One of the hallmarks of dehydrated skin is a tight, taut, dry feeling or redness – particularly after cleansing. You may also experience visible flakiness with fine, crepey lines – think raisin like skin. On the flip side, hydrated skin can be likened to a plump, juicy grape.
As mentioned, excess oil is produced when moisture levels are lacking, so oiliness can be a sign of dehydration – a veil of shine sits over a dry skin.
Moreover, as dehydration can damage the skins barrier, we call this a moisture imparied barrier function. An Impaired moisture skin barrier function can be due to lifestyle, diet, using heaters, hot showers, and our climate. Stress, emotions, and lack of sleep play a huge role in our skin protecting itself and even internally. What happens when our skin is impaired, pathogens, bacteria, and products can enter too quickly into our skin causing skin issues like redness, reactive sensitivity, blemishes, and dehydration. Your acid mantle the protective layer of the skin, known as the first sign of defence is meant to be able to protect your skin from this occurring. Dehydrated skin can not protect your skin.