DEHYDRATED SKIN IS A SKIN CONDITION
The skin can be dry, oily or combination. It can also be aggravated by topical skin care as much as lifestyle e.g. stress, wind, binge drinking, smoking, too much caffeine. It’s hard to describe dehydrated skin because it can present itself differently in many clients. Generally, the skin appears dull, sallow or ‘tired’ and when pulled tight it wrinkles slightly. Dehydrated skin doesn’t have good elasticity so it doesn’t bounce back when pressent and it suffers significantly from trans epidermal water loss (TEWL).
Some of the deep causes of dehydrated skin relate to a sluggish lymphatic system, reduced dermal supplies, less water supplies means less enzyme activity, less fibroblast ability to manufacture collagen and elastin, damaged oil/water bilayers in the epidermis and a compromised Acid Mantle. This also means less skin protection and as a consequence, free radicals are able to absorb into the skin impairing cell generation.
These deficiencies are some of the contributing factors to dehydration of the skin. Three important causes that may affect you;
- What is your daily intake of water and other fluids?
- Are the humidity levels high or low of the environment you spend the biggest proportion of your day in? High levels means less TEWL.
- What is the state of your lymphatic system. Do you get blocked sinuses, swollen ankles and legs?
These are a few areas of health and life style that may contribute to your skin condition; you can make changes to help rehydrate your skin and generate a healthier complextion.