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April 15, 2014

Dehydrated skin: Is your skin getting enough water?

Did you know that skin is 70 percent water? Yet anyone, regardless of age or skin type (oily, combination or dry), can have dehydrated skin. The good news is that this problem is temporary. With a few prevention measures and the right moisturizing products, your skin can regain its natural glow.

Causes

Many factors can lead to dehydrated skin, including:

  • An insufficient intake of water
  • A severe diarrhea
  • Intense exercising
  • Sun and wind
  • Pollution
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress 
  • Certain medications

Symptoms

Dehydrated skin loses some of its protection. Neglecting the issue or adopting a poorly suited skin care regimen can result in a series of problems, such as:

  • Dryness (superficial lines)
  • Lack of elasticity and radiance
  • Skin discomfort
  • Itchiness, tightness.

Solutions

Here are some of the ways to prevent or limit the problem of skin dehydration:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit your caffeine intake (coffee, tea, soft drinks)
  • Use sun protection
  • Get enough sleep
  • Manage your stress level

In addition, you will need to apply a generous quantity of moisturizer to your whole body or the dehydrated parts. Use a cream composed of ingredients that will help your epidermis regain its optimal level of moisture. These include:

You can also look for creams made with fatty ingredients, such as:

Moisturizers with antioxidant (e.g. vitamins A and E) are also recognized for their rehydrating properties.

Pharmacy services

If you have any questions regarding skin care, consult our dermo-cosmetic consultants! They can help you select the products that suit you best.