How to Treat Dehydrated Skin

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Dehydrated skin can leave you feeling itchy, uncomfortable and can literally have you looking old, because fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable when your skin is dry. The causes of dehydrated skin are overexposure to the sun, oil-stripping soaps and neglect. Certain medications can also have a drying effect on your skin. Try this simple cleansing routine and mask to heal dry skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Cream face cleanser containing aloe vera
  • Cotton Balls
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Lavender oil
  • Baking soda
  • Honey-based moisturizing cream (with vitamin A and E)
  • Cleanse face with a creamy cleanser containing aloe vera. Gently rub the cream all over face in a circular motion. The whole point here is to gently cleanse, not irritate the skin any more than it is.

  • Wipe off the cleanser gently with cotton balls. If you don't like the feeling of residue on your skin, rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

  • Put a few drops of lavender oil in baking soda and mix it to make a paste that isn't too thick or too runny. Apply it to your face. Leave it on for 5 minutes while you relax and drink a glass of water--which will also help hydrate your skin.

  • Rinse your face with water and gently pat it dry with a towel. Do not rub the skin.

  • Immediately apply a rich moisturizer containing vitamins A and E to lock in moisture. Honey-based moisturizers are great, because honey helps skin retain its moisture. Other ingredients to look for in moisturizers are aloe vera, comfrey and calendula. All help your skin stay moist. Most importantly, look for a rich moisturizer that feels good on your skin.

    Be sure to apply your moisturizer gently.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hydrate skin from the inside out by drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. Water flushes toxins from the body and gives skin a firm and plump look. Fruits and vegetables--especially the juicy ones--are also a great inside-out treatment for the skin.
  • If your skin feels irritated by any of the ingredients in this cleansing and mask routine, rinse your face immediately. See a dermatologist if your skin is chronically dehydrated. It could be a symptom of an underlying problem.

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