Is my skin dry or dehydrated? Have you been asking yourself this question lately? They sound similar, but dehydrated skin and dry skin are different. Dryness is caused by a lack of natural oil in the skin, while dehydration means your skin lacks water. It’s possible to have both dry and dehydrated skin, but you may just have one or the other.
But how can I tell?
Symptoms of dry skin
- Flaky skin
- Skin irritation
Symptoms of dehydrated skin
- Dull/dark looking skin
- Prominent dark circles and shadows around eyes
- Appearance of fine lines/wrinkles
- Dry mouth
- Puffy eyes
The good news is, there are a range of treatments and preventative measures that can help you prevent and treat both dryness and dehydration.
Hydrate or Moisturise?
While hydrating your skin requires you to add water to it, moisturising your skin implies adding ingredients that lock the water inside. Moisturising and hydrating go hand in hand.
If you only add water to your skin, it may temporarily feel plump. However, the water will escape from your skin if there is nothing to retain it.
Moisturising involves adding ingredients that lock in the moisture and repair your skin’s barrier. This prevents water loss and improves your skin’s texture and health
How to hydrate your skin
The simplest first step is drinking more water. Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day, so your skin cells will have the water content they need to maintain health. Your diet can also have an impact. Fruit and vegetables – especially leafy greens, brassicas, tomatoes, and citrus fruits – are essential. Nuts, whole grains, eggs, salmon, and fortified milk can also be beneficial. It’s about giving your body – and your skin – the nutrients it needs to keep your skin cells healthy and hydrated.
The next step is preventing water loss through outside elements. Avoiding the sun at peak times, wearing a hat and clothing to protect skin when you’re outside, and using a good sunscreen can all help prevent sun damage.
Water plays a vital role in how our skin looks and feels, without adequate water our skin appears duller, and signs of ageing are more prominent.
It’s also essential to establish a good skincare regime. Cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising all play their roles in helping skin stay healthy and hydrated.
A good health and hydration regime will include products designed to help your skin attract and retain moisture. Saccaride Isomerate is a key naturally derived ingredient often referred to as natures Hyaluronic Acid, that helps skin to hold onto moisture. This is a huge benefit to your skin especially during the changing seasons.
Have a look at our range of moisturising and hydrating products on our website www.blessedbynature.com.au all made in Australia from locally sourced ingredients in beautiful tubes and bottles that are made including post-consumer recycled plastic.
So, join us, say yes, and bless your skin the natural way.
Love, the Blessed by NatureTeam x