Our skin can become dehydrated for a number of reasons, including a change in the weather (we’re looking at you, winter), trans-epidermal water loss due to an impaired lipid barrier, using products which further dry the skin, and even the simple act of not drinking enough water during the day. On the other hand, true dry skin is something you are born with.
To begin your recovery from dehydrated skin, it is important to ensure your skin’s lipid barrier is not impaired, and use products which nourish it, allowing it to achieve a balanced pH so it can heal. For this to occur, it is important that you base your routine on a cleanser which is more acidic than alkaline. As such we recommend using a hydrating non-foaming cleanser; foaming cleansers are often alkaline which can strip the natural lipids from your skin’s surface, leaving it imbalanced.
Once your lipid barrier is repaired and your skin’s pH is balanced, then subsequent treatments to boost your skin’s hydration levels will become far more effective, as the skin will retain this moisture instead of simply losing it again through “cracks” in the barrier.
However, it’s also important to ensure that any treatments you are applying to your skin to rehydrate it are actually making it into the deeper layers of the skin. As we age, our skin’s natural exfoliation process slows, and by the time we are in our 50s, the dead cells sitting on the surface of our skin could be up to two months old. If you do not take steps to remove these dead cells, you are essentially limiting the effectiveness of any treatments or products as you are rubbing them into these dead cells which will never benefit from them. Instead, by using a gentle exfoliant, you can ensure these dead cells are removed, and treatments will be able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.
Meanwhile, true dry skin benefits from products which add the oils which your skin lacks the ability to produce.
Below you will find a range of products which feature ingredients to help address a variety of issues which could be causing your skin dehydration; balancing your pH, gently exfoliating away dead skin cells, and providing deep, moisturising nourishment.
If you are unsure of the best products to help address your dry or dehydrated skin, please do not hesitate to ask us for help. We are pleased to offer our customers a variety of avenues to receive personalised advice from our therapists; talk to us on live chat, submit a consultation card, or request a live online skin consultation for advice that’s specific to your needs.