Have you ever been in THIS situation... you think you know your skin-type and them BAM out of the blue, there is a change! Well, that might actually be a symptom and NOT a change in skin type. It's easy to think we suddenly have dry skin (when it always used to be oily..) but you could actually just have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin has a CAUSE, and that is something that you can TREAT, that means it's easy to wave goodbye and help to 'dry patch' free skin again, here is how ---> http://wp.me/p6LuQS-rU

The Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin… & What To Do About It

In Care For Irritated Skin, Dry Skin Skincare by Cheryl Woodman MChemLeave a Comment

Imagine this, your skin has always been oily/combination, ever since you visited those ‘teenage’ years, oily skin is just part of who you are. [& Hallelujah to that – your skin will age awesomely!], then ‘one fine morning’ you’re going about your business in that ‘sleep walking’ just got outta bed state. You glance up at the bathroom mirror and see a patch of ‘dry’ skin. huh?!?! Dry skin?

Does that mean your skin-type has changed? No. Does that mean you have ‘dry’ skin? No. Does it mean you should switch to skincare made for ‘dry’ skin types? No. Dry patches can happen to any skin type, [kinda like spots], dry patches, signal that you have ‘dehydrated skin’… here is all you need to know about what your skin is telling you AND what to do about it…

Have you ever been in THIS situation... you think you know your skin-type and them BAM out of the blue, there is a change! Well, that might actually be a symptom and NOT a change in skin type. It's easy to think we suddenly have dry skin (when it always used to be oily..) but you could actually just have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin has a CAUSE, and that is something that you can TREAT, that means it's easy to wave goodbye and be 'dry patch' free again, here is how ---> http://wp.me/p6LuQS-rU

What The Heck Is Dehydrated Skin?

Oily and Combination skin types tend to be the MOST spot prone, but that doesn’t mean normal and dry skin can’t be pounced by some bad-boy spots. It just means it is LESS likely. This is the absolute same for skin dryness. Oily and combination skin types tend to suffer from acne because that ‘oily’ skin has a LOT of sebum, and that is ‘fodder’ to acne causing bacteria. Normal to dry skin types don’t have as much food for acne causing bacteria, that means they might get the odd spot or 2, but acne is a tiny, tiny, possibility.

Oily skin types are prone to ‘acne’, normal to dry skin types can suffer from the odd ‘breakout’ or 2…

Have you ever been in THIS situation... you think you know your skin-type and them BAM out of the blue, there is a change! Well, that might actually be a symptom and NOT a change in skin type. It's easy to think we suddenly have dry skin (when it always used to be oily..) but you could actually just have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin has a CAUSE, and that is something that you can TREAT, that means it's easy to wave goodbye and help to 'dry patch' free skin again, here is how ---> http://wp.me/p6LuQS-rU

Dry skin is prone to dryness because it ‘lacks’ in that protective oily sebum layer, but any skin type can suffer from skin ‘dryness’ and that is what we call ‘dehydrated skin’. Dehydrated skin is a ‘temporary state’ that isn’t caused by your ‘natural’ skin type. Dehydrated skin is triggered by something in your life.

Dry skin types are prone to ‘dryness’, any other skin type can suffer from the odd ‘dry patch’ or 2…

Have you ever been in THIS situation... you think you know your skin-type and them BAM out of the blue, there is a change! Well, that might actually be a symptom and NOT a change in skin type. It's easy to think we suddenly have dry skin (when it always used to be oily..) but you could actually just have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin has a CAUSE, and that is something that you can TREAT, that means it's easy to wave goodbye and help to 'dry patch' free skin again, here is how ---> http://wp.me/p6LuQS-rU

So how do we get ‘dehydrated skin’ back to not being dehydrated? Give it some chocolate to make it all better again? * wink wink* I got your back lovely, here come the reasons for dehydrated skin and the solution to disappear dehydrated skin. Let’s wave our magic-wands…

The 7 Reasons For Your Dehydrated Skin

When you have temporarily ‘dehydrated skin’, there is a cause, something has happened while you sent the skincare baby-sitters away. This is awesome because it means all we have to do is identitfy and (destroy?!) TREAT! Here come THE 7 most common triggers of dehydrated skin, which will be yours?

1 | SKINCARE HIGH IN ALCOHOL

Have you been using any? Normal, combination and oily skin types tend to be RESISTANT to dehydrated skin, they have a kick-ass defence system that we christened our ‘sebum layer’. Alcohol is like ‘stranger danger’ with a sweetie box to your sebum layer. When our sebum layer gets distracted, our skin struggles to hold onto its hydration and that means, you guessed it!… dehydrated skin.

Alcohol high skincare offenders are MOST commonly ‘represented’ by skincare ‘Toners’, but you can also find this bad boy in your serums and moisturisers. If you see Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropyl alcohol, Alcohol Denat or SD alcohol, high up on the skincare ingredient list, this is one skincare product to DITCH.

Your dehydrated skin triggers? Drying alcohol in your skincare.

2 | YOUR SKIN pH HAS CHANGED

Skin is naturally acidic, dry and dehydrated skin is NOT. Infact when you suffer from dehydrated skin, your pH is more like water, which sounds good ‘eh, water, that stuff is harmless right? [It’s always the quiet ones *wink wink*] Here is the thing, water can ‘drown’ you and it is your sebum layer that stops it. Water can gradually change your skins pH, when your skins pH is more like water, it is like a factory working without electricity. Who turned the lights out? A ‘water-like’ skin pH means dehydrated skin.

Have you ever been in THIS situation... you think you know your skin-type and them BAM out of the blue, there is a change! Well, that might actually be a symptom and NOT a change in skin type. It's easy to think we suddenly have dry skin (when it always used to be oily..) but you could actually just have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin has a CAUSE, and that is something that you can TREAT, that means it's easy to wave goodbye and help to 'dry patch' free skin again, here is how ---> http://wp.me/p6LuQS-rU

Your dehydrated skin triggers? Too much water and skincare products that are NOT pH balanced (between 4.2 to 5.5 – your skin’s natural pH range).

3 | ALLERGIC SKIN REACTION

[likely if your skin type is sensitive!]

Your skin can’t talk, but it can ‘act’. Skin fancies itself as the new ‘drama queen’ about town, so when there is something it is NOT happy about, it gives you ‘symptoms’, one of them is dehydrated skin. Usually there is some irritation and redness in there too…

You might be surprised to know there are ‘allergens’ in a LOT of skincare, you can be OK for ageesssss, then WHAM, BAM, skin’s not ok anymore.

Your dehydrated skin triggers? Allergens in your skincare (or washing powder…)

MORE: ‘How to choose allergen FREE skincare’

4 | THE WEATHER

That pesky stuff that if you are in the UK (like me), is MEGA hard to predict. ‘Patchy cloud with sunny-spells and the odd shower, today we could break word records for the HOTTEST day in May, or we could just have rain’! The weather effects a ton of things, sunshine hours, to air humidity, to if we bust out the AC, or turn up the heating.

All of that effects whether hydration is pulled outta your skin and into the air, or if the air humidity actually HELPS to keep your skin hydrated.

Your dehydrated skin triggers? Air conditioning, Dry heat, Dry winter air, Central heating…

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5 | YOUR DIET

Everything we eat is carefully chosen (by us! or our eyes!)  fuel for our bodies. That fuel keeps us working and it keeps our skin ‘healthy’ and hopefully ‘glowy’. If our heart starts to RULE our diets (mmmm chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate!) then our skin can become dehydrated skin.

Have you ever been in THIS situation... you think you know your skin-type and them BAM out of the blue, there is a change! Well, that might actually be a symptom and NOT a change in skin type. It's easy to think we suddenly have dry skin (when it always used to be oily..) but you could actually just have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin has a CAUSE, and that is something that you can TREAT, that means it's easy to wave goodbye and help to 'dry patch' free skin again, here is how ---> http://wp.me/p6LuQS-rU

Skin needs ‘happy fats’ like Omega 3 and 6’s also called Linoleic acid and gamma-Linoleic acid. These are essential for our skin factory to make stuff that it cannot make if we didn’t feed it properly. That’s why Omega 3 and 6’s are nicknamed ‘essential’.

Your dehydrated skin triggers? Fat-free diet, diet low in nuts and fish, diet low in plant oils.

MORE: ‘How to eat your way to super radiant glowy skin’

6 | SKIN INFECTION

Your dehydrated skin might be telling you, you have an unexpected ‘dinner-guest’. Dry skin patches could be telling you there is a bacteria or fungus that is getting pretty comfy on your skin. Like the acne bacteria (p.acnes) which eats sebum and then ‘poops’ out enzymes that cause damage and create inflammation, other bacteria and fungus can cause ‘dry ‘n rough’ skin patches that you see as dehydrated skin.

Try an anti-fungal cream like one you’d get to treat ‘thrush’ (containing Clotrimazole) or an antiseptic cream, like Savlon. If it’s not going away, absolutely see a doctor.

Your dehydrated skin triggers? Invading bacteria and fungus.

7 | TOO MUCH WASHING

Washing a LOT is a MAJOR cause of dehydrated skin. Shower gel, face wash and a TONNE of cleansers contain chemicals that eat away at your skin’s natural barrier. That natural barrier is your skin’s raincoat and when it gets damaged, water gets lost and dehydrated skin happens.

Try switching out your usual cleanser for a cleansing balm. Save the ‘deep clean’ for once a week AND be mega-conscious how much shower gel you are using. Hey, even try switching out shower gel for something less aggressive and more skin loving (shower creams and lotion bars are great choices).

MORE: ‘How to cleanse without STRIPPING your face’

MORE: ‘Why you should use the tiniest amount of shower gel EVER’ (including recommended shower gel alternatives)

When do you suffer from dehydrated skin? Is it always in the same place?