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Dehydrated Skin: Everything You Need To Know

Dehydrated skin is a common skin condition of all skin types. Your face may be oily (have a high sebum level) but still, feel dehydrated (low water content). If you are someone going through dry, dehydrated, dull-looking skin, this article is just for you! 


The most confusing part of treating your dehydrated skin is identifying that you have dehydrated skin. Most people confuse dehydration with dryness and apply all kinds of products to treat dryness. So, let's try to understand dehydrated skin better so you can buy products that are suitable to cure it. 

What Is Dehydrated Skin?

Dehydrated skin is common in people drinking less water. It makes your skin lack the necessary moisture required to keep it hydrated. This in turn results in your skin appear dry, flaky, and patchy. Your skin also looks dull and your overall skin texture looks uneven. 


Dehydrated skin may be a common phenomenon in people of all skin types. It is not easy to treat your dehydrated skin by just drinking water. You need a host of other factors to work as well, for your skin to look brighter and moisturized.

What Does Dehydrated Skin Look Like?

How do you find out if your skin is dehydrated? Here are some common symptoms that appear on dehydrated skin. 

  • Itchiness on the exterior surface of your skin
  • The dullness that lasts for days
  • Darker under-eye circles
  • Sunken eyes are the characteristic feature of dehydrated skin. 
  • “Shadows” around the face, especially around the nose and eyes. 
  • Increased manifestation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Severe dehydration has the following symptoms and needs immediate medical attention. 

These symptoms include: 

  • A feeling of dizziness
  • Frequent feeling of having a dry mouth
  • You occasionally faint
  • You feel lightheadedness
  • You feel overall weakness
  • Your urination is affected. It may appear darker and less frequent.

Difference Between Dehydrated Skin And Dry Skin

People mostly associate dehydrated skin with dry skin. Both of these are different in symptoms and treatment. The underlying causes of dehydrated skin are also different. While dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks sebum (natural oils). 


Dry skin may also be a result of your hormonal changes whereas dehydrated skin has nothing to do with hormones. Major signs of dry skin include redness and irritation on your skin as well as dryness and flakiness. 


Meanwhile, dehydrated skin feels dull and tired. You will also see dark circles prominent on the face of a person having dehydrated skin. The simple math around dehydration is that your body loses more water than it retains.


This is not the same for dry skin. Dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin can happen to anyone irrespective of their skin type. 

Causes of Dehydrated Skin

Not drinking enough water is one of the main causes of dehydrated skin. However, your body may feel dehydrated due to the loss of water that occurs because of myriads of reasons. Let's try to understand it one by one. 

  • Losing Water

  • Like we said earlier, a person feels dehydrated when he loses more water than he retains. This loss of water could be due to many reasons, not drinking enough water is one of them. Other prominent reasons for the loss of water include sweating too much. This could be after heavy exercise. 


    Some other reasons could be losing body fluid through vomiting or diarrhea. People suffering a sunburn also feel dehydrated. Infants and toddlers are more at the risk of becoming dehydrated on account of vomiting and diarrhea, whereas adults are more prone to dehydration due to the effects of fever, sweating, and sunburn. 

  • Health Conditions

  • Kidney dysfunctions make people urinate more often. This leads to an increased loss of water that can lead to your skin looking dehydrated. Other health conditions like diabetes also promote frequent urination and thus loss of water. 


    Cystic fibrosis is another medical condition that causes increased loss of water from the body tissues leading to dehydration. All these health concerns can be managed by drinking more water and keeping your illness in check. 

  • Medications

  • Certain kinds of medicines also affect your body fluid balance. Some medications that contribute towards the loss of water from your skin include diuretics, laxatives, antacids, antihistamines, and blood pressure drugs. 

    Skincare Routine For Dehydrated Skin

    Apart from drinking a lot of water, you also need to incorporate some hydrating ingredients in your skincare routine. Let's see what works best for dehydrated skin. 

    #1. Cleanser For Dehydrated Skin

    This is the core skincare routine step as it is very important to get rid of dirt, and impurities from your skin. However, make sure to get a mild cleanser that does not strip your skin of the moisture content. 


    Use Nourish Mantra Cucumber Mint Upvan Facial Cleanser which is an amalgamation of cooling Cucumber Fruit Extracts, soothing Aloe Vera Leaf Extracts, and nutritive Niacinamide. It removes makeup and draws out impurities, imparting a bright appearance and fresh feeling to your skin. 


    Other key benefits of this face cleanser are: 

    • Cooling gel formulation that refreshes and brightens the skin
    • Minty aroma that awakens and energizes the senses
    • Helps protect the skin from environmental stresses and sun damage

    #2. Serum For Dehydrated Skin

    Consider using a humectant serum on your damp face for increased hydration. A good serum can instantly boost hydration in your skin to give you a natural glow. 


    Urban Rani Facial Serum by Nourish Mantra is a lightweight skin serum formulated with fortifying plant-based AHAs, skin rejuvenating Vitamins B3 and C, luscious fruits, and vibrant botanicals. It combats signs of skin fatigue due to pollution keeping skin dewy, soft, and illuminated.


    Other key benefits of this serum include: 

    • Targets visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles
    • Reduces dark spots and pigmentation
    • Lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly, leaving no sticky residue
    • They gently exfoliate to reveal hydrated, glowing skin, reduces dullness, and keeps it looking plump and youthful


    #3. Moisturizer For Dehydrated Skin

    For skin that looks dull and dehydrated, it is very important to have a nourishing moisturizer. Use a moisturizer 10 minutes after applying your serum for best results. 


    Ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, and shea butter can help get your natural glow back. Use a moisturizer rich in these ingredients to see instant results. 

    #4. SPF For Dehydrated Skin

    The most important part of your skincare routine is to use a broad spectrum SPF cream for your face. Dehydration can be caused by solar radiation. So make sure to drink plenty of water and cover your body when you go out in the sun. 

    #5. Body Lotion For Dehydrated Skin

    Dehydrated skin requires hydration. A good body lotion can give the skin of your body the same care that a good moisturizer gives to your face. 

  • Mystic Indian Rose Body Lotion

  • This luxurious skin lotion is infused with the essence of the coveted Indian Rose, which imparts a lustrous sheen to the skin. Gotu Kola, Moringa, and Indian Ginseng extracts are whipped into the buttery base of Shea Butter creating a perfect skin potion that nourishes, combats skin dryness, and leaves a dewy velvet finish.


    Other benefits of this lotion include: 

    • Gives skin a dewy glow
    • Soft, shea butter base to nourish, impart a luminous sheen, and combat skin dryness
    • Skin-nourishing, glow imparting, and moisturizing blend

  • Soft Nirvana Body Lotion

  • This gorgeous skin lotion delivers essential hydration and evokes a luminous freshness layered with notes of mossy midnight rain. It contains therapeutic botanical oils of Tamarind, Gotu Kola & Indian Ginseng that nourish, hydrate, and buff your skin.


    Other key benefits of this body lotion include: 

    • Skin nourishing, hydrating blend and instantly buffs the skin
    • Soft, earthy fragrance makes for a complete sensory experience.

    #6. Hand Lotion For Dehydrated Skin 

    The constant need to sanitize our hands has given rise to a new problem of dry hands. Moisturizers are not enough to nullify the effects of strong sanitizers containing alcohol. Thus, to moisturize the sensitive skin of your hands, you need the extra care of a hand lotion.  

    Vetiver And Lavender Upayas Hand Lotion from Nourish Mantra is a buttery concoction that not just pampers your hands but also delights your senses. This creamy lotion, blended with Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, and Shea Butter, provides deep moisturization to hands that have become dry or irritated from constant cleaning and sanitization. 


    Key benefits of this hand lotion include: 

    • A deep moisturizing formulation that nourishes and softens hands
    • A pleasant and calming lavender and vetiver aroma that soothes the senses

    Why Choose Nourish Mantra?

    At Nourish Mantra, we care about your holistic wellness. We combine the natural goodness of Ayurvedic science and mix it with the modern scientific formulations to give you the best of both worlds. 


    At Nourish Mantra, we don't just care about your exterior appearance but your inner beauty as well. Our products are made from ethically sourced plant-based ingredients to give your hair all the goodness of a hair care product, but without any harmful chemicals. 


    Our products are "clean", meaning we do not use Parabens, SLS/SLES, Phthalates, Formaldehydes, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Talc, and Phenoxyethanol. Our products are also 100% vegan and GMP certified.


    Our range of dehydration care products is made to suit your sensitive skin. It has all the active ingredients that can help you get rid of dehydrated and patchy skin. Your skin will become naturally healthy without the use of harsh chemicals. 

    Skincare Tips For Dehydrated Skin

    If you take good care of your dehydrated skin, it can heal in no time. But you will need to pay attention to both the internal and external nutrition of your skin. The following tips can help you get rid of dehydrated skin. 

    • Drink plenty of water and electrolyte especially if you exercise a lot. 
    • Eat fruits and vegetables. They have a good amount of water content that helps to replenish your electrolyte balance. 
    • For external nourishment of your skin, choose natural face care products that increase hydration on the surface of your skin. 
    • Use humectant serums that absorb moisture from the environment as well as the internal surface of your skin. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you treat dehydrated skin?
  • Dehydrated skin can be treated by providing it with lots of nourishment. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits rich in water content. They raise the electrolyte levels of your body nourishing your skin from inside. Furthermore, you can apply moisturizers and serums that are humectant(absorb moisture from the surroundings and lock it into your skin). This will help your skin look bright and young on the outside. 


  • Can dehydrated skin be fixed?
  • Dehydration is a temporary condition that can be easily fixed by treating it with a combination of lifestyle changes and topical skincare products. You need to incorporate the right skincare routine and include the right dietary products to fix your dehydrated skin. 


  • Does drinking water help dehydrated skin?
  • Yes, drinking water can help relieve you from dehydration. But just drinking water won't solve your dehydration problem magically. You will need a combination of lifestyle changes, medications (if complications are serious), and a strict skincare routine to get your natural hydrated skin back. 


    1. What causes dehydrated skin

    Your skin can become dehydrated due to several reasons. The primary reason is that your body's electrolyte balance is disturbed. This means that you are losing more water than you are retaining in your body. This may happen due to the use of certain medications, your underlying disease (diabetes, kidney-related problems, etc), UV exposure, etc. 

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