All of us at some stage in our lives have heard about the importance of consuming eight glasses of water a day or the equivalent of two litres. While the health and wellness benefits of keeping well hydrated are well documented, many people fail to consume enough water, leading to dehydrated skin. Continue reading for more information on dehydrated skin, including contributing factors, common signs and treatment options.
It must be said that failing to drink eight glasses of water each day is not the only factor that causes skin dehydration. Unavoidable factors such as the natural ageing process and changes of season plus lifestyle factors like diet, smoking, use of make-up and exposure to the sun can also all contribute to the skin losing moisture. Unfortunately, when the skin experiences dehydration, it tries to naturally compensate by producing oils which can then lead to congestion and breakouts of acne. Essentially, your skin can feel dry and oily all at the same time.
First things first, it’s important to differentiate between dehydrated skin, which is skin that’s deficient in water, and dry skin, which is commonly characterised by a lack of oil and sebum. Dehydrated skin is often sensitive to the touch, with more lines and uneven tones present. There’s less suppleness and a general tiredness in the appearance of the skin that makes people with dehydrated skin look older than their years. If you want a basic test for dehydrated skin, simply pinch the skin on the back of the hand. If it bounces back into its original shape almost instantly, your skin is likely suitably hydrated. If it takes a few seconds to settle back into position, your skin might be dehydrated.
Laser Skin Solutions can help you restore hydration to your skin with a number of treatment options. We offer Microdermabrasion, which is a non-surgical, non-invasive exfoliation treatment that involves the removal of dead and dry skin cells from the top layer of skin. Microdermabrasion removes any build up of oils in congested pores and minimises the visible signs of sun damage and dehydration.
Our specialist hydrating facial can also help to replenish lost moisture in the skin.
Laser Skin Solutions also stocks a quality selection of skin moisturising products that can work effectively in conjunction with any of our treatment procedures. If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss your options, call our friendly staff today.
When it comes to drinking 8 daily glasses of water, it’s best to think of this as a preventative measure rather than a cure. The water will keep your skin hydrated and flush out any toxins, but it won’t necessarily restore lost hydration, as the water has a tendency to reach the other organs of the body before it reaches the skin.
To improve your skin’s hydration, you’ll want to apply a product containing HYALURONIC ACID almost immediately after getting out of the shower or bath, when your skin is still reasonably porous and therefore receptive to absorbing the ingredients of the SERUM. Vitamin B – especially B3 and B5 – is known to improve skin hydration levels, so look out for them on any skin serum or moisturisers you might buy in the future.