Our skin can become dry and flaky from time to time. But is your skin just dry or is it dehydrated? And what is the difference between the two?
Dry skin is a categorised "skin type". Symptoms often show skin that is rough and flaky in texture.
Dehydration is a condition that we all experience at some point in our lives. The skin appears:
- fine lines appear more accentuated
People experiencing dehydrated skin find it difficult for their skin to retain moisture. Signs and Symptoms are often contributed by lifestyle factors including hot showers, alcohol intake, smoking, air conditioning, ducted heating and skin care products which are too harsh.
Climate can also play a role where the heat and sun and also the extreme cold and chilling winds create an environment which is very drying.
So what can be done to improve moisture retained by the skin for both dehydrated and " dry skin types"?
Here are some simple suggestions which are easy to implement into your lifestyle:
1. Drink plenty of water!
Yes, it's always number one remedy for most of our bodily ailments. But it's true, as we lose water through bodily functions every day, its vital to our health to replenish it well. So drink up!
2. Use a good quality serum containing Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in the body and helps our skin retain water. Serums also have the ability to penetrate deeper than a moisturiser so it is definitely worth the extra investment. Avoid harsh skin care cleansers and exfoliants.
3. Sun Protection.
Protecting ourselves from the sun is nothing new but it has been shown to reduce the onset of premature ageing and reduces damaging UV over exposure.
4. Reduce or Avoid Alcohol Consumption and Smoking.
Again nothing new here. We are all well aware of the effects these can have on our skin, so the best way to combat these effects is to cut down as much as possible and supplement with the other suggestions in this post!
5. Balanced diet.
Yes food is often natures " medicine" when it comes to our health. Eating foods high in omega 3 and antioxidants have proven to contribute to glowing, healthy skin. They also help with cell regeneration which is great for helping with dry flaky skin.
So there you have it, a quick guide to helping you with your dry skin issues!