It is imperative that we try to keep our skin as hydrated as possible. Water is one of the most essential ingredients for the skin whatever your age. Not only does maintaining an optimal moisture level help achieve a smooth epidermis, it will also ensure a more youthful look without the need for expensive cosmetic treatments.
What causes skin dehydration?
There are a number of factors that can contribute towards skin dehydration, they range from working in an overheated or air-conditioned environment, to not getting enough sleep, to simply not drinking enough water! Smokers are also more prone to developing dehydrated skin because smoking affects the blood flow, which in turn slows down the release of the vital nutrients your skin needs such as oxygen and Vitamin C, which is essential to protect your skin from toxins and produce collagens, the natural proteins of your body.
How can you tell if your skin is dehydrated?
Dehydrated skin often appears as dry skin, there is a difference though. Dehydrated skin lacks moisture whilst dry skin lacks lipids, which are moisture resistant fats, although this can still lead to dehydration. There are a few quick and easy ways to test if your skin is dehydrated but general signs to look out for are an oily “T-Zone” with tight feeling skin across your cheeks, this is one of the most common ways to self-diagnose skin dehydration. Another quick test is to push your cheeks towards your nose with your palm, if you can see lots of fine wrinkles appear in the skin, then its a good indicator that your skin is lacking moisture.
What can I do to combat dehydrated skin?
Every woman is unique and so is the moisture level of her skin. When the weather is cold, dehydrated skin will start to feel dry, tight and sore. You may feel uncomfortable being in your own skin, which progresses aging by making finer lines visible. In a more mild climate though, you could still be affected through air conditioning or pollution.
The most natural way to rehydrate your skin is to drink plenty of water. Most of us find it hard to meet the standard 8 glasses of water a day, so don’t worry if you can’t either, but try to carry a refillable bottle of water around with you at all times and you will naturally find yourself drinking much more of those vital fluids than you would usually.
Exfoliating the skin once a week to remove dead cells will help your skin soak up any moisturiser you choose more easily. Any more than once a week your skin could start to become dependent on exfoliation causing an oily build up. There are lots of moisturisers out there that claim to help combat dehydrated skin, see the list of recommended products from amazon at the end of article.
The Hydraquench range of Clarins skin care products has been created to help combat the signs of skin dehydration and relieve the soreness associated with tight feeling skin. The active ingredient in this range, called Katafray bark extract, comes from the trees of the Madagascan jungle! Katafray bark extract is used in other traditional medicines and is proven to boost the bodies natural hydration and to help skin maintain its moisture levels by reinforcing its barrier.
Whichever moisturiser you choose, try to find a cream for the day that has a good built in SPF, and a night cream that offers good hydrating properties. By moisturising well and drinking plenty of water you should start to notice the difference to the way your skin feels within a week or two.