Dehydrated skin is a very common skin condition you will surely encounter from time to time, whatever your natural skin type is. UV rays, pollution and temperature changes are obviously to blame, especially if you live in a big city, but another important influence is your lifestyle: your daily water intake and diet, as well as your home and work environments, play important roles in the health of your skin.

The Dehydrated Skin Condition

“Dehydrated skin”, which is a skin concern, is often confused with “dry skin”, which is a skin type . Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin produces little to no natural oil but still feels tight, dry and flaky. Dry skin, on the other hand, has almost no oil present, no matter the season, the climate or the lifestyle.

The Signs of Dehydration

Not sure if your skin is sufficiently hydrated? Dehydrated facial skin has a dull, flat look; an itchy feel, irregularities, fine lines and dry, flaky patches are also signs to look for. The “pinch test ” is also a good way to see if your level of hydration is high enough: pinch some skin on the back of your hand, hold a few seconds, then release. Hydrated skin will “bounce back” to its natural shape instantly; if your skin stays in place, it’s time to take action and give it a boost of hydration!

The Solutions for Dehydrated Skin

The first and very obvious way to combat dehydrated skin is to have your daily 8 glasses of water a day; an easy way to reach that goal is to carry a water bottle with you to help you pay attention to your intake. Not a fan of plain water? Infuse your water with lemon, cucumber or mint to give it a twist! Your diet is also crucial: food containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids like salmon, avocados, eggs, squash and red beans, as well as colourful fruits and vegetables, will nourish your skin and give it a boost of vitamins.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will make all the difference when it comes to your skin’s health. Rethink that second or third coffee in the morning, and slow down on the cocktails at happy hour. You should also make sure to get enough Z’s: they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing! Is your office or home centrally heated and dehumidified? Make sure you take some time to go outside for some fresh air, or invest in a humidifier.

Need a little more help to hydrate your skin? The Garnier Moisture Bomb line of super hydrating face moisturizers and sheet masks pairs deeply penetrating dehydrated skin treatment with powerful antioxidants derived from pomegranate and goji berry. Combined with a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, this powerful combination will help you say goodbye to dehydrated skin for good!

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