Is your skin feeling parched, flaky or tight? Wrinkles seemingly more visible than usual? Your skin may be dry or dehydrated.
First things first, what is the difference between dry and dehydrated?
- Dry skin lacks oil.
- Dehydrated skin lacks water.
So.. What is making your skin dryer or more dehydrated than usual?
Hot Steamy Showers
They feel so good.. they must be good for my skin?
As good as a steamy shower feels, your skin wont thank you for it in the long run.. Hot showers strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin parched.
Soaps & Face Wipes
Be selective of what products you use on your skin, especially your face.
The use of exfoliation and harsh cleansers in an attempt to clean your skin can further strip it of its natural oils leaving it tight and dry.
Over-Exfoliation (& Derma-Planning)
Those ‘dead’ skin cells on the outer layer of our skin are there for a reason! To protect the immature ‘baby’ cells beneath and to keep moisture locked into your skin.
Read our blog post: The Pros and Cons of Exfoliation and Peeling Facials, for more insight.
The instant plumpness and smoothness you get from exfoliation of a derma-planing facial, is contributing to skin dryness and premature ageing in the long term.
Naturally, as we age our bodily processes slow down.
Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this is decreases in natural moisture levels, which can leave even an oily skin feeling dryer as you age.
Lack of Good Fats
We’re talking ‘good fats’ as in the mono and poly un-saturated fats found in:
- Oily Fish (Such as salmon and mackerel)
- Nuts + Seeds
Increasing the amount of these ‘good fats’ in your diet will help to improve the quality of your skins phospholipid bi-layer; thus keeping moisture locked in. And your skin feeling hydrated and looking plump.
Lack of Water
We all know we need to drink approximately 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day.
All of your bodies organs require water and your skin being your bodies largest organ is no exception. Not enough water will leave your skin looking like a prune.