Dry Skin is due to dehydration or loss of oils in the skin. Dehydration due to excessive loss of water from the body. Dehydrated facial skin shows signs very quickly especially around the eyes. This is due to a deficiency of water in the stratum corneum, one of the top layers of the skin. The skin appears taut and flaking. All skin types, even those with oily skin can suffer from dehydrated skin. Dryness in the skin can also occurs when there is a low level of oil. Having a drier skin can also accentuate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dry and dehydrated skin, may be irritated and red, as it is more vulnerable to irritants.
What Causes Dryness & Dehydration?
Overall skin health is maintained by the skin’s lipid barrier. The lipid barrier of the stratum corneum helps to prevent dryness and dehydration, working to retain vital moisture within the skin. When this lipid barrier is disturbed usually by environmental exposure, and the effects of photoageing the skin can experience excessive moisture loss that can result in dehydrated skin.
Overexposure to the sun can cause water to evaporate from our skin, which also explains why sunburned areas tend to feel especially dehydrated. Air conditioning, heating, long showers, flying and certain medications can also increase your likelihood of developing dehydration and sensitivity.
By over cleansing the skin you can also strip away natural oils and dissolve the protective lipid. Avoid excessive cleansing.
Diet plays a large role in the health of your skin. People who are on low, or no-fat diets are likely to be missing out on valuable fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,F,K) as well as vital essential fatty acids that are beneficially to the skin. Alcohol and caffeine have diuretic effects, therefore extra fluid intake is needed to prevent dehydration.
How To Treat Facial Dryness & Dehydration
* Protect your skin from sun exposure every day with a SPF 50.
* Use a good cleanser that will remove dry skin so that treatment creams and moisturisers can penetrate into the skin.
* Use moisturising ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, helping to maintain and attract moisture in the skin.
* Increase your daily intake of water to maintain hydration.
* Eat a balanced diet rich in essential fats to support the function of your skin. * Skin consultations are recommended to allow a qualified skin therapist to thoroughly examine your skin and decide on the recommended treatment for your dry skin.
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