DEHYDRATION OR DRY SKIN?
Does your skin feel tight, dull, itchy or sensitive? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions then chances are that you are suffering from either dry or dehydrated skin. People often think that “dry” and “dehydrated” skin are the same thing. Truth is, they aren’t.
SKIN TYPE VS. SKIN CONDITION
First and foremost we need to establish the difference between a skin type and a skin condition. Skin type is what you’re born with, such as oily skin caused by over productive sebaceous (oil) glands. A skin condition is caused by outside influences like, diet, stress, environment or use of the wrong products. Some examples of a skin condition would be psoriasis, eczema, Rosacea or even melasma (pregnancy mask). It would be better to determine whether your dry skin stems from a skin condition or a skin type because that will determine your treatment plan.
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that is related to the water content of the skin. It typically occurs during the cold, dry winter months. But a poor diet high in salt or stimulants, such as coffee; lifestyle choices, such as smoking, medication or illness; unsuitable makeup and skincare products could also be a factor. When the skin is dehydrated, the sebaceous glands produce more oil in order to compensate for the lack of water. Additionally, those with redness-prone or Rosacea skin can often experience a higher rate of epidermal dehydration, because the heat present with their condition can encourage TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss). This can make the skin feel both oily and dry at the same time, which can cause irritation, breakouts, rough and dry patches to form.
The best way to treat dehydrated skin is to up your water intake, especially after a workout or spending time in the sun. Try to eat water-rich foods like cucumbers, zucchini, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, star fruit, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, baby carrots, cantaloupe. I also, love, love, love Image Skincare Vital C hydrating enzyme masque. The exfoliating enzymes will slough away dead skin cells while quenching thirsty skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Dry skin is a skin type that is related to oil production. Skin is genetically predisposed to inadequate oil production, which leads to chronic dryness, or skin may become dry as oil production decreases with age. It’s generally not just your face that suffers. Often those who have this skin type have itchy, flaky skin all over including the hands, legs and scalp. This dryness and lack of barrier function is a leading cause of dehydration because, with no protective barrier, skin is susceptible to transepidermal water loss (TEWL). In this case, even if enough water is being taken in, the skin will be unable to retain that hydration. According to international esthetic educator, Florence Barrett-Hill: “There is a simple law of physics that can be applied to TEWL and that is: Oil sits on top of water. Logically, if we wanted to retain water within the epidermis or to slow down water movement, the oil phases of the skin are the key to achieving this.
Dry skin is more prone to premature aging, which is why you will want an oil-based product that will both moisturize and gently exfoliate. Image Skincare’s Vital C hydrating anti-aging serum uses oil-soluble Vitamin C, as well as Vitamins A and E mixed with powerful anti-oxidants that will leave your skin looking healthy and hydrated.