Dehydration can affect every skin type and every age, especially those with dry skin. Skin dehydration is the loss of water in the skin and occurs when the skin loses more moisture than it takes in. Dehydration often leads to thinning of the skin, promotes development of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet. Being dehydrated can change the appearance of your skin and it may appear flushed, dry and older looking. The dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and radiance.

Flaky Skin


Uneven Tone

Dull Skin

Oily Skin


  • Hot / Cold  weather
  • Diet low in fatty acids
  • Dry environment
  • Wrong skincare products
  • Not drinking enough liquids

Is dehydrated skin the same as dry skin?

No! Dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks oil. So your skin could be dehydrated, dry, or both. Dehydrated skin can look oily, flaky, dull and feel tight, even when properly moisturized.

Should I hydrate or moisturize dehydrated skin?

Hydration means increasing the amount of water in your skin cells, which results in a healthy, smooth and plump complexion.

Moisturizing prevents the water from leaving our skin by sealing it all in with a lipid (facial oil).

Dehydrated skin should always be hydrated first with a serum that contains humectants, which help to bind and retain moisture.

What ingredients should be avoided?

For dehydrated skin it is best to avoid cosmetic products containing alcohol, such as alcohol based toners or cleansers, and go easy on the exfoliation.

Is there a link between diet and skin dehydration?

YES! Low fat diets can deprive our bodies of skin-friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Essential fatty acids are vital to help cells retain water. There are two basic types of EFAs-omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, and we need them both.

EFAs are important structural components of cell membranes throughout the body. They help cells stay fluid and flexible, allowing nutrients to enter the cells and wastes to exit.

EFA metabolites also “waterproof” the skin, creating an antimicrobial barrier against the elements. Without enough EFAs, your skin can suffer from dryness and premature aging.


Skin dehydration requires not only specific skincare regiment but also lifestyle changes. At the Skin Lab, we review and identify potential triggers causing skin dehydration and develop a tailored treatment plan which focuses on skin hydration and water retention.

Main focus is to restore and maintain water content in the dehydrated skin. Our clinically proven skincare products provides optimal hydration without clogging pores and leaves skin smooth and supple. Customized treatments are created based on each clients’s needs and the strength of products can be changed to achieve optimal results.

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Claire's PRO Tip

For dehydrated skin, choose skincare products containing humectants, such as Hyaluronic acid. Humectants attract water to the surface of the skin and deliver hydration and nutrients to the deeper layers.