Friday, October 5, 2012

Top Tips for Skin Dehydration

Approximately 98 percent of the populations are affected in varying degrees, with symptoms associated with skin dehydration.  Hydrated skin means your skin has adequate amounts of moisture in the tissues.  This moisture is water and not oil.  Your skin will look healthy and youthful when the underlying tissue remain hydrated with trapped water.  On the other hand, dehydrated skin looks dull, dry and unhealthy.  This occurs when your skin is not able to maintain a healthy level of moisture in the tissues.

This blog will help you understand the causes, signs, symptoms and treatments available for dry dehydrated skin.

What Causes Dry Dehydrated Skin?
Several factors may cause skin dehydration, including:

1.  If you don't moisturize, or use cleansers and soaps with harsh ingredients that strip the skin of moisture.

2.  Genetics which may predispose you to eczema, allergies and in general 'sensitive skin', can also cause water loss due to unhealthy skin conditions.
 
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3. Certain ingredients tend to cause dehydration, with the main one being sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  SLS is found in many cleansers and most soaps.  Not only is it drying, but also harsh and irritating.  It's always best to use SLS free cleansers and soaps.

However, it's a fine line between keeping your skin hydrated with safe, non-irritating ingredients, versus using those with harsh formulas and ingredients.

4.  Another important cause of dehydrated skin is when you are overly exposed to harsh environmental conditions, (wind, cold, sun).

5.  Certain medications or illness may cause your body to become dehydrated and therefore, affect your skin.  For example, diuretics, cold and flu remedies may dry up the mucous and eventually damage the skin's surface as a side effect. Under these situations, moisture escapes or is evaporated, which results with compromised barrier function of your skin.
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Signs & Symptoms of Dehydrated Skin
Dry dehydrated skin may include many signs.   Scaly skin, itchy taut skin, and premature aging are some of the signs and symptoms of dehydrated skin. 

Skin Dehydration Treatment
Dermatologists agree you can have oily or dry dehydrated skin.  This of course, makes sense, since it's about water loss from the tissues.  Even if you have oily skin and use harsh skin products that damage your skin, you can have unhealthy, dehydrated skin.

For oily skin,  you want to choose non-oil water binding ingredients in your products. 

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Certain ingredients tend to bind water and help keep your skin hydrated.  These include:
  • Glycerine
  • Alpha hydroxy acids
  • Shea butter
  • Hyaluronic acid
Shea butter is excellent for keeping your skin hydrated, especially if you have dry dehydrated skin.
Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water to keep your body from becoming dehydrated, as well.  Use non-irritating, safe skin and body care products formulated for sensitive skin, and keep a healthy routine of care for your skin.  This should include gentle cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.

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