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Published: Thu October 22, 2015
Categories: The Myth Minx
What is happening in my skin when I am experiencing dryness or
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:
Signs of dry skin:
Possible causes and contributing factors for skin dryness and
Hydrating Solutions at home
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