Dehydrated skin – winter skin needs some special care
Will drinking more water help?
As you age your skin loses its capacity to change with the change of season, often becoming dehydrated during the Winter which can be a surprise as it’s considered a “wet” season with more moisture in the air. The reality is that the air in Winter contains less water and then once you turn on the heaters this is reduced even further. This means that, unless your skin is quite young, your skin becomes dehydrated very easily.
You notice more lines, a dull lacklustre look, more uneven tones, less suppleness and a general tired appearance. These are all signs of a dehydrated skin. Dehydration is a skin condition which can affect all skin types once they begin to age which is around 25 years. So, whether you have naturally dry, oily or combination skin you may be dehydrated. Often skin feels both dry and oily. This is due to the skin fighting back with an increase in oil production which may cause congestion and acne. In clinic we commonly see clients with long term dehydrated skin having developed milia in the under eye, high cheek area.
Dehydrated skin is aggravated by lifestyle issues such as poor diet, alcohol, smoking and water intake as well as climatic conditions, stress and the products you choose to use on your skin. Harsh products and nasty chemicals inflame the skin causing the cells to lose the ability to hold moisture.
Will drinking more water help?
No not really as your cells need the ability to hold the water in and around them. It is important to drink at least 2 litres per day and decrease your caffeine and alcohol, however more importantly, you need to make it easier for your skin to retain moisture.
How to treat dehydrated skin
- Humidify the air. Sleep with bowls of water in the room or buy a humidifier.
- Turn the heater and electric blanket off at night, direct the heater in the car away from your face.
- Carry a mist with you always. It will penetrate your makeup without upsetting it and keep you hydrated. Sit it beside your water bottle on your desk! CosMedix Mystic and Osmosis MD Boost are our current favourites!
- Read the labels on your products ensuring there are no nasty’s. They dry your skin out further.
- Ensure you have the best moisturiser for dehydrated skin, containing moisture retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, resveratrol and lots of antioxidants, peptides and growth factors. Nourishing your skin is as important as cleansing.
- Avoid harsh scrubs and facial treatments especially during this time.
Once your skin is well hydrated you’ll find your actives (serums) will work more efficiently, you’ll have less down time following treatments and your makeup will sit better and last longer.
Specific dehydrated skin products
If your skin feels dry during the day, using a water spray will make an enormous difference. CosMedix Mystic or Osmosis MD Boost mists are perfect for people working in an air-conditioned or heated environment. Keep it on your desk and use regularly. They may be used as a daily moisturiser for oily and breakout-prone skin as well as sprayed over make-up. Both are based on heavy water, contain antioxidants and help with other ingredients to penetrate.
It is wise to also give yourself an enzyme mask at least weekly. All of our masks are healing, nourishing, stimulating and hydrating although they all have a different focus. Using one will mean you’ll enter Spring looking more radiant and fresh.
Avoiding the issue – try a dehydrated skin treatment!
Just making few changes to your Summer regime can save your skin during the winter months and it certainly is the time to enjoy some more “hard-core” rejuvenating skin treatments – we love a good Lactobotanical treatment for hydration also. Starting the Spring season without pigmentation, capillaries and with a boost to your collagen generally brings a quiet smile to anyone’s face.
Enjoy your newly well-plumped hydrated skin!
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