Identifying Dry Skin
Dry skin is considered a skin type—like oily skin, normal skin, combination skin, etc. When your skin is dry, it has almost no oil present on the surface. Dry skin can get better or worse due to internal and external factors, including weather, season, skincare regimen and so much more. People who experience dry skin usually have visible, flaky patches on the surface of the skin. They tend to be sensitive to temperature extremes and their fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable. The upside is that those with dry skin tend to have fewer breakouts than those with oily skin.
If you have dry skin, you definitely need to choose a facial cleanser that is formulated for dry skin to help replenish that much-needed moisture. You’ll want to use a facial serum coupled with daytime and night-time moisturiser to help nourish your dry skin. And, of course, you want to keep your entire body hydrated with a nourishing body lotion, to be applied immediately after your bath or shower when the skin is still damp. The good thing about dry skin is that you can help alleviate the symptoms and keep your skin looking fabulous.
The Causes of Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin is an actual condition that can affect any skin type, no matter what type you have. In other words, everyone’s skin is prone to dehydration. Dehydrated skin is the result of the body needing moisture, both inside and out. As Herbalife Nutrition Expert Susan Bowerman always says, most people need 8–12 cups of fluid a day (about 2–3 litres). But the needs vary somewhat, depending on your age, gender and activity level.
In reality, the signs of dehydrated skin are quite similar to those you get from sunburn. Dehydrated skin can occur at any time throughout the year and is often aggravated by the weather, air conditioning, indoor heat, wind, baths or saunas and, of course, our lifestyle choices. We also need to be conscientious of what we’re putting on our skin. Using skincare products that contain a lot of harsh and irritating ingredients, or that aren’t dermatologist-tested, can further provoke the condition.
So, what can we do? Be sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Be conscientious about what you are putting in and on your body. Be diligent with your morning and evening skincare regimen. Look for moisturising ingredients, such as Aloe Vera, to provide the skin with the much-needed moisture it lacks. Choose facial and body cleansers with no added sulphates, as they will be much gentler on the skin. And be sure to always apply your moisturiser from head to toe to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. If you are really suffering, you may want to consider a warm mist humidifier to increase the humidity in your home or office.
Keeping your body well hydrated both inside and out, contributes to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful. A healthy diet coupled with a daily skincare regimen is exactly what your skin needs. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.