Dry or Dehydrated Skin?

What’s The Difference Between Dry & Dehydrated Skin At RITUAL Skin Clinics, Hampshire

What’s The Difference Between Dry & Dehydrated Skin At RITUAL Skin Clinics, Hampshire

My glass may not have managed to stay “dry” in January but you know what did?

My skin!

We’re halfway into Feb, and I can still feel the itchy, tightness on my face.

It’s irritating and I feel like I’m not giving my skin the nourishment it needs.

Sound familiar?

Okay, so let’s do a deep dive into Dry Skin in the Winter.

First up, Dry or Dehydrated? What’s the difference and which one do I have?

Although the symptoms of dry and dehydrated skin can seem the same on the surface, the underlying causes are very different. Truly dry skin is felt deep down and is caused by a lack of sebum, the natural oils that the skin produces. It is a skin type, and you likely suffer with dryness, flakiness and a feeling of tightness on the skin all year round.

Dehydration is caused by a lack of water in the skin. It’s more superficial. The skin’s GAG cells aren’t holding sufficient water to keep the skin feeling smooth and supple. It’s likely that you suffer in the Winter months but the skin is able to rebalance in the Summer.

Why does my skin feel dry in the Winter?

Well, during the Winter months our skin’s barrier function (protection) is more likely to become compromised due to environmental conditions such as the cold, wind, central heating etc. This leads to TWEL, trans-epidermal water loss or effectively water being sucked out of our skin.

Eek! What should I do?

Your key ingredient here is Hylauronic Acid. I recommend Alumier’s Ultimate Boost for the face and neck and AluminEye for the eye area.

Any other tips?

Yes of course! You know me!

Ready for a list?

  • A super hot soak might be appealing when it’s cold outside, but keep those for a special treat.
  • Cooler, lukewarm showers are much better for maintaining hydrated skin. Also cheaper and better for the environment too!
  • You’ll be bored of hearing this, but it’s got to be mentioned.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Exfoliate. This might seem counterintuitive, and I certainly would not recommend doing this too frequently, but removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin will ensure that you are hydrating the lovely fresh, juicy skin cells beneath.
  • Eat well. Hydrate and nourish from the inside out.
  • I know snuggling up in a house cozy with warm central heating is lush, but it also dries the air meaning our skin has nowhere to draw moisture from. It’s a bit like sitting in a giant dehumidifier! 

Hope you found that helpful, let’s cheers to hydration!

Selina x

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