Skin tends to become thin and fragile when it’s not adequately hydrated. This makes it vulnerable to environmental assaults, bacteria and infection.
Dehydrated skin can also peel and itch. When that happens, scratching can lead to inflammation, says dermatologist Dr Eileen Tan of Eileen Tan Skin, Laser and Hair Transplant Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
If your skin appears red, blotchy or irritated, look for soothing moisturisers like KIEHL’S DERMATOLOGIST SOLUTIONS CENTELLA RECOVERY SKIN-SALVE, $90 (75ML), which has aloe vera, honey and centella p plant extracts that quell irritation. AVENE TOLERANCE EXTREME CREAM, $69.90 (50ML), formulated with skin-calming, mineral-rich Avene thermal spring water, minimises the chances of irritation as it contains only 10 ingredients. It has no fragrance, parabens or preservatives, and comes in airtight packaging that prevents product contamination.