Is your skin dehydrated?

Winter is here, and while that may mean we’re covering up more with jerseys, jackets, long pants and boots, taking care of our skin should still be a priority. “In fact, the cooler weather can often cause more dryness than in the summer months, so dropping the ball on your skincare routine now is a no no,” explains Clere skincare brand manager, Su-Marie Annandale.

Is my skin glowing, or is it ashy? Is it too dry? Is it uneven? These are all questions we ask ourselves. Annandale says that the first and most important step for even looking and glowing skin is hydration. Hydrated skin is moisturised and the skin does not only look good, but it also helps to prevent premature ageing and has improved elasticity.

How to check if your skin is dehydrated? Annandale provides tips to determine if your skin needs additional hydration:

  • The most obvious sign that your skin is dehydrated is if it is coarse to the touch, flaky and has dry patches.
  • Sensitive skin is usually in need of additional moisture, especially on more sensitive areas like your elbows and heals.
  • Your urine is also an indicator of whether you are dehydrated; if you are properly hydrated it will be almost clear in colour.
  • Increased thirst or a dry and sticky mouth. The colder weather may fool you into thinking your body doesn’t need much water, however the same suggested water intake in summer of eight glasses a day, applies in winter. Remember, if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

If you are experiencing any of the above, Annandale recommends increasing your water intake and using a nourishing body lotion or crème. Clere’s range of crèmes and lotions consist of four unique formulations to suit all skin needs: Pure Glycerine Crème, Triple Glycerine, Tissue oil and Pure Glycerine and Glycerine Gel. All four formulations provide 48-hour moisturisation and contain Vitamins E & A which are gentle, yet effective.

Clere’s range of crèmes and lotions are available at all leading retailers at a cost of R34.99 and R21.99, respectively.

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