Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated?
Skin is generally classified as being dry, oily or combination.
We don’t often think about it, but there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin: dry skin lacks oil, while dehydrated skin lacks moisture.
Both oil and moisture are important for maintaining skin balance. The lack of either can cause skin to look sallow and age faster. Dehydration causes dry skin to look more wrinkled, too.
Common causes of dry skin are: genetics and hormonal make-up.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, occurs when diet is poor, your water intake is inadequate, the climate you live in is dry, or you are using harsh chemical-laden skincare products. Stress is another major aggravating factor.
The good news: both dry and dehydrated skin can benefit tremendously from some simple home care. Here are 5 tips which, if followed regularly, can take your skin from rundown to radiant:
- Do not use hot water in your shower or bath–it strips natural oils from the skin, causing it to be even drier and more dehydrated. Enjoy a comforting warm-water soak by all means.
- Start drinking more water. It helps skin cells regenerate.
- Exfoliate more often: help the skin shed dead cells and renew itself.
- Use a humidifier in your home. Central heating keeps you warm but also takes away moisture from the air, leaving skin dry and irritated.
- Double up on hydration by using a facial oil under your moisturizer.
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