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Inner & Outer beauty - The hydration truths & myths

Published: Thu June 22, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx

Like we have heard time and time again, adequate hydration is the essence of both inner and outer beauty. But what does this really mean and how do we maintain the perfect balance for both our body and our skin? 

Myth Minx is demystifying the most common winter hydration and skin perpetuated myths, starting with the obvious: 

Myth 1 - Drinking more water will prevent dry, chapped and cracked winter skin

False – It is true that water intake is vital for our metabolism and to hydrate the lower layers of our skin (this being the hypodermis and dermis). However, it’s actually our outer layer of skin (the epidermis) that loses the most moisture and is most susceptible to dehydration or dry skin conditions. Since water is not moving in around the cells in the upper part of our epidermis, the only way to maintain hydration in this layer of skin is to keep it protected with our natural barrier function (made up of secretions from sweat and oil glands). If your skin is becoming chapped, cracked and dry this is an indication that your skins’ natural barrier is impaired, perhaps there is insufficient oil being produced or more likely, you could be doing something at home that could be stripping the skin of its natural oils (think hot showers, over exfoliating or using harsh astringents on your skin).  

Myth 2 – Age has no effect on skin hydration

Unfortunately this one is false too. Not only do we have to contend with fine lines and loss of elasticity as we age, the skin will naturally take on a dryer state (oil content will lower due to declining hormones). In addition to this, a more mature skin will be more 
susceptible to dehydration too (lack of moisture). To explain this, there is a natural component within our skin called Hyaluronic Acid. This amazing gel-like substance can be found naturally in almost every cell within the human body yet 50% of our total 
Hyaluronic Acid content is found within our skin. Here it has the amazing ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water within our cells. 

We know that young skin contains large amounts of Hyaluronic Acid, creating smooth youthful and healthy appearing skin, full of moisture. Yet, as we age our skins ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid decreases, undoubtedly contributing to the signs of premature 
ageing.

Myth 3 – Lifestyle doesn’t affect hydration – you were born with skin prone to dehydration or dryness  

False – Lifestyle can greatly impact the skins hydration, appearance and also texture. First thing to understand here is that dry skin and dehydrated skin is not the same thing. 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. Lifestyle factors that could be exacerbating either dry or dehydrated skin include:

  • Cleansers (using too much or the incorrect one for your skin)
  • Over exfoliating
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Medications
  • Illnesses 
  • Heating/air-conditioning 
  • Overdoing caffeinated beverages or high sodium foods
  • Incorrect moisturiser for your skin
  • Hot showers

Myth 4 - The area of the face where dry, dehydrated or flakey skin occurs has no relevance to cause

False – according to Holistic Skin Analysis the whole body is reflected on the face, with different regions of the face corresponding with certain areas of the body. 

Take the eyes for example, accordingly to Holistic Skin Analysis, dark circles under the eyes with a blue under tone, can reflect our kidneys and could be a result of lack of sleep, poor elimination, and lack of fluids.

If we are seeing dehydration through the cheeks this could be possible from a recent cold, flu, sinus congestion or medication. In Holistic Skin Analysis the cheeks correlate to our lungs.

Lastly if we look at the lips – if you’re experiencing dry cracked lips this can be weather related but if it is persistent may be an indicator of gastric stress, poor digestion, and low gut flora.

So we know that at this time of year, weather and lifestyle both play a role in skin dehydration (artificial heating, lower moisture content in atmosphere, cool winds, and increased consumption of caffeinated beverages). But there is more to it than simply drinking more water.

To emanate inner and outer beauty, try MM’s hydrating lifestyle tips:

  • Eat plenty of foods rich in essential fatty acids (nuts, seeds, avocado, fish, oils)
  • Where diet is low in essential fatty acids, consider using a topical oil in your skincare 
  • regime, MM loves Multi-Active Oil
  • Avoid excessively hot showers, then after showering spritz skin with a hydrating mist, try Multi-Active Mist
  • Limit high sodium foods (fast foods, prepackaged foods)
  • Avoid large amounts of caffeine from coffee tea, soft drink or energy drinks
  • Ensure you’re using the correct moisturiser for your skin type (eg. Oily, dry etc.)
  • Smile and be happy

Remember, beauty is the opposite of perfection, it’s about confidence, charisma and character. 

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