Dehydrated skin simply means our skin is lacking water. Our skin’s water levels are mostly determined by what we eat and drink but can also be enhanced by quality skincare products. In general, consuming water throughout the day is important for our health. In terms of anti-aging, water aides in proper organ function which, in turn, aides in cellular turnover. Cell turnover is vital to rejuvenating the skin.
- Supports water-holding capacity in the skin
- Helps skin stay soft and supple
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines
If the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water our skin will lose elasticity, appear dull, be rough to the touch and feel tight. In other words, dehydration makes our skin look aged. Adequate hydration can go a long way in keeping us looking and feeling young.
I personally struggle with oily skin, but that is not an indication of having overly-hydrated skin. Most skin types can benefit from hydration through an effective topical solution like hyaluronic acid (HA) which our bodies produce naturally and attracts water. One of my favorite products for this purpose is HA5 by SkinMedica. I use it morning and night along with my moisturizer. Another great choice would be Intense Defense Serum by Epionce.
Skin in need of moisturizing is actually lacking oil. While hydration is what makes our skin soft, it won’t stay that way if there is no oil protecting the water from evaporating. Conversely, to put oil on dehydrated skin may make feel smooth initially, it will still lack the necessary hydration. Just as collagen and elastin levels decrease with age, so does the natural hydration of our skin.
- Maintains natural skin barrier lipids
- Helps seal in water
- Blocks environmental dehydrators
People with more oily skin, or problematic skin feel like they don’t need a lot of moisture, which could be true. For a moisturizer, I use Renewal Lite Facial Lotion by Epionce because I tend to produce a good amount of oil or “moisture” naturally. For those that require more moisture, a great choice would be Dermal Repair Cream by SkinMedica.
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