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Dehydrated skin

Dehydrated skin is not a skin type as much as it is a condition of the skin. The dehydrated skin typically appears lacklustre, dull, tired and when pulled tautly, it almost seems to wrinkle a bit. Dehydrated skin doesn't bounce back easily and is more prone to congestion (bumps, blackheads) and acne.

  • Signs
  • Causes
  • Treatment

The following are the signs that your skin is dehydrated:

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming.
  • Skin that feels and looks rough.
  • Itching (pruritus) which can even become painful.
  • Fine lines or cracks.
  • Grey and ashy looking skin.
  • Skin is sensitive and shows signs of redness.
  • Deep cracks that may bleed.

There are several factors that can contribute to dehydrated skin:

  • Weather: A common misconception is that wind, rain and cold are the major causes of dehydrated skin when it comes to weather, but in fact, sun exposure is the one to watch.
  • Air conditioning and central heating: Air conditioning and central heating can affect the skin’s hydration levels.
  • Hard water and steamy showers: Hard water contains limestone, which can remove water from the skin. This is especially an issue in London where there is a lot of hard water.
  • Wrong skincare products: If you are using products that are too harsh (such as soap or alcohol containing toners) or using products incorrectly, your skincare could be contributing to your dehydrated skin concerns.
  • Ageing: As your skin gets older, you may find it more difficult to keep its moisture levels high.

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, so it is very important to keep your skin hydrated. The first thing to consider, and the most obvious, is moisture content. Do you drink adequate amounts of water a day? This means drinking 4-6 glasses a day. Another facet of moisture content is your skin health which determines the skin's ability to retain and hold moisture. We tailor our treatments to improve your skin health to achieve long-lasting hydration. 


Recommended Treatments: Essential Facial, DMK Skin Nutrition Facial, DMK Enzyme Therapy