As most of you know the winter cold can be brutal on our bodies. Unfortunately, our skin, in particular, must brave the cold temperatures on the front lines. Finally warmer months are on the horizon for those of who live in the northern hemisphere. So you know what that means…it’s almost time to show off some skin.
During this time I normally assess the state of my skin. Not that I don't check out my skin the rest of the year – I just take a closer look so that I can come up with an action plan to be spring ready! To do this, I thoroughly check out my face, lips, and body to determine how I should tweak my skin regime or even diet. It's at this point that some of us may notice that our skin seems to be a little drier than usual…but it could be more than just dryness.
The Difference Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin
According to an article on Refinery29, dry and dehydrated skin may feel very similar but the treatment for each one are vastly different. Dry skin typically presents itself as tight, itchy, and irritated. Additionally, it may also be red, bumpy or splotchy. The cause of dry skin could be difficult to pinpoint. For example, anything from your environment to genetics to individual actions could result in dry skin.
Conversely, dehydrated skin can be confusing initially because it may mirror dry skin. You might even still see dry skin flakes or bumps but the difference is in the timing of these occurrences. For instance, skin that normally behaves well may suddenly break out and stop responding to its usual regime when dehydrated. If you notice a sudden change like this in your skin, you’re going to need to do more than just reach for some heavy duty lotion.
Time to Ask Yourself Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
Well, maybe you’re not going to ask yourself who or where but you do need to find out what, why, and how. Let me explain, when you do notice that your skin is a little off the first question to ask yourself should be what could be the cause? Do you have a genetic condition such as eczema or psoriasis? Have you been swimming a lot lately? Are you drinking enough water? It’s important to ask questions like these to understand why your skin is misbehaving.
If it’s a genetic reason your skin is dry or splotchy then you may need to seek out medical help from a dermatologist. Or maybe you have been swimming a lot lately and you just need to give your skin some extra TLC. If either of these issues is the problem then it’s probably safe to say that you are not dehydrated. But what if you realize that you have not been drinking enough water – what do you do then? Besides grabbing a huge bottle of water and chugging it, you may have some additional work ahead of you to get back on track.
How to Fix the Skin You’re In
Dehydrated skin requires that some changes be made to your daily habits. Not only should you take into account the outside factors that you can control, like applying sunscreen, you should also consider what you are ingesting. Of course increasing your water intake and supplementing herbal tea for coffee (green tea is my fave) is a great start but strategically adding certain foods to your diet may have long-lasting effects. For instance, foods that are rich in selenium may reduce acne inflammation (WebMD).
If you are only experiencing dry skin that is a result of your environment then some gentle exfoliation and a heavy duty lotion are all you need. Specifically, look for a hydrating serum or treatment that contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid or lactic acid. Ceramides can be used to treat several dry skin conditions and work well to help skin retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid may be used to rapidly hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles, while lactic acid helps to fight acne and improve skin texture.
So Your Skin is Just A Little Dry
After I performed my skin check, which I actually did a little early this year, I decided to purchase Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer pictured above. I had actually received a sample and loved the way it made my skin feel. I did some more research and discovered that this product contains hyaluronic acid which explains why I saw immediate results. Check out this month’s Beauty Faves to find out more about my experience with this product.
Extra Bombshell Tips
If you need some help with the dry skin on your body try:
Josie Maran Argan Oil
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