CAUSES OF DEHYDRATED SKIN
- External elements (environment and seasonal changes)
- Lifestyle choices
CAUSES OF DRY SKIN
- Weather or seasonal changes
- Dry air
- Exposure to harsh chemicals or products
- Unbalanced skin pH
- Skin conditions
The Importance of Water for Skin, Mind and Body
Drinking water ensures cells are hydrated, prevents plumpness and structure loss. The minimum amount of water to drink daily is 1.5 qt which equates to 6 cups/day. Water helps flush out toxins and cleanse the kidneys, dissolve minerals for better absorption, act as a delivery system for nutrients, act as a lubricant and also plays a role in regulating body temperature.
Some of the physiological symptoms of dehydration are the occurrence of headaches, lethargy, mental confusion, rapid breathing, dry skin, sunken eyes, infrequently urinating, and even constipation. Sometimes, the thirst reflex is actually mistaken for hunger. This happens when 1-2% of body water is lost, and if it continues to be ignored (up to 3%), it poses more serious mental and physical concerns.
TIP: When this happens, be sure to drink a cup or two of water when you feel “hungry”. After 15-20 minutes, gauge your appetite from there.
TIP: To ensure skin is well oiled from inside out, you can simply incorporate essential fatty acids in your diet such as fish, nuts, seeds, and plant oils.
Essential fatty acids are in particular beneficial for dry skin because it under-produces oil (called sebum, which is your body’s way of naturally moisturizing itself). The reason why these are essential is because the body needs them but cannot produce them. So, the only way to get them is through the food we eat or through quality supplements.
What You Can Do
Some factors to consider when you have dry skin are as follows:
- Essential fatty acid (EFAs) deficiency
- Poor intake of water
- Lack of vitamin A
In your diet, you should consider implementing:
- High quality EFAs and fats that have not been cooked over high heat
- ie. chia seeds, flax seeds, salmon, sardines, shellfish, plant oils like avocado oil, coconut oil
- Low saturated fats
- ie. grass-fed organic butter, ghee, coconut oil, fish and shellfish, chicken, turkey, lean meats, beans and legumes
- Stay hydrated! Drink at least 6 glasses of water daily (depending on lifestyle and individual weight)
- other hydrating drinks include coconut water, kombucha, pure fruit juices (highly recommend any of the raw organic cold-pressed juices, easily purchased from Village Juicery, Greenhouse Juice Co., Elxr juice lab, etc. if you’re from the GTA), lemon water or simply infuse water with fruits + herbs
- Limit alcohol and stimulants
- ie. energy drinks, coffee, caffeinated sugary teas & lattes (think Starbucks)
- eating water-rich foods
- ie. cucumbers, melons, citrus fruits, lettuce
- Avoiding the standard American diet aka SAD diet: generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and high-fructose corn syrup and high-sugar drinks.
You can also consider adding supplements to your diet. Supplements to consider adding (refer to a well-versed expert like a nutritional practitioner or holistic esthetician to help you select what is best for your health and concerns):
- EFAs like flax oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, omega 3s
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Astaxanthin or krill oil
For dehydrated skin, you are lacking water. Therefore, it’s best to stick to products that are hydrating. That is products that contain ingredients with “hydrating molecules that help absorb water, like hyaluronic acid,” says Zeichner. There are many products out there that contain a small percentage of hyaluronic acid in them.
I have attached two infographics below that explain the different Acid uses in Skin Care Products for your reference.
If you do choose any of these acids to use, make sure you do your research. Some acids cannot be mixed in use with one another, or some may be too harsh for your skin. Always do your research and test the products for not only days, but WEEKS to really know if it works for your skin.
If you have dry skin, your skin needs products that moisturize because you lack the ability to produce an efficient amount of oil while being prone to transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which is essentially evaporation of water from the skin. This means that the lack of oil and water leaves the skin without enough nourishment to keep your skin moisturized, which is why it appears flaky, sometimes itchy, tight and an overall dullness. According to Zeichner, the best way to combat this is by using products that include “ingredients that act as moisturizing agents, like humectants such as glycerin or ceramides.”
TIP: Whenever you feel your skin feeling very dry and you want to moisturize, I, Pris, personally love to layer on the essences, oils, moisturizers or leave-in treatments. The evening is the best time of the day for your skin to replenish and repair itself. Therefore, you can layer on as much as your skin can handle!
Please refer to my previous blog posts for my skincare product reviews for suggestions on products with a full length review.
Reviews to check out:
(created by Darlene)
I have attached a few infographics I found via Pinterest that I think you all will find helpful. Credits to those who made them (they are on the photo; so I did not make them!)
That’s all folks. If you made it this far, thank you so much for tuning in and hope you found this useful. If you have any questions feel free to drop them below, or hit either one of us up on Instagram!
Drop down below in the comment section, where you’re from reading this and what your skin is like! We’d love to know.
Pris Wong xo
& Darlene 🙂