What is dehydrated skin?
Dehydration means that your body is losing more water than it is taking in. Aside from not drinking enough water, this can be related to increased urination from caffeine or diuretics. It may also occur from lots of sweating from exercise.
Dehydrated skin, on other hand, lacks water and describes a condition which can happen at any time to any skin types. Symptoms of dehydrated skin include itchiness, sensitivity, dullness and fine lines and wrinkles - all signs that your skin is deficient in water and causing dehydration.
You can do a simple pinch test at home to determine your skin’s hydration levels.
Take a small portion of your skin around the cheek area and squeeze lightly. If you notice any wrinkling and if the skin doesn’t bounce back after you let go, then your skin may be dehydrated.
What causes skin to dehydrate?
Hot Showers and Baths
Who would have thought that hot showers and baths are actually dehydrating your skin? Even while immersed, your body is losing water. This is because the overly-hot water is stripping the protective oil layer from your skin and hastening water loss.
Flip-flopping from hot to cold, we can finger air conditioning as another guilty party in your dehydrated skin. Summer-time a/c keeps us cool in the heat but it also lowers the humidity. Dry air sucks the water out of our skin, leaving us with dull, dehydrated skin.
What you eat or drink could be affecting the water levels in your body, and experts have bad news: Go easy on no-nos like alcohol, coffee and processed foods. Diuretics, like alcohol and caffeine, encourage the body to expel water, leaving you prone to dehydration. High-sodium foods are another problem since eating too much salt can draw on your body's water supply. Because sugar affects the body in the same way as salt by draining water from cells, sweet snacks are yet another pitfall to avoid.
Harsh Chemical Skin Care
Another cause for dehydrated skin is extreme skin care products that strip your complexion of natural oils, allowing water to escape. The use of ingredients that are artificial or chemical can punish the skin, leaving it vulnerable to water loss.
Treating Dehydrated Skin
The best way to cleanse dehydrated skin is with a gentle body wash and lukewarm water. Choose body wash that are free of harsh chemical additives and artificial fragrances that can strip the skin of beneficial moisture and aggravate sensitivities.
Using lotion after each shower is good to replenish our hydration. Fast absorption type of lotion would be good especially during day time. Use it on your damp skin for better result.
Ingredients that is good for skin hydration:
Glycerin is a humectant, meaning that it draws water to itself. Putting it on your skin helps draw water to the skin. Although other humectant ingredients may be in the spotlight these days, glycerin is still one of the most common hydrating ingredients that you’ll see on ingredients labels.
Aloe Vera is actually known for being extremely hydrating and can even be used raw as a moisturizer in the right form.
Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn't busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells.
What ingredients are used?
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil
It's especially good at balancing out natural oils, making beneficial for oily or acne-prone skin. Stimulating properties.Peppermint promotes blood flow and helps to liven up your skin. The menthol helps to brighten and wake up your skin so you are left looking fresh and hydrated.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Essential Oil
Rosemary Oil is an antioxidant, which gives it anti-aging properties. Additionally, it will help prevent damage to your skin from environmental agents. Rosemary Oil has a stimulating effect on skin. It improves circulation, which means that this oil can help reduce puffiness by removing excess water from the skin.
Boosts skin hydration to a level that wrinkles and lines are diminishing. Most importantly, as saccharide isomerate increases hyaluronic acid synthesis in the skin, the anti-wrinkle effects tend to be long-lasting.
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Organic Aloe Vera
Has an antiseptic properties. Helps to promote skin hydration.
Protects skin from dehydration and acts as an effective moisturizer.
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