Is there a difference between dry vs. dehydrated skin?
- Dry skin contains little or no natural oil (sebum)
- Dehydrated skin is lacking water
- Dry skin may flake and have a crinkled texture
- Dry skin usually feels uncomfortable & tight especially after cleansing
- All skin types can be dehydrated
- Oily skin cannot be termed dry, but it can definitely be dehydrated
- Dehydrated skin may not feel uncomfortable
- Both conditions may cause the surface of the skin to stack-up and compact with dead cells;giving a darker, mottled, irregular surface feel, while increasing the look of aging
- Drinking more water is not always effective in alleviating dehydration
- Medications, weather, airline travel, indoor heat & air conditioning can be very dehydrating to skin
- When your skin's barrier is damaged, skin is more prone to water loss resulting in irritation
- Both conditions negatively affect the health of your skin, and may increase the rate of aging, and inflammation
THE HOWS and WHYS
Have a professional exfoliating facial to properly remove built-up, dead skin cells. Proper exfoliation is not accomplished by scrubbing your face or using harsh substances. Dead cells make you look dull because they stack-up & compact, and become bound together with a type of cellular glue. Dead cells are dark, and absorb light. They inhibit proper circulation of healthy substances naturally occurring in the skin, and it has to work harder to detox. Dead cells prevent proper penetration of actives which can improve your skin's health.
- If you are not eating a balance of healthy fats, including some saturated fats, your body does not have what it needs to make sebum/oil. Low fat diets negatively affect oil production (and hormone production, and the necessary protective layer of fat in the tissue). If adequate sebum is not being produced, you will be very prone to dehydration, and wrinkles form quicker. Skin loses its insulation and adipose fat that gives your face smoothness and contour, and helps fill lines. Tissue lacking adipose tissue (fat padding), and sebum becomes very thin from cellular spreading, ages more rapidly, and is more prone to other unwanted conditions.
- Everyone expresses water out of their skin differently. If you are inflamed -or- your skin runs hot to the touch, you lose more hydration than average. If you work out, take allergy meds, consume alcohol, you need even more hydration. WHEN you sense thirst, you are past being dehydrated. As we age, we lose our sense of thirst. So, drink adequate water. Caffeinated beverages, juices, milk do NOT count. Caffeine actually makes you express even more fluid than you consume, as it acts as a diuretic.
MAKING THE NECESSARY CORRECTIONS
Imagine two bowls. Each bowl contains raisins. We put water in one bowl, and oil in the other. The raisins in water become larger and plump, and they lose a lot of their wrinkles. The oiled raisins stay the same. Nice and crinkly with a greasy outside.
Look at your dried kitchen sponge on the counter. It is crispy, thin, not flexible, and rough. It serves no purpose in that condition.
Cut it in half. Let's wet one half. The wet half becomes plump, soft, flexible, and functional.
Let's pour oil on the other dry half, or put on a big glop of expensive 'filled with promises brand' moisturizer on it. Does it get soft, plump, flexible? NO.
Like skin, the dry sponge cannot pull water out of the moisturizer to plump it up like the water does. Moisturizer used on dehydrated, congested, built-up skin only gloms it up further, creating more problems.
Eventually, our water moistened sponge dehydrates and dries up again. Our moisturizer sponge stays dry and greasy. Each cannot work without the other.
Now, if we take the wet raisins or the wet sponge, and put oil or moisturizer over them, what happens? They stay moist longer! They are soft, plump, and smoother. This is exactly why we cannot depend on moisturizer alone to add hydration to the skin.
Hyaluronic acid(*) is a substance naturally occurring everywhere throughout our body. When we use (pure) HA topically and sparingly on clean, damp skin, it holds 8000 times its weight in water. THEN you apply your moisturizer on top. Hydrated layers of skin can more readily accept substances from your moisturizer better (ceramides, vitamins, actives), and your moisturizer acts as an evaporative-resistant barrier keeping the hydration in, while it protects your skin from outside elements such as smoke and air pollution.
(*) Skinplicity of Cary has developed a custom blended, effective pure hyaluronic acid serum with a colleague who is a professional formulator. And at a reasonable price. Call or e-mail for further info!