Dehydrated Skin: How to Recognize It and What to Do?

A woman following a routine to avoid having dehydrated skin

Recognizing dehydrated skin is crucial to adopt the right treatments. Often confused with dry skin, skin dehydration is a lack of water that affects all skin types and is often poorly understood. Signs of dehydration such as a dull complexion, rough skin, and noticeable discomfort alert us to this imbalance.

The key? Gentle cleansing followed by a targeted skin care routine incorporating moisturizing active ingredients. Learn more about this subject by reading our guide to better understand your skin’s needs.

Definition and characteristics of dehydrated skin


Dehydrated skin is suffering from a temporary lack of water, unlike dry skin. This imbalance weakens the hydrolipidic film (protective barrier), making the skin less capable of retaining moisture and leaving it vulnerable to external factors. This usually occurs during hormonal changes or when the seasons change.

The symptoms of dehydrated skin

Recognizing the symptoms of dehydrated skin is essential to remedy them effectively. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Itchy skin with a tugging sensation
  • A lack of suppleness
  • A dull skin tone
  • A lack of radiance
  • Skin that appears rough (like crocodile skin) or has streaks of dehydration

Dry or dehydrated skin: what are the differences?

CharacteristicDry skinDehydrated skin
ExplanationsInsufficient sebum production leading to a reduction in the skin’s ability to retain moisture, compromising its natural protective barrier. Often caused by a dry climate, pollution, or synthetic fabrics.Lack of water in the upper layers of the epidermis, regardless of skin type, which reduces its elasticity and ability to stay hydrated. 

As you can see, these are two different problems with different solutions. It is therefore possible to have oily, combination, or dry AND dehydrated skin. It is therefore necessary not to confuse care products for dry skin with those for dehydrated skin.

The factors of dehydration

Skin dehydration can be caused by many internal and external factors:

Not drinking enough water every day, an unbalanced diet, etc.

Not drinking enough water, a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables, and excessive coffee or alcohol intake can contribute to skin dehydration. Continuous hydration and the application of care products for dehydrated skin are essential for maintaining radiant, healthy skin.

Environment, aggressive products, etc.

Beyond lifestyle, environmental factors such as using excessively hot water or aggressive products can damage the skin’s hydrolipidic film and accelerate water loss. Protecting your skin from the elements and choosing gentle products is essential for preserving its hydration and health.

The specific needs of dehydrated skin

The face of a woman with dehydrated skin seen from above

To effectively address the needs of dehydrated skin, it is important to follow a routine that corresponds to your skin. This routine should include:

Daily or weekly products

  • Creams enriched with hyaluronic acid for deep hydration
  • Moisturizing serums to boost the skin’s hydration level in depth
  • Gentle cleansing products that preserve the hydrolipidic film
  • Hydrating masks on occasion

Our flagship products to soothe and prevent dehydrated skin

  • 24 H Hydrating Cream: Intensely hydrates the skin for 24 hours. Revitalized and plumped, it becomes radiant and beautiful and appears smoothed and rejuvenated.
  • Instant Hydration Mask: Immerse your skin in an instant hydration bath. In just a few minutes, it is rehydrated and dehydration lines seem faded.
  • 24H Hydrating Elixir: A formula highly concentrated in plant-based Hyaluronic Acids, in 2 molecular weights for 24-hour proven effectiveness.
  • Panacea Cream: Full of exceptional active ingredients, this comprehensive anti-aging treatment meets all the needs of mature skin (wrinkles, light and severe dehydration, pigment spots, lack of firmness, etc.).

And simple actions to implement

  • Drink enough water every day to hydrate the skin from the inside out
  • Protect the skin from external aggressions with products that form a protective skin barrier
  • Regularly apply moisturizing products to maintain optimal hydration
  • Avoid stress factors for the skin if possible, such as aggressive exfoliants and extreme temperatures in winter or during a hot shower

Why maintain good skin hydration

A woman treating her dehydrated skin

Maintaining good skin hydration is essential to preserve the health of the skin and its elasticity. In addition, optimal hydration helps combat skin aging, improves skin complexion and texture, and supports the natural protective barrier against external aggressions.

This makes it possible to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, thereby offering radiant and visibly younger skin.

We understand the importance of deep and targeted hydration, which is why we offer a product line suited to each skin type. Our enriched creams, moisturizing serums, and masks are designed to restore and maintain the optimal hydration level, while our gentle cleansers avoid damaging the hydrolipidic film.

For those with sensitive skin, our skincare products are expertly crafted for you as well, ensuring that the skin cells remain robust and the pores are effectively cleansed, providing a refreshing and rejuvenating experience.

With PHYT’S Laboratories, integrate an effective moisturizing skin care routine into your daily life and say goodbye to signs of dehydration!

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