SKINCARE 101: How to deal with dehydrated skin

Sep 25, 2023

Skincare 101: How to deal with dehydrated skin - Peaches&Creme K-beauty

Imagine this: you have your trusted skincare kit, you’re consistent with your routine, but you notice your skin is looking dull. Well, you may have dehydrated skin and your current skincare may not be what you need to properly deal with it. If it’s your first time with this skin concern or if you’ve long been looking for ways to get you through this, we have the guide for you.

Read on to find out what dehydrated skin is and what you need to do to get back to healthy, soft, and glowing skin.

Dehydrated Skin vs. Dry Skin

People often think that dehydrated and dry skin are the same thing—but they’re not. Knowing the difference is important to help you understand what your skin specifically needs. It will also help you answer a key question: do you lack hydration or moisture?

Dry skin
Dry skin is a skin type where you lack oil, lipids, and the like. This usually manifests with a flaky, dry appearance, redness or irritation, and a higher chance of psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.
As a skin type, dry skin lasts all-year round. Changing climates and environments only serve to worsen your condition—not cause it.
Dehydrated skin
This is a skin concern which means you lack water. Anyone and any skin type can experience dehydration, even oily or combination types. In fact, dehydrated skin is sometimes accompanied by normal to excess oil production.
Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin is not a consistent skin concern. It comes and goes depending on skincare, lifestyle, habits, and climate.

What does dehydrated skin look like?

What dehydrated skin looks like - Peaches&Creme K-beauty Skincare
  • Dull skin
  • Dark under-eye circles
  • Tired-looking eyes
  • Sunken eyes
  • Defined fine lines and wrinkles
  • Premature wrinkles
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Acne and breakouts

Is your skin dehydrated?

Try the Pinch Test

Dehydrated skin pinch test - Peaches&Creme K-beauty Skincare

This is a quick and easy way to check if your skin is dehydrated. While not full-proof, it’s a good place to start. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Gently pinch a small area of your skin. You can do this on your cheek, stomach, chest, or the back of your hand. Hold the pinch for a few seconds.
  2. If your skin bounces back, you’re likely not dehydrated.
  3. If it takes a few moments, you might be dehydrated.

Itchy, itchy.

Itchiness is a common sign of dehydrated skin. Observe how your skin feels and make sure not to give in the temptation to scratch.

What causes dehydrated skin?

Now that we know what dehydrated skin is, how it looks, and how you can identify dehydration, let's get into the possible causes of this skin concern.

  • The sun's UVA rays
  • Hot water, showers, and baths
  • Ageing
  • Air-conditioning and heating
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of water
  • Skincare that's not right for you!

Best skincare ingredients for dehydrated skin

1. Hyaluronic Acid

If you’ve ever gone online or read about K-beauty, then you’ve definitely heard about hyaluronic acid. This star is important to your skin’s ability to retain moisture as it attracts and locks in water. It instantly hydrates skin, and with regular use, you can enjoy longer-term results: plumper skin and less wrinkles.

How it works
Hyaluronic acid is already part of our internal makeup so our body does not need to make too much adjustments when you use it. How is that good for dehydrated skin? Well, hyaluronic acid can go straight to work once it enters the epidermis. From there, it draws moisture from the environment and locks it into your skin.


2. Ceramides

Dehydrated skin may actually be caused by low ceramides so adding them into your skincare routine is the ideal move. Ceramides help retain moisture in your skin and strengthen its protective barrier, shielding your skin from pollutants and irritants.

How it works
Ceramide is a type of lipid that composes the outer skin layer. They help retain moisture, reduce water evaporation, and protect your skin by holding skin cells together and keeping its barrier intact. Seeing as the first stage of dehydration is the loss of ceramides and weakening the protective barrier, adding this ingredient to your skincare routine goes a long way in treating dehydrated skin.

 Skincare ingredients for dehydrated skin - Peaches&Creme K-beauty Skincare 

3. Niacinamide

Here’s another familiar name in K-beauty skincare and one of the best ingredients to help with dehydrated skin. Niacinamide builds proteins, maintains hydration, and defends against stressors. It also helps your body to naturally produce more hyaluronic acid.

How it works
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. It works with the natural ceramides and fatty acids in your skin that, in turn, help maintain your moisture barrier.


4. Shea Butter

This skincare ingredient softens and nourishes skin, locking in moisture for long-lasting hydration and protection.

How it works
Shea butter is a type of fat rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins.


5. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

Being careful with your exfoliation is an important tip when dealing with dehydrated skin. AHA is recommended for you as it removes dead skin cells and help make way for new ones gently. It works wonders in keeping your skin plump, bouncy, and smooth.

How it works
AHA, like niacinamide, promotes the natural production of a key helper in your body: collagen.
6. Fermented Skincare Ingredients

Okay, this sounds intimidating and a lot like making kimchi or kombucha but hear us out. Fermented ingredients are actually great in terms of strengthening your skin barrier, increasing the potency of your skincare (without leading to harshness), and helping them go deep within your skin.

How it works
Fermentation creates probiotics and balancing out yous skin microbiome. Basically, with these good bacteria, your skin's health kicks off and the resulting series of processes draws moisturefor plump, hydrated, and soft skin.
In addition, fermentation helps improve your skincare products' shelf life simply because fermented ingredients are naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
7. Amino Acid and Peptides

These ingredients are great for drawing in moisture, giving your skin that soft and bouncy feel, and fighting off damage. If you want to stave off the dull effects of skin dehydration, then amino acids and peptides are here for you.

How It Works
These ingredients work promote the production of necessary proteins like collage.
8. Glycerin

Like most of the ingredients in this list, Glycerin draws moisture from the environment and hydrates your skin. It even enters your skin barrier and keeps the hydration locked in for several days!

How It Works
Glycerin is a humectant, a substance that draws and attracts water from the surrounding environment into themselves AND helps draw moisture from deeper layers of the skin to the surface. How does that help you? Well, it means glycerin will rehydrate and increase the water levels in your skinーjust what you need with dehydrated skin!
9. Centella Asiatica

If you have acne-prone skin, you may have heard of Centella already. But we're here today to talk about how it helps with dehydrated skin. Centella Asiatica is great at helping your skin barrier retain moisture, dealing with sensitive skin, and reducing redness. It also recommended during seasons when temperatures are unpredictable to help soothe the stress on your skin.

How it Works
Centella Asiatica works this way because of its make. It contains phytochemicals and compounds that help relieve and reduce stress on our cells.


10. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a classic when it comes to skin care. When dealing with dehydrated skin, however, aloe vera provides your skin barrier with its own little moisture reservoir which your skin can access anytime it needs. This is on top of its more prominent skincare benefits like soothing irritated skin.

How it Works
Aloe vera is a natural ingredient that promotes cell regeneration and the strengthening of your skin barrier.

Skincare for dehydrated skin

Skincare for dehydrated skin - Peaches&Creme K-beauty Skincare

1. Wash away dirt and your worries.

If you have dehydrated skin, you shouldn’t worry about double cleansing as this actually works well for your skin concern. You should just be careful to replenish any oils or proteins that your cleansers may have stripped off.

First cleanse
Oil or balm cleansers are good for dehydrated skin as long as they do not contain alcohol or fragrances to avoid irritation.
Second cleanse
This step is especially important for dehydrated skin as cream or foam cleansers help hydrate skin. Reach for cleansers with ceramides or any other ingredients that we mentioned in our list above.


🚨 If your skin feels tight after washing, you may need to change your cleanser. 🚨

    2. Less is more: Exfoliation Edition

      When you have dehydrated skin, exfoliating less gives you more benefits. Too much exfoliation is one cause of dehydrated skin, so cut back to once a week and observe how your skin reacts. In this case, gentle exfoliants like PHA or AHA are going to be your best friends.


      3. Prep your skin with toners

        You can never go wrong with the right toner. This step in your skincare routine gives you a deeper cleanse, restore nutrients that may have been stripped off by cleansing or exfoliating, and helps your skin absorb skincare products better.

          4. Essence – more than just a fancy word.

            It’s easy to confuse essences with toners but those two actually have different uses. Toners help prep your skin for the next steps of your skincare routine while our friend the essence brightens your complexion and boosts hydration—exactly what you need with dehydrated skin.


              5. Plump it up with serums.

                Don’t skip your serum! Some people may think these are non-essential but they come with a slew of skincare benefits especially when you have dehydrated skin. Serums dive deep into your skin, helps it absorb skincare products faster and better, and delivers long-term results.

                Try serums with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to hydrate and protect your skin barrier. 

                6. Moisture is our best friend.

                Moisture and hydration are two different things but using moisturiser when your skin is dehydrated can still help. Moisturiser locks in the hydration and nutrients that you’ve built up during the previous steps of your skincare routine AND helps restore your skin’s barrier. It’s a win-win so go ahead and reach for that bottle!


                🔎 Learn more about hydration vs. moisture and what your skin may need HERE.

                7. Roll out the sheet masks

                Think of sheet masks as your runway to radiant, lively skin. They are well-known and well-loved for being instant pick-me-ups for your complexionperfect for the dullness caused by dehydration.


                8. Use👏🏼sunscreen👏🏼every👏🏼day👏🏼

                  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. SPF is key to keeping your skin glowing and healthy. UVA and UVB rays can cause more problems with your dehydrated skin and exacerbate the already existing ones, especially wrinkles and pigmentation. So always remember, rain or shine and indoors or outdoors—SPF IS A MUST.


                  9. Kiss, kiss, hydrate and love 💋

                    Another sign of dehydration is cracked lips which can be both painful and unpleasant when applying makeup. Give yourself plump, juicy lips with some moisturizing lip balms.


                    More ways to care for dehydrated skin

                    Skincare works wonders in treating and caring for dehydrated skin but it’s always best to support your K-beauty routine with a healthy lifestyle and some added help.

                    • Drink water. Listen, your skin is dehydrated. Proper hydration is always important but with your skin parched this is especially needed.
                    • Eat water-rich foods to boost hydration. Try munching on some:
                      • Watermelons
                      • Strawberries
                      • Cucumbers
                      • Celery
                    • Spray some water mist on your face, especially if you’re out and about on a hot day.
                    • Use a humidifier in your room on in other dry environments where you spend a lot of time in.

                    Tips for dehydrated skin - Peaches&Creme K-beauty Skincare

                    In summary

                    With all that info, we can shorten our recommendations for dealing with dehydrated skin to the following:

                    1. Strengthening your skin barrier is key to keeping your skin healthy.
                    2. Natural and gentle ingredients that provide hydration are your friends.
                    3. HYDRATE. Drink water to support your skincare routine.


                    There you have it, lovelies! Our guide to treating and caring for dehydrated skin. Dealing with any kind of skin concern can be stressful, but remember to be kind to yourself and patient with the process. Your skin will heal with time and the right care. Fighting! 🍑✨

                    Fighting, Peaches! | Peaches&Creme K-beauty Skincare

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