Dryness and Dehydration

These two skin conditions may show similar characteristics, but they are a bit different.

Dry Skin lacks both sufficient oil and water (moisture) contents. Many times, skin becomes dry due to climate or seasonal changes, as well as medication use and prolonged dehydration.

Dehydrated Skin is simply thirsty skin – lacking in sufficient amounts of water (moisture). This is usually as a direct result of internal dehydration – hello Starbucks enthusiasts!

Dehydration shows up in the form of “tightness” and can cause the skin to look dull and uneven.

TEST: look at your clean skin in the mirror, and place one finger flat against the bottom of your cheek. GENTLY pull upward. Do you notice any tiny little lines that suddenly appear? These are dehydration lines – and don’t worry, you’re in good company. In my practice, about 85-90% of my clients are dehydrated when they come to see me.

Dehydration can lead to oil production or dryness, if not balanced quickly. The skin will automatically start to produce more oils when dehydration sets in, to limit damage from lack of protection at the skin’s surface. The more thirsty your skin, the more oil it will want to produce.

As mentioned earlier, dryness can also occur as a result of severe dehydration in the skin.

So what can you do to balance dehydration?

Hydrate your skin:

  • make an appointment for a hydrating facial treatment that will also lighten your stress load
  • drink lots of water
  • eliminate dehydrating foods and drinks that contain sugar, caffeine and alcohol

Look for these ingredients in your skincare products:

  • aloe
  • vitamins C and E
  • hyaluronic acid
  • glacier or high mountain waters
  • hydrosols – or floral water
  • rose, lavender, and other essential oils

bien-être TIP: check out this post on the importance of Omega Fatty Acids for dry, dehydrated skin!

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