• Chris

CONCERNS: Dehydrated Skin

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

So what exactly is dehydrated skin and what causes it?


While dry skin occurs due to a lack of oils and is considered more of a skin type, dehydrated skin refers specifically to a lack of water and is a temporary skin condition often resulting from a compromised skin barrier. Although it may feel like a contradiction it is quite common for people to have both oily and dehydrated skin.

The skin barrier is made up of skin cells and lipids. The types of lipids which make up the mortar of the skin barrier fall into three classes; Ceramides, Cholesterols and free Fatty Acids. It is normally a lack of these lipids which leads to a compromised skin barrier and its associated water loss and increased sensitivity.  Some of the primary causes of a compromised skin barrier include:​

  • Over cleansing

  • Over exfoliating

  • Exposure to extreme weather/ temperature changes

  • Stress

  • Poor diet

  • The effect of some medications

If your skin barrier has been compromised you may feel a tightness within the skin and feel that your usual skin care products start to cause irritation. The damaged skin barrier becomes permeable and is no longer able to retain moisture through a process known as trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) or keep out irritants. As a consequence the skin becomes dehydrated and sensitive. 


how can dehydrated skin be treated?

There are a few suggestions below which should help to combat the problems associated with dehydrated skin:

  • Reduce the amount you are cleansing and if you are not already then use a cleanser which is gentle and has a pH of 4.5-6.5

  • Reduce the frequency and strength of your exfoliation routine

  • Temporarily avoid 'Actives' in your skin care such as; Retinoids, Vitamin C, AHA/BHAs etc

  • Avoid extremes of temperature; always use luke warm rather than hot or cold water when cleansing

  • If you wear make-up try to reduce or avoid this for a period as these products often contain drying ingredients

  • Avoid potential irritants and allergens in your skin care such as synthetic fragrance and/or fragrance derived from essential oils

  • Eat a greater amount of omega rich foods such as fish, nuts and seeds

If you do not already then it is recommended that you introduce skin care products into your routine which have the following properties:

  • Skin Barrier Repairing i.e. contain; cholesterol, ceramides and/or essential fatty acids to rebuild the skin barrier.

  • Moisture Boosting i.e. contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin which bind water to the upper layers of the skin.

Which skin care products could help combat the condition?


Below are a some of our favourite products which have the properties listed above and which we hope will help you in your fight against dehydrated skin:


Green People

Hydrating Calming Serum


Brought to you by Green People this lightweight serum provides the moisture boosting properties someone with dehydrated skin will crave. In addition to glycerin which is an excellent humectant the product contains the following beneficial ingredients:


Everlasting Flower and Chamomile

Rich in flavonoids, instantly reducing oxidative stress and soothing skin inflammation.


Tara Bush 

Rich in polysaccharides, has strong moisture-binding properties.


Green Marine Macro Algae

Ensures intense hydration to deeper skin tissues, increases collagen, regenerates, firms and softens the skin.

Marshmallow

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation and leaving a soothing, protective barrier on the skin to maintain moisture levels and aid wound healing.

Aloe Vera

Rich in mucopolysaccharides, giving it excellent soothing, healing and moisturising properties.


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Odylique

Superfruit Concentrate Serum


This organic face oil brought to you by Odylique is a blend of super-strength 100% organic rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate, giving an exceptional synergy of 5 omega fatty acids, plus antioxidant vitamins and nature’s miracle phytosterols; a plant based equivalent of cholesterol. Some of the properties of the ingredients in this serum include:


Rosehip Oil

For skin smoothing and cell-renewal. 


Pomegranate

Protecting and repairing.

Sea Buckthorn

For cell-regeneration and UV-damage protection.

Avocado

Hydrating and vitamin-replenishing. 

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Lyonsleaf

Calendula & Marshmallow Balm


An unfragranced balm from Lyonsleaf made with pure plant oils, beeswax, home grown herbs and nothing else. Great for those with dry and dehydrated skin particularly for those with inflamed skin but may be a bit heavy for those who are dehydrated but oily. Some of the beneficial ingredients include:


Calendula Flower and Marshmallow Root Extract

Calming and anti-inflammatory helping to reduce redness and irritation and leaving a soothing, protective barrier on the skin to maintain moisture levels and aid wound healing.

Babassu Oil

Calms redness and itchy inflamed skin.

Borage (Starflower) Oil

An amazing skin regenerator due to its gamma Linoleic acid (GLA) content. It is great for smoothing the complexion and moisturising the skin. In addition it reduces inflammation.

Avocado Oil

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

Rosehip Oil

Packed with vitamins A, C and E, minerals and Omega 3. This is a wonderful oil for repairing and maintaining skin condition and it is light and easily absorbed.

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Green People

Anti-Aging 24-Hour Cream


Often products targeting concerns associated with ageing are perfect for combating dehydrated skin concerns due to them being richer and more focused on fatty acids which are heavier in Oleic Acids and aid barrier repair. Brought to you by Green People this day and night cream for very sensitive skin contains a moisture-retaining complex to soothe and revitalise whilst being rich in organic plant oils to support natural skin health. Some of the beneficial ingredients which this product contains are:


Evening Primrose

A rich source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which is known to reduce skin inflammation. It also supports collagen and elastin structures within the skin.


Avocado 

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.


Squalane from Olives

Conditions and moisturises the skin, reducing water loss and restoring skin suppleness and elasticity.

Baicalin

Works to reduce the visible signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and elasticity.

Green Tea
Rich in antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage, protecting from collagen breakdown to preserve the skin barrier.

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Myroo

Skin Boost Serum


Brought to you by Myroo this is unique blend of skin loving oils is packed with antioxidants, omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamins & minerals. The concentrated formulation gives maximum nutrition to undernourished skin. It helps protect and repair the skin's natural barrier to the elements. Prevents water loss and helps the skin maintain its natural moisture. The product contains the following beneficial ingredients:


Borage (Starflower) Oil

An amazing skin regenerator due to its gamma Linoleic acid (GLA) content. It is great for smoothing the complexion and moisturising the skin. In addition it reduces inflammation.

Rosehip Oil

Packed with vitamins A, C and E, minerals and Omega 3. This is a wonderful oil for repairing and maintaining skin condition and it is light and easily absorbed.

Jojoba Oil

Helps to balance sebum levels, and is a highly protective oil rich in Omega-7&9 fatty acids to provide a non-sticky, light and soft skin feel.

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Here at Skind we are constantly looking to improve our product line-up and feedback on the effectiveness of our products is key. Should you decide to try out any of the products above please do let us know how you get on by dropping us a line at info@skind.co.uk

Please see our full range of products which we believe are suitable for those with dehydrated skin at www.skind.co.uk/dehydrated-skin

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