Monday, April 13, 2015

Dry or Dehydrated?

Is your skin naturally on the dry side or is it dehydrated?  Determining which is important in providing your skin with the product(s) needed. 

"Dry" is a skin type related to oil production.  If your skin is genetically predisposed to produce less than adequate oils, then you are likely going to have chronically dry skin.  If this is your problem it can worsen when you use a powdery make-up or harsh skin cleansing products that strip away the little oils you have.

"Dehydrated" is a skin condition related to the water content of skin cells.  It is associated with a crepiness or small lines that form when skin is manipulated.  Common causes are mostly lifestyle based, including smoking, certain medications, a diet high in salt or caffeine as well as seasonal changes and environmental factors such as heating and cooling systems.  It is also a good indication you are not drinking enough water each day.

What can you do?  There are some options that can make a difference and help you reduce those small lines and wrinkles. 

An oil infusion can be very effective.  First wash your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser and exfoliator.  If you don't already have one, DermaE's Glycolic Facial Cleanser with Marine Plant Extracts is great for this!  Next smooth on the skin oil.  We can recommend Amir 100% Pure Rosehip Oil or Amir 100% Pure Argan Oil.  Leaving the oil on the face, apply steam for 10 minutes.  (If you have a facial steamer, great!.  If not, boil water, remove from the stove and put inside a "tent" you make with a towel.  Be very careful not to burn yourself.). 

Other ingredients you want to look for in your skin care lotion:
  • Naicinamide, a potent form of vitamin B-3 that is a multifunctional approach to both dryness and dehyration by boosting ceramides and fatty acids. 
  • Multi-weight hyaluronic acid is well known as a skin hydrating ingredient that is very effective.  You want a product that features multiple weights so all skin health is addressed. 
  • Acetyl hexapeptide-37 is a powerful skin tool.  It's a protein found naturally in the skin and it regulates the way hydration moves between the basal layers of the skin. 
A final thought.  All of the above help, but only when used consistently.  There is no miracle or instant cure for dry or dehydrated skin, but you can keep it looking its best by being consistent in your skin care regimen.

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