This type of skin, which lacks moisture, is often confused with the 'dry' skin that lacks natural oils (sebum), though a shortage of oils may contribute to dehydration, since the surface layer of sebum helps to conserve whatever moisture is present in the skin.

Dehydrated skin often feels tight and cold, and wrinkles easily. You are most likely to observe this kind of skin in older people, but Central Heating and Air Conditioning are making it far more common.

Lack of oil and lack of moisture are both connected with endocrine imbalance, and essential oils which help to correct such imbalances should be used. Geranium and Lavender are among the best to use. Gentle oils to soothe the surface of the skin are Camomile, Neroli and Rose. Fluid lotions are more helpful for such skin than creams and any of these essential oils can be added to the lotion. An anti-wrinkle cream may also be beneficial. The skin needs protection all the time to prevent loss of fluids, and lotions can be applied several times a day, especially before going out in very hot, or very dry and windy weather.

The diet should include plenty of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, fruit juices and natural mineral water. Alcohol has a really damaging effect as it causes further dehydration, not only of the skin but of the whole body, so it should be avoided or kept to a very small amount. Smoking is very damaging too.

Massage needs to be very, very gentle indeed. Face-packs containing honey are really beneficial for dehydrated skin. The honey can be patted onto the skin on its own, or mixed with mashed avocado pulp or banana. See also Dry Skin Toner

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