Dry or dehydrated skin looks older and more wrinkled than healthy skin, but it's not as simple as just slapping on a heavy moisturiser. While a lack of oil causes dryness, dehydration is a lack of water.
"Skin’s surface layers have between 10% to 30% water content, and maintaining this level of hydration is tremendously important. The second fact is that intact skin does a far better job of holding hydration than impaired skin."
(via Paula's Choice)
Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is crucial for a healthy functioning body. However, if you're using the wrong products or sunbathing, no amount of water consumption will make a difference to your skin. Think of managing skin hydration as an internal and external process - protect the lipid barrier of your skin and replenish your body with adequate water throughout the day.
Here's the truth: If the skin's surface is irritated or broken, it won't be able to retain moisture. But what causes the skin's barrier to be disturbed? UV damage, extreme heat or cold, astringent toners, harsh cleansers, alcohol-based products, rough exfoliants, and fragrance (including natural fragrances like essential oils). As skin ages, it will naturally get drier, but there is plenty you can do to keep it nourished and protected.
Top tips to combat dehydrated and dry skin
- Be gentle and never over cleanse or scrub your skin. This disturbs the natural lipid (oil) barrier and causes water loss and irritation. Avoid all products that contain alcohol or fragrance.
- Take peptide collagen daily. This study showed significantly increased skin hydration after only eight weeks of supplementation, alongside increased collagen density.
- We all know that sun exposure causes skin aging, but it also majorly affects water levels in the skin, so always wear sunscreen!
- Use skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid - a water-binding ingredient that occurs naturally in the skin. Try a potent serum like Adashiko Collagen + Noni Gel.
- Avoid hot water and prolonged water exposure. Short, warm showers and baths are best.
- Ditch the harsh cleanser, soaps, body washes and opt for gentle sulphate-free products.
- Use a hydrating mask once or twice a week to give your skin a boost. Adashiko Collagen Gel Cloth Masques contain hyaluronic acid and peptide collagen for an intense moisture hit! Great for long plane trips too.