This is one skin myth we need to clear up. Why? Because approximately 98% of us at some point in our lives suffer from dehydrated skin. So that would suggest that there is a lot of us that are looking to treat it and effective treatment comes from understanding how and why the skin behaves the way it does.
Many people often get confused between Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin thinking that they are one and the same. They are not. Let us define both skin subjects to highlight the clear difference between the two.
Dry skin is classified as a skin ‘type’. Your skin type is genetically inherited and stays stable for the most part of your life. It is defined by the amount of oil that your skin naturally creates.
Essentially, the goal is to take care of your skin type by way of BALANCING it (oil production). A naturally drier skin reflects a minimal amount of oil produced, so for this skin type, we need to re-nourish the skin with extra oil and lipids.
Dehydrated skin is when there is a lack of water in the skin. Dry skin remember, is a lack of oil. This is where we want to clear up the confusion with a skin type versus skin conditions. Just to clarify, a skin condition refers to the skin’s reactive behaviour to external and internal stimulants (environment, diet and lifestyle etc) and they come and go according to the above exposures. Dehydration fits here.
Think about when you take a flight: When you exit the plane, your skin feels generally tight and uncomfortable. Or when you have been to a party and had a few drinks. You wake up the next day and your skin looks and feels dull. This skin becomes dehydrated due to what we have put it though. Not because of how it is naturally behaving.
Skin conditions are present alongside one’s natural skin type: there are times when you will be dealing with both areas. In fact, all skin types can be prone to dehydration! Skin conditions such as dehydration are, however, temporary if they are treated effectively.
Do you recall our past blog where we spoke of that super skin function called the Acid Mantle? Just to refresh our memory, it is that fine layer of water and sebum that sits on the skin’s surface acting as a vital barrier for skin health and overall balance (PH regulation).
Dehydration occurs when this protective barrier lacks the water necessary for effective function. The skin naturally reacts by creating more oil – it thinks it’s helping but it’s not! So, often, you will have more oil on the surface of the skin while underneath, its lacking in water. It’s like the skin can feel both oily and dry at the same time – weird I know!
So, if you ever feel this or feel that your skin feels stretched tight or looks dull and crepey, keep reading!
While we have mentioned all of the ways to effectively treat dehydrated skin in the list above, it’s equally as important to be aware of your inherent skin type and to look after it (keeping your skin type well balanced is a great way to defend the skin from moisture loss – especially if you’re on the oilier/combination side.)
So, the good news is that dehydrated skin is relatively easy to fix! Well-hydrated skin is healthy skin. It’s plump, radiant and youthful-looking. Here’s to beautifully hydrated skin this Spring!
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