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Hydrating your way to a smooth nourished complexion

Published: Thu October 22, 2015
Categories: The Myth Minx

What is happening in my skin when I am experiencing dryness or 
dehydration?

Within our skin we have a number of mechanisms that work hand in hand to keep it hydrated, nourished and supple. 

Firstly we have a lipid barrier on the outermost layer of our skin. This protects unwanted bacteria form being absorbed into our skin, but also it prevents moisture from escaping out of our skin. 

If this lipid barrier is to become impaired (due to physical damage) the skin then becomes susceptible to water loss, resulting in signs of skin dehydration (such as scaly, taut skin and superficial lines).

In addition to this, within the outer most layer of our skin we have numerous compounds that maintain the hydration within the outer skin cells.
These compounds are water soluble, so can easily be leached from the skin due to excessive water contact (eg. long showers). 

When both of these protective mechanisms are impaired we can experience flakiness, rough skin, tight, uncomfortable skin and fine lines.It is also important to remember that dehydrated skin differs to dry skin. 

Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

Dry skin and dehydrated skin is not the same thing. Despite these two terms being used interchangeably there is a difference between the two and the way in which they are managed will differ also. 

Dehydrated skin results due to moisture loss, whereas dry skin is caused by a lack of oil.

In most cases dehydrated skin is caused by lifestyle factors, however dry skin lacking oil could be due to lifestyle factors but could also be attributed to internal factors such as hormones or genetics.

Signs of dehydrated skin:

  • Taut skin
  • Scaly looking skin
  • Superficial lines
  • Premature aging
  • Shiny skin
  • Minor blemishes or breakouts

Signs of dry skin:

  • Itchy skin
  • Rough skin
  • Flaky or peeling skin
  • Cracking skin
  • Redness
  • Tight feeling skin, especially after showers
  • Lines and premature aging

Possible causes and contributing factors for skin dryness and 
dehydration

  • Aging – oil production diminishes slowly with advancing age
  • Air conditioning or climate
  • Hot showers
  • Poor cleansing (using soap or cleansers that strip the skin leaving it feeling ‘squeaky’ clean)
  • Inadequate moisturisers 
  • Over exfoliating using abrasive scrubs
  • Astringents (alcohol based wipes or toners)
  • Diet (high in sodium or caffeine)
  • Medications or illnesses
  • Cigarette smoking

Lifestyle Tips 

  • Eat plenty of foods that are rich in essential fatty acids (such as oily fish, nuts & seeds, avocado)
  • Avoid excessively hot showers and try not to let the water in the shower run directly over your face for long periods of time
  • Rely on fresh air ventilation and minimise your use of artificial heating or cooling where possible
  • If living in a dry climate, invest in a humidifier to add moisture back into the air
  • Avoid high consumption of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, energy drinks and soft drinks. Try to alternate  intake with caffeine free herbal teas that won’t be as dehydrating to the body
  • Try to limit prepared meals and take away foods as these can be very high in sodium
  • Drink plenty of water ; this is vital for internal hydration

Hydrating Solutions at home

To restore moisture and reveal nourished supple skin, a results-driven homecare 
regime involving 5 steps is required. 

You can create your skins perfect match with your own special 5 a-day programme from Skinstitut, with this programme you can cover your skincare routine with the 5 simple steps to ensure smooth skin. 

Discover your unique 5 a-day Programme by visiting: www.skinstitut.com/5aday. Here you can follow the 5 steps of product selection and tailor by selecting the 
suitable intensity level for your skin and create your own personalised 5 a-day programme for Hydrating.

 

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