Don't be fooled ladies, there is a big difference between having Dry Skin and having Dehydrated Skin!
Dry skin is a skin type that you are often born with. It can be a part of your genetics or it can simply be a side effect of a low rate of production of natural oils. Your hormones can also contribute to skin conditions, because you obviously don't have enough on your plate when dealing with a hormone imbalance! Dry skin isn't necessarily something that you can correct on your own.
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that can be caused by external factors or a lack of care on your part. This skin condition is pretty uncomfortable, so it's important to try your best to look after your skin, just as you would your insides! Harsh weather conditions, poor diet, lack of water intake, and alcohol and caffeine consumption can all cause skin dehydration. Because these causes are (somewhat) controllable, there are ways of telling whether or not your skin is dehydrated.
When you start to feel itchy, there's a good chance your skin is already dehydrated. Itching is pretty common after a day at the beach, heavy exercise, and even during cold days throughout the winter months. Moisturisers, facial oils, and serums can help with soothing irritation, which is what will be causing you to scratch or feel tingly!
Flakey skin is an obvious one! But PELVI wanted to mention it anyway!
Your skin is likely to have been dehydrated for a while if your skin is flakey and almost peeling. You might notice that any pimples you have will quickly form a hard or crusty exterior too. Pimples are bad enough without adding dehydrated skin to the party.
Dark circles under the eyes? Red patches? Increased sensitivity to the sun?
Yep, even more signs of complexion dehydration. Your skin is basically screaming for moisture. If you are noticing any of these telltale signs, or you just want to try and prevent them, be selective with the kinds of products you use. PELVI have said it before, but we will say it again: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
Stay Hydrated Ladies, your skin will love you for it.