Many often bundle together dehydrated skin and dry skin, however they are very different. First things first, did you know that dehydrated skin is a skin concern and dry skin is a skin type? The biggest difference between the two is what causes the problem. Dry skin is caused by the lacking or being deficient of the skin’s natural vitals - oils to keep it healthy. Dehydrated skin suffers from just, lacking in hydration.
So dry skin = lacking BOTH water + oil versus dehydrated skin = lacking in water.
As we have covered dry skin in our previous lockdown series it is time to cover dehydration.
Dehydrated skin lacks moisture in the skin’s surface and often feels dry and rough, lacking in plumpness and bounce. Can appear dull and lackluster. Did you know? Any skin type can be dehydrated underneath, so even if your skin is oily it can still be dehydrated?
Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin doesn’t have an issue with oil production, which means all skin types can experience it—oily included. Sounds like an absolute oxymoron, however, if you’re experiencing oily skin, it could be because your skin is actually lacking water, and to compensate for this lack of hydration, it produces more oil. This can cause many people to think they have oily skin when, in fact, it could be a sign of dehydration.
Dehydrated skin is often the reasoning behind inflammation, redness, sensitivity, and a less-than-perfect makeup day. It can also increase the signs of aging as well make the skin appear uneven in tone.
A very common reasoning is the damage to the skin barrier. With the lockdown and the necessity to wear a face covering/mask the friction caused can lead to irritation and the damage to the skin barrier. This can inhibit the skin’s ability to hold onto moisture and result in dehydrated skin. This is also caused by products that contain fragrance, skin-sensitising ingredients or harsh scrubs and exfoliants. Changes in weather or hormones can also cause dehydration.
Do not worry, it is not all doom and gloom some simple tweaks to your diet and skincare regime can get you back on the glowing path. The aim is to rehydrate and repair your skin to help to retain moisture.
How To Take Care of Dehydrated Skin.
- Drink or Eat Your Water
At Glow Circle we take a holisitic approach to wellbeing. Therefore, we see the benefits of a nourishing diet as well as using nourishing products to penetrate the skins surface. One without the other is not enough. Drinking an extra glass of water is not enough to hydrate skin. Consume foods that have a high-water content like watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, pears and apples.
2. Add a Hydrator into Your Skincare Regime
Hydrators are different to moisturisers, hydrators add water to the skin whilst moisturizers create a barrier on the surface to keep water from evaporating.
The most effective way of preventing your skin from dehydration is applying a hydrator and then following up with a moisturiser. This is why Glow Boosting 2- in – 1 Moisturiser + Serum is pretty special as it combines both so you do not have to worry, overthink, or forget. Containing both glycerin and hyaluronic acid which are humectants, which attracts water. The Glow Boosting 2-in-1 Moisturiser + Serum also contains powerful plant based antioxidants which aid in hydration, regenerating the skin and improving the look and feel of the skin.
3. It all starts with good cleansing
Good skin care starts with clean skin. It creates the right environment for your skincare products to get to work properly. Your skin will benefit from the hydrating and repairing ingredients that can penetrate the skin more easily. That is why I always recommend The Antioxidant Nourishing Cleansing Oil which has ingredients such as Marula Oil and Blueberry seed oil which are full of Omega 3’s which work with the skin’s barrier.
4. Avoid Excess Heat
Turn the down the heating and turn off the electric blanket at night. Turn the car heating away from blasting in your face.
As we are indoors so much more the indoor dry air is causing an impact also. Using a humidifier cancan add moisture to the air in your home and restore the humidity level, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and healthy. Humidifiers can also give dry sinuses relief, lessen allergies and upper respiratory symptoms, and can assist with lessening the risk of catching an airborne virus.
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