With this record breaking heat that continues to roll across Australia, seeking cover and staying cool have been vitally important in order to stay safe, healthy and enjoy the summer. We know the we must protect our skin from the dangers of the sun. But we also have to remember to protect our skin from dehydration, as well, as it isn’t just a winter problem.
Dealing with dehydrated skin is pretty straight forward once you realize that dehydrated skin and dry skin are two different things. Dry skin is genetic and can be caused by hormonal imbalance among other things. Dehydrated skin comes from a lack of water, a simple issue that can lead to a number of problems. Signs your skin is dehydrated are that it feels tight and itchy, it’s dull in tone and has more noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. Pureman suggests a few ways to combat this dehydration:
Drink More Water
This goes without saying. Your skin is lacking water. So drink more of it! 8-10 glasses a day is the suggested minimum. During the summer we’re fortunate enough to be reminded of this when it’s especially hot out, but dehydration can still occur. So look for the signs!
Check Your Medications
Antihistamines and blood thinners are known to cause dehydration in some. It may be worth going to see your local GP to find out if yours may be affecting you and see what other options may be available to you.
Watch Your Diet
If you’re a coffee fiend or are always up for an end of day bevvy, work on curbing those cravings. Caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics and are dehydration culprits.
Slap on Quality Moisturiser
Be sure to use quality cleansing and moisturising lotions, with antioxidants and natural ingredients such as aloe vera and shea butter. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the skin and can be found in some skincare products to help plump and replenish your skin. Check out Gentleman Brand Co’s Face Serum for daytime use and Brickell’s amazing Repairing Night Serum to help replenish and restore your skin’s moisture while you sleep.