the two are very different: 

  • Dry skin is a skin type that naturally produces fewer oils, leaving skin feeling rough and tight. It’s typically genetic and can be managed. 
  • Dehydrated skin is a situation where the skin is lacking in water. It’s often triggered by external factors or lifestyle. All skin types can struggle with dehydration. 

What does dehydrated skin look like? 

The skin signs of dehydration include: 

  • Increased sensitivity 
  • Dry skin that feels tight (particularly around the nose, chin and eyebrows) 
  • Wrinkles, uneven skin tone and discoloration

What causes dehydrated skin? 

Not drinking enough water is a common cause of dehydrated skinHowever, external factors including air conditioning, sun exposure, and spending too long in a hot shower can also leave skin feeling tight and dehydrated.  

How to hydrate skin 8 ways

1. Add hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine 

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful skincare ingredient capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. It not only prevents moisture loss but absorbs moisture from its surroundings and works to drive that moisture into skin to lock in hydration. Applied topically, it helps to maintain the skin’s hydrated, plump and youthful appearance.  

No7 HydraLuminous Water Concentrate is powered by pure hyaluronic acid and our HydraDrench Complex to refresh the skin, providing an instant burst of moisture and long-lasting hydration. 

2. Avoid harsh cleansers 

Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its essential oils, leaving it feeling tight and dehydrated. Instead, opt for a hydrating face wash that protects the skin’s natural, healthy balance.  

No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Melting Gel Cleanser is specifically formulated to help skin retain moisture. Formulated with No7’s Tri-Vit Complex and grapeseed oil, it dissolves makeup, impurities and pollutants and leaves skin feeling clean, hydrated and revitalized. 

3. Use a hydrating face cream 

The best moisturizers for dehydrated skin are water-based, lightweight and easily absorbed 

No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel has a cool and refreshing formula powered by naturally derived plant hydrators that instantly absorbs into the skin, delivering an immediate burst of moisture and up to 72 hours of hydration. 

4. Protect skin from UV rays  

Sun-exposed skin can gradually lose moisture and essential oils, making it appear dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled. Applying an SPF moisturizer will help to protect the skin from UV rays and minimize moisture loss.  

No7 Protect & Perfect, Lift & Luminate, and Restore & Renew face creams are all formulated with SPF 30 to offer broad spectrum sun protection and help maintain skin’s moisture levels.  

5. Apply a weekly face mask 

Complementary to your daily skincare routine, face masks can provide a highly concentrated dose of the key ingredients needed to address dehydration 

No7 Instant Results Hydration Mask, for example, is formulated with nourishing cocoa seed butter to provide an intense moisture boost, helping to hydrate the skinApply onto a clean face and leave for 3 to 10 minutes for plump and healthy-looking appearance 

6. Drink plenty of water 

Water helps to keep the body healthy and hydrated, but skin is the last organ to receive this hydration. Drink too little and skin is left thirsty and dehydrated. It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.  

7. Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake 

Alcohol and caffeine can reduce the skin’s water content, causing tightness and dehydration. Limiting yourself to two cups of coffee and one glass of wine a day can minimize the impact on the skin.  

8. Avoid steaming hot showers 

Hot water can strip the skin of its protective oils, leaving it dry and not feeling its best. Keeping showers and bathwater warm (instead of steaming) can help maintain healthy looking skin.  

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No7 Beauty

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