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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Let Your Skin Go Thirsty

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Let Your Skin Go Thirsty
By Pearlyn Tham 2 years ago 883 Views No comments

Because keeping your skin well-hydrated is the first and most important step to making it look healthy.

1. That dry, tight feeling causes discomfort and itching

When your skin is dry, the first thing you’ll notice or feel is how “stretched” it is. Not taut in a way that youthful, supple skin generally should look and feel, but tight and plain uncomfortable. If you have dry and sensitive skin (hello, wintry climate on your vacay), it will also feel itchy and start to flake.

2. Makeup doesn’t go on smoothly

On dry skin, makeup doesn’t glide on evenly and easily – it’s like how it is harder to paint on rough recycled paper. This is when you see foundation streaks or eyeshadow creases.

3. Skin loses its primary line of defence

Well-hydrated skin is strong, resilient skin with an impenetrable barrier that can fend off pollutants, UV exposure and dry air. When skin is dehydrated, its barrier function is weakened and a whole host of problems, from inflammation to fine lines, can emerge.

4. Thirsty skin is dry, old-looking skin

The human body has hyaluronic acid. In our eyes and joints, it helps to keep them lubricated. It does the same for skin, keeping it moist and dewy. Think of hyaluronic acid in skin as a sponge that soaks in moisture and keeps it in. But due to factors such as ageing and a weakened barrier function, skin’s natural hyaluronic acid can be depleted. The result? Dry, crepey skin that is prone to wrinkles and fine lines.

5. Less moisture, less glow

When skin is hydrated, soft and smooth, it reflects light better and so, your complexion looks more radiant. Similarly, dry, thirsty skin is rough and doesn’t reflect light optimally. As a result, it appears dull. Or think of it this way: soft, smooth silk always looks shiny whereas grainy leather looks matte.


Former women's magazine editor Pearlyn Tham bought her first foam cleanser and liquid foundation at the age of 13. More than 20 years later, she has since moved on to eye creams, liquid lipsticks and - her security blanket - sunscreens.


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