Caroline made a fantastic cheat sheet on Dry vs Dehydrated skin and how you can have oily skin that is dehydrating. New news to me!
Here is what Caroline explained about the differences in skin types and conditions !
“Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying reasons.
Dry Skin – normally a skin type but can be a temporary skin condition
- caused by lack of oil in the skin
- small pores
- ‘tight’ feeling
- may be flaky
- milia, blackheads and spots may still be present
- skin looks dull
- skin is not plump
- doesn’t absorb products easily
- easily irritated – more likely to suffer reactions to products
- aggravated by poor skincare
Dehydrated Skin – is a skin condition affecting any skin type – including DRY
- caused by lack of water in the skin
- pores can be large or small
- skin feels tight and dry although it can confusingly sometimes look oily and have breakouts
- absorbs moisturizers really quickly
- blackheads and spots are still visible
- makeup disappears (and goes patchy) throughout the day as the skin is absorbing any water in your foundation
- skin looks ‘ashen’
- aggravated by lifestyle circumstances – may suffer from a lot of headaches
Skin is made up of 70% water – around 20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.
The following can cause dehydration –
- Environment – wind, cold air, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning, central heating
- Diet – the wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods, not drinking enough
- Lifestyle – stress , poor skincare routine, using the wrong products, medication – including birth control, smoking
- Genetics – monthly cycle, pregnancy
It is quite common to be both dry and dehydrated but if by looking at the above you have ascertained that you are one or the other – these do’s and don’t might help.
Do and Do Not:
- Do upgrade your moisturizer to something suitable for dry skin if you recognize the signs – go for products using the words ‘nourishing’
- Do change your moisturizer to something labelled ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
- Do steer clear of foaming anything – keep the bubbles for your dishes
- Do use balms, oils and serums for dry skin.
- Do use milks, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated
- Do stay away from mineral oils, silicone (in skincare – not makeup), lanolins and synthetic fragrance which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.”
So, what is the magic to getting hydration back to your face? Hydroluric Acid!! It holds up to 100 times it’s own weight in water.
Doctor Oz covered the who, what and why of Hydroluric Acid!
He explains, that it is a powerful humectant which is a moisture-binder. This keeps skin plump and hydrated and looking young!
Biology geekout: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.
As a baby you are born with extra H.A but over time you no longer have the fresh dewy baby skin and need a little help. While you’re never going to get back that perfectly dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and get a fresher, more supple look.
There are serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous results , you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.
Applied topically, it will increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage.
Bonus: Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.
It is all about prevention of wrinkles and making sure your skin is kept fresh and hydrated.
Hope you babes learned something helpful!