Dry & Dehydrated Skin
In this fast paced environment there are a number of factors that can be attributed to making skin dry or dehydrated. The first step to counteracting this is to understand the difference between the two before finding an effective solution.
Quite simply, skin dehydration is a deficiency of water whilst dry skin is caused by a lack of oil. These two common skin problems are exacerbated over time through a number of daily routines that we think nothing of:-
- Lack of water daily sounds obvious but is something that many overlook. Drinking a consistent level of water throughout the day is recommended.
- The overuse of facial wipes which although provide a speedy cleanse are also guilty of depleting skins natural oils leaving it feeling dry and taut.
- Another immediate ‘feel good’ that will add to long term skin dryness is regular over exfoliation. Initially the skin looks radiant and smooth but dead skin cells serve an important purpose in shielding new cells.
- Diet plays a fundamental part in skin hydration and it is important to maintain a balance of ‘good fats’ commonly found within oily fish, avocado, olives etc.
- Whilst a steamy shower is something that we all look forward to, spending too much time and in hot temperatures doing so can lead to the slow ‘stripping’ of natural oils.
- General ageing over our lifetime effects skin whether we like it or not. Regardless of how oily or naturally moistured your skin felt in your 20’s, this sadly depletes with age resulting in dry skin.