Does dehydration cause dry skin?
This article will discuss how to make a homemade face moisturizer. Many people wrongly assume that dry skin is a result of dehydration. The belief is that not drinking water causes the skin to dry up. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
It is important to note that the more water you drink, the drier your skin will be because the water will dilute the electrolytes. So, dehydration causes many symptoms, but not the dryness of the skin.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin is low EFA. EFA is an acronym for essential fatty acids. It is an uncomfortable situation characterized by itching, scaling, and cracking. Dry skin can occur for a variety of reasons. Some people might have naturally dry skin. Sometimes, even when the skin is oily, one might develop dry skin from time to time.
Dry skin can affect any part of the body. However, parts of the body commonly affected include the arms, legs, and hands.
I’ve said dry skin is low in essential fatty acids. The fatty acids here refer to unsaturated, not saturated fats, i.e., omega-3 fatty acids. It is important to note that essential fatty acids are omega-3 and omega-6. Still, I’ll not discuss omega-6 in this article because there are chances that you may already have too much of it in your diet (corn oil, canola, soy oil, and cottonseed oil), and we are deficient in the omega-3 fatty acids.
So, your skin gets dry and flaky when you don’t have enough omega-3 fatty acids. There are three types of omega-3;
· EPA — Eicosapentaenoic acid
· DHA — Docosapentaenoic acid, and a precursor
· ALA — Alpha-linolenic acid
ALA can turn into DHA and EPA to a certain degree. This is because the omega-3 fatty acids can protect the skin against the sun’s rays — like UV light. So, these fatty acids do plenty of things for your skin, not just keep it moist.