Understanding dehydrated skin

Before we start, let’s put one thing to bed, dehydrated and dry skin aren’t the same things. Commonly confused and used interchangeably the terms really have different meanings. Dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a condition that can affect anyone, regardless of the skin type.


Dehydrated skin occurs when there is a lack of water in the top layer of the skin. If your skin becomes dehydrated you will be able to notice it pretty much straight away as it will appear dull, feel tight & rough and the signs of ageing (such as fine lines) will become more visible.

There are quite a few factors that can decrease skin’s water levels. So let’s have a look at some of them.


UVA in sunlight can really affect our skin (in no sunscreen is present!) It can accelerate the aging process and increase oxidants in the skin. The sun can really dehydrate skin and increase free radicals in the cells, causing damage to the skin. 

Hard & Hot Water

It seems bit strange that by applying water to our skin we may cause dehydration. But yes it’s true! Especially if it is hard water that contains limestone, which removes water from our skin. Hot showers and baths can also make skin more dehydrated. So opt in for warm water and if water in your area is hard go for a shorter soak.


Well this one is pretty much out of our control.  The aging process is known to make our bodies more dehydrated and that includes our skin. Unfortunately as we get older it is more difficult for our skin to retain its moisture levels due to the structural changes and a slow-down of cell turnover.

Air Conditioning

While air con makes indoor temperatures more comfortable for us during hot months, it’s a different story when it comes to our skin. It causes the skin to loose moisture, dries it out and makes it itchy and flaky. You can really see the effects of that after being on the flight!

Wrong Skincare

One fits all approach is never going to pay off when it comes to skincare. And if you are using products that are not right for your skin’s needs it may contribute to dehydration concerns, as your skin might not be getting sufficient moisture.

So how do we keep our skin hydrated & happy at all times?

Drinking plenty of water is really helpful but unfortunately not enough. Most of all we need to find a way to keep all that water in the skin, moisturisers and serums will certainly help with that. If you find yourself in the conditions that may affect your skin make sure you are aiding your skin with constant supply of top quality products. We can’t escape the factors that may dehydrate our skin but we can surely minimise their effect.

Karolina Scott