Top products to increase skin's water content

Dehydrated skin is one of the biggest and most commonly misdiagnosed concerns for ALL skin types.

Most people think that the skin needs to be dry to be dehydrated, but this is not the case. In fact, any skin type can suffer from dehydration as the condition is caused by too much water escaping from the skin quicker than it can be replenished, while dry skin is caused by a lack of oil. That means even oily and acne-prone skins can be classed as dehydrated.

Dehydration is often confused with dryness as the behaviour and appearance of the skin is often very similar. Dehydrated skin tends to feel tight, rough and sensitive, and can look dull, flat and a little grey in tone. You may also notice that your skin drinks up any serum or moisturiser applied to it very quickly, as it is desperate to quench its thirst. Dehydration can also cause beauty products like foundation and concealer to apply poorly and, in extreme cases, very dehydrated skin will try to absorb the water in a liquid foundation, leading to patchy and uneven coverage as the day wears on.

The reason why the skin becomes dehydrated can vary from face to face, but the most common causes are cold weather, stress, using skin care that is too strong or inappropriate for your skin type, and not drinking enough water. But there are solutions to this problem.

Using skin care designed to increase the water content of the skin is a great place to start, as is using repairing creams and serums which restore the lipid barrier and help to prevent moisture loss. Look for products that contain ingredients like Ceramides, Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid for the best results, and remember to drink as much water as possible, as the skin is the last organ to receive hydration from your daily water intake.

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