As the weather is becoming cooler our skin tends to feel more sensitive and dry. As we all know, a dehydrated skin is a very unhappy skin. First we notice the tight sensation and perhaps even some peeling and flakiness. Next we start seeing fine lines, especially around the eyes, mouth and across the forehead. What are we to do then?
Prevention is always better than cure, so we should focus on combating this condition.
I have deliberately chosen the word “condition” because dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition brought on by several factors opposed to say someone who has a dry skin type.
Any skin type can become dehydrated. You might be surprised to hear this, but an oily skin is more often than not dehydrated. The sebum glands go in to over-drive and produces even more oil as we attempt to use products to dry up the oil. That is our biggest mistake. We should aim at calming the skin so that it learns to rebalance itself.
When skin is dehydrated it lacks moisture, so to remedy this skin condition we should take a more comprehensive approach by not only adding moisture to the skin but by protecting our skin from external aggressors too.
Several factors reduce hydration in the skin.
Natural aging is one of the main causes of dehydration of the skin. Declining hormones can result in the loss of collagen and elasticity which causes skin thinning.
Lifestyle choices such as the consumption of alcohol, coffee and smoking places oxidative stress on the skin which makes it more prone to dehydration and wrinkles.
Environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure, cold air and windy conditions also result in loss of moisture. Taking long hot showers and baths also contributes to dehydrated skin as it draws moisture out of the skin. Being in air-conditioned rooms also depletes the skin of moisture.
Incorrect and aggressive cleansing methods can disrupt the protective mantle barrier of the skin and increase the chances of your skin becoming dehydrated. Avoid using manual and chemical exfoliants on any skin type.
It is important to identify the reasons and causes of a dehydrated skin condition as it will enable you to take the appropriate corrective measures.
The best way to ensure hydrated skin is to look at what we consume.
Increasing your water intake to about 6 – 8 glasses a day will not literally plump up your skin, but it supports our internal organs and enables it to function optimally. Water is a calorie-free drink! That should more than enough reason for us to opt for a bottle of water than other drinks. Your skin is the window to your health. A healthy body will almost always guarantee a healthy and glowing skin.
Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of minerals and vitamins and of course anti-oxidants and fluids that aids hydration.
Avoid foods that are high in sodium as it naturally draws water from the body.
Use a humidifier if you work or live in an air-conditioned area or place a bowl of water in your bedroom at night.
The most obvious remedy of course would be a topical treatment. Applying a water-based moisturiser in the morning will boost hydration. Using moisturising and nourishing masks will give the skin an extra shot of intensive moisture when needed or as part of your weekly routine to maintain supple skin.
Avoid applying lotions and creams to the skin at night as at that crucial time the skin is regenerating itself. The last thing it needs is to be exhausted by shifting creams around when it should focus on natural repair.
The skin is a living organ and has the ability to regenerate itself. We should work with that natural process and not against it.
For a happy skin, keep it moisturised internally as you would externally. Be sure to get about 8 hours of sleep at night and invest in a good Vitamin C supplement and consume sufficient Omega fatty acids. Your skin will thank you.
Ruh Fortune http://www.earthbornbeauty.net