There is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin as well as specific factors that contribute to both skin types. Dry skin can be hereditary or caused by a lack of moisture due to stripping the skin of its natural hydrolipid of oils, cold weather and aging also cause skin to lose moisture and become dry. Dehydrated skin is thirsty skin and most often than not a result of a poor diet, certain lifestyle choices like smoking, high sugar diet or hormonal imbalances. When your skin is simply dry moisturizers, oils or creams seem to cure the tightness and soothe the dryness. When skin is dehydrated it can often feel irritated, breakout prone and oddly enough oily by the end of the day as well as the use of creams or oils still won't alleviate the feeling or tight, painful skin. Sounds weird, but it's true. Some people can't seem to differentiate the two types of skin problems and often incorrectly treat their skin.
If you're still unsure what type of skin condition, dry vs. dehydrated you suffer from you may want to check with these two simple "tests." First, observe your urine. If your urine is bright yellow or orange you are dehydrated. If it is clear and mostly colorless then you likely have dry skin and that's easier to treat. There are a few simple tips that can get you looking fresh and glowy again, but you should also invest in good non-toxic skincare for dry skin and a completely different regimen for dehydrated skin. The latter leads you on the road to wrinkles, loss of elasticity, thinning of the tissue and veiny transluscent skin much faster than need be.
If you're feeling on the dehydrated side we have a few steps to get your skin looking and performing better. First, the obvious, increase your water intake, drinking green tea or flavored water counts so drink up. Have your hormones checked. Being peri-menopausal, menopause, pregnant or thyroid issues can be reasons you're constantly dehydrated. Eat more water rich foods as a snack and swap out the salty nuts, processed meats and cheeses and mid-afternoon sugar loaded lattes for a hummus and veggie plater, berries and yogurt with a touch of manuka honey, fresh pressed juices, cashew milk protein shakes and delicious citrus and melons, which are water and vitamin concentrated. Add an active facial mist to your skincare. Mists that are simply water based with essential oils or fragrance added may offer pretty scents, but don't help much to deliver active ingredients to the water starved cell. Water evaporates and although it's better to have some water to help create a micro-emulsion and hydrate the skin, it's so much better to start with a mist formulated with hydrosols, aloe vera or enzyme infused ingredients and hyaluronic acid to provide volume, moisture and firmness to the skin.
Our three step day program consists of Vitamin C, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. These star products contain all of these elements:
For Nighttime try a program with plenty of Vitamin A benefits, Peptides and again Hyaluronic acid. Mist your skin with Jardin de Fleurs and while damp apply Aria to create an instant highly concentrated moisturizer then a few drops of Barbary Fig Renewal Serum followed by another mist of Jardin de Fleurs. This is a combination of all the ingredients your skin needs for nighttime repair and a cell volumizing ritual.
Try making some of these changes to balance your skin type and reverse damage for healthy, plump looking skin and don't forget to drink up!