Human skin should have between 10 and 15% moisture content to be confidently labelled as healthy. This rate, unfortunately, is rarely found in young teens and youths due to improper skin care practices. At this rate, your skin will pass the pinch test by regaining its shape faster when pinched. Below this rate, however, the skin lacks sufficient moisture and is dehydrated. Skin dehydration is prevalent during the colder seasons. Among the factors that cause facial dehydration, include:

  • Poor dieting with minimum intake of fruits and vegetables
  • Inadequate intake of water
  • Overconsumption of caffeine and alcohol
  • Unfriendly weather elements including constant exposure to UV rays and the wind

Facial skin, being the most exposed and hence sensitive part of your body, requires that you maintain it both externally and internally through best lifestyle habits. Failure to do this will result in unfavourable and embarrassing signs as discussed in this article.

Tight skin and cracks
Have you ever stormed out of the bathroom feeling your face tight and almost breaking? If you have, then this is a sign that your skin is thirsty. Tight skin is a sign that your face lacks moisture and this tightness will be noticeable when talking, smiling or laughing. Once you notice this, it is high time you take precautions and deal with the problem before it advances to cracking.

Cracks usually form on the face at advanced stages of dehydration and are painful when they form. Besides this, they pose a risk of infection from external pathogens. They also irritate and distort your looks, especially when you apply makeup. When your skin is moist and supple, you will attain a sleek and smooth look when you apply your make up. However, when cracks set in due to insufficient moisture, you will realize that starting from your foundation to the powder; the look is cracked and cakey as the skin peels off when you apply your makeup. These cracks will also be present on your lips, giving them a cakey look when you apply lipstick.

Dull skin
When your skin lacks sufficient moisture, it is more likely to look dull compared to when you are hydrated. Typically, well-hydrated skin is bright, shiny and tends to reflect light shone over it. Thus, when you stop seeing this glow on your face, it is high time to consider facial hydration. Apart from taking in fluids such as water and soups, fruits and vegetables rich in water content are also an excellent choice. Watermelons, cucumbers, and pineapples are an excellent addition to your diet.

Acne
Do away with the myth that acne only affects individuals with oily skin. Insufficient moisture is probably the reason you have those irritating pimples on your face. Acne resulting from dehydration is usually cystic, painful and deep and can be either blackheads or whiteheads. Ensuring your skin is well hydrated and moisturised, coupled with getting an acne facial, will go a long way to keep breakouts at bay.

Itchy skin
If you already suspect that you have dehydrated skin, itchiness on your face is probably among the symptoms you have. This is because with dehydration comes dry skin which in most cases is itchy. When you scratch your face, especially around your nose and hairline, you will notice some flakes fall off and accumulate on your eyebrows and lashes.

Finally, it is worth noting that a dehydrated face is not necessarily a dry face, hence when noticed early it can be easily remedied. Remedies to use include daily moisturising with glycerin and natural moisturisers, a change of diet, an adequate intake of water and use of sunscreens to keep off dangerous ultraviolet sunrays. A facial treatment is also an excellent idea. When you do this consistently, you will reclaim that glowing and supple look back.