According to the Mayo Clinic, roughness and loss of elasticity can occur if the outermost layer of the skin does not contain enough water. These symptoms detract from a glowing complexion, contribute to dullness, texture and can be uncomfortable, too. While there’s much debate about whether or not increasing your water intake can actually make your skin appear more hydrated, we do know that skin care can help.
What is Hydrated Skin?
Hydrated skin looks plump, smooth and sometimes naturally glowy because it has enough water to support and strengthen it. It doesn’t have a flaky texture and it shouldn’t feel rough, tight or uncomfortable. A good indication of hydrated skin is when you pinch it, it settles back into place immediately.
What Causes Dehydrated Skin?
Dehydrated skin lacks water so things like dry weather, excess caffeine or alcohol consumption and hot showers can lead to a dehydrated complexion. Note that all of these things draw moisture from the skin, thus leading to bouts of dehydration. And it doesn’t matter if you naturally have oily skin or dry skin — all skin types can experience dehydration.