Your skin suddenly feels tight and dry all the time and no amount of moisturizing seems to help.
A layer of oil starts to form on your make-up just 3 hours after application and make-up oxidizes, leaving you looking greasy and dull.
You run your hands across your face and skin feels rough.
Closed comedones or whiteheads start to make their appearances on your jawline and cheeks.
What exactly is happening?!
This scenario is more common than most people think.
Dehydration happens with age. After the age of 30, the collagen and hyaluronic acid our body used to be so good at making, start decreasing significantly. With this production slow-down, our skin is affected. We start seeing the onset of fine lines, sagginess and dehydration.
Since our skin is not able to retain as much moisture as it used to, we start feeling tight and uncomfortable. Our body instinctively goes into over-drive, producing more sebum to make up for the lack of moisture. The excess sebum mixed with sweat and dirt clogs up pores which leads to clogs, blackheads and acne.
We start getting anxious and blot more often. Some will resort to using oil-control products. We start picking and extracting our skin more, leaving red marks that take a while to disappear. And we start applying an extra layer of makeup in the hope of covering our flaws.
This is an extremely vicious cycle and also a very destructive one.
You see, basically dehydration causes our skin cells to shrink to the point they become so thick and hard that nothing can penetrate it. Think the heel of our feet.
So how do we solve this issue?
First, hold back the picking and extracting, and go light on the make up. It is difficult but this will be the first step of the healing process. We want our skin to start fighting back and clear itself and we need to give it a little help.
Second, we figure a way to soften and remove that thickened layer so that we can peel all the flaws off away with it.
Third, we introduce moisture back, as it is the building-block of beautiful skin.
Simple! So how?
Check that your cleanser is not overly-stripping. If you have ascertained that it is not the cleanser, we can proceed to the next step. Otherwise, you might want to check this non-drying cleanser out.
The trick is to put these on layer by layer until your skin feels moisturized and elastic, then seal it off with a light water-based moisturizer. People with very oily skin may choose to skip the moisturizer if you find these layers sufficient.
For a start, it is not uncommon to apply as many as 10 layers, for your skin to quench its thirst. As days goes by, you will find this number decreasing.
For the first month, it is also recommended that a sheet mask be applied daily. If this requires too much time, I recommend the 3-minute cotton pad mask. Wet cotton pads with water and squeeze dry leaving it still damp. Pour a few drops of essence on the cotton pieces, stretch them and place on the whole face for 3 minutes daily.
Doing the above infuses the skin with moisture.
Over the course of 2-3 weeks, your dehydrated skin will start shedding the rough and dried up outer layer. They may be gently sloughed off during washing or they may come off in big flakes/pieces. When this happens, Congratulations!!
Your new skin will now be truly ready to receive all the moisture from your products. So please be consistent and keep up with at least 2-3 layers of the 'skin liquid diet' daily. It will continue to help keep your skin moist and healthy.
Other than maintaining good skincare habits, dehydrated skin can also reap great benefits from oral supplements like collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Try these tips and tell us what you think. :)