Causes and treatments for dull or dehydrated skin

Dull or dehydrated skin

What is dull and dehydrated skin?

Dull and dehydrated skin describes the appearance of skin that has lost or is starting to lose its natural radiance. Many people who suffer from dull and dehydrated skin find that their skin often becomes itchy and their complexion may appear uneven. It is common that some visible signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles, may also become more apparent.

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What causes dull and dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin is often confused with dry skin, however, they are two entirely different issues. Dehydrated skin describes a skin condition where your skin lacks the quantity of water or nutrients that it needs to remain healthy. Dry skin, on the other hand, describes a skin type, one which is usually characterised by the lack of natural oil (sebum) present in the skin.

Appearance Based Medicine - How can dehydrated skin be treated
Appearance Based Medicine - Dull or dehydrated skin

To add to this, as your body ages it struggles to shed the sticky dead skin cells that sit on the surface layer of your skin, something it would have done much easier in the past. This change is something that contributes to the dull appearance of aged skin.

Although dehydrated skin can be triggered by numerous factors, the biggest contributor is arguably the environment in which you live. The sun can play a huge role in damaging your skin, drawing water out of it and exposing it to harmful UV rays. However, the sun isn’t the only culprit – during the colder months, a combination of dry air and cold, harsh winds can drain the water from your skin, leaving it dry and flaky.

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Appearance Based Medicine - cause of dehydrated skin

The elements aren’t the only cause of dehydrated skin and it is also important that you pay attention to your diet and the products that you choose to treat your skin with. An unhealthy diet or a skincare product full of chemicals can play a big part when it comes to your dehydrated skin.

How can dehydrated skin be treated?

As mentioned above, dehydrated skin can often be treated by making certain adjustments to your lifestyle and diet. Sometimes, simply adjusting your diet to include more water-rich food options, like watermelon and cucumber, can help your skin stay hydrated. When it comes to skincare products, you should try and opt for those with natural ingredients, as harsh chemicals can strip your skin of its natural oils, allowing more water to escape which contributes to dehydrated skin.

When lifestyle adjustments just don’t cut it, then it is time to turn to the many treatments that are available to you. At Appearance Based Medicine, we offer various prescription-grade skincare products, such as retinoic acid which can help your body shed those pesky dead skin cells mentioned above. Our range of Skin Peels can also help remove the top, dead layers of your skin to reveal the beautiful, bright and radiant skin underneath. We also offer Profhilo®  treatment which can stimulate the production of collagen and help you achieve more healthy and hydrated skin.

We wish we could say that hydrating and rejuvenating your skin was as easy as drinking more water, however, there are many different factors you need to consider. If you suffer from dehydrated skin, we would recommend you visit a skincare specialist, such as our very own Clare McLoughlin. She will be able to advise you on the best lifestyle adjustments to make and products to use, and if necessary, will recommend the most suitable form of treatment.

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