What your dehydrated skin could be trying to tell you!
While it might be the bane of your life, dehydrated skin is a marketer’s dream!
Since the beginning of cosmetic time, moisturising products have lined retail shelves. Each one claims louder than the next to hydrate skin, reduce flaky patches and revive a dull complexion.
But what many of these miracle products fail to address is the foundation on which Biologi was built.
Let’s rewind a little bit.
The difference between dehydrated and dry skin
The first lesson to learn today is the difference between dry and dehydrated cells.
Dry and dehydrated are often mistakenly used in the same context. But the reality is, they’re very different skin concerns.
Dry skin is caused by a lack of oil in the cells. This can stem from one of many internal triggers such as genetics, hormones or food intolerances. While identifying the cause and making adjustments can help, there is no cure for the cause of symptoms which can range from a dull complexion to chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema.
Dry skin aside, today we’re focusing on dehydrated skin.
Dehydrated skin results from a lack of water in the body. While the symptoms may appear similar on the outside, on the inside, dehydrated skin is usually a sign of something within your control. While skincare brands tell you to put on the moisturiser, your skin cells are screaming a very different message.
Here’s what your dehydrated skin might be trying to tell you!
You’re not getting enough sleep
There are untold benefits of a good night’s slumber for the skin. Quality sleep (we’re talking a good seven to eight hours a night, minimum) reduces cortisol levels and balances the skin’s PH. When the skin’s PH levels fall, so does the water content leading to dehydrated skin. Looking for a sign to sleep more? This is it!
You’re not drinking enough water
While the natural hydrating processes brighten the complexion and keep skin cells hydrated, we can give the skin a helping hand by simply getting more H20 into the body. The skin is the body’s largest organ, but it’s not considered ‘vital’ like the brain and heart. The water you consume is directed to the cells last and up to three litres a day may be required to boost the skin’s natural water content.
You need to change up your diet
‘You are what you eat’ is no lie! Your skin is absolutely impacted by what you consume.
Omega-three fatty oils are essential for hydrated skin yet aren’t produced in the body. Boost the skin’s lipid content while reducing inflammation throughout the body by adding oysters, walnuts, chia seeds, salmon, sardines and flaxseed oil into the diet.
Don’t forget, foods such as celery and cucumber are high in water content and eating regularly gives the same benefits as drinking more water.
You need to exfoliate
The individual cellular cycle lasts approximately 28 days. At the end of the cycle, the cells die and gather on the skin’s surface leaving the complexion dull and flaky. Regular exfoliation (between once and twice a week) with a gentle exfoliant sweeps the dead skin cells away and makes way for the newer, more hydrated cells to – quite literally – shine.
You need to add hydrating phytonutrients
While moisturisers can cause occlusion and load the pores with synthetic formulating ingredients, nourishing hydration actives can have the opposite effect. Our go-to serum for hydration is Bf Restore Face & Body Serum. This extract of Australian finger lime contains a hydrating combination of vitamin C, tryptophan and ferulic acid. These untouched active ingredients all work in synergy to hydrate and repair dehydrated cells.
Your showers are too hot
That tight feeling when you get out of a hot shower is not good for your skin. We repeat, NOT GOOD! While we’ve been led to believe this feeling means the skin is nice and clean, the cells are actually telling you that they’re unhappy! Hot showers strip away the skin’s natural oils leaving the complexion begging for hydration.
Turn down the temperature and your skin will thank you.
You’re drinking too much caffeine or alcohol
Alcohol and caffeine are well-known diuretics. Consuming too much of either increases urine production as the liver works to eliminate the toxins from the body. This process also depletes the skin of natural moisture with signs of dehydration the result.
Limit coffee to the morning kickstart and alternate every alcoholic drink with mineral water to reduce dehydration.
You need to manage stress
Ongoing stress raises the cortisol levels in the body which increases inflammation and can irritate the skin leading to dehydration. Ongoing stress management will naturally lower cortisol levels and improve sleep patterns, both proven to offer more hydration to the skin.
Addressing lifestyle factors combined with introducing actives specifically chosen to hydrate cells will leave the complexion glowing without medication and without adding a single toxin to the skin.
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