Our guide to dry and dehydrated skin. Dry and/or dehydrated skin can create problems in your quest for a clear complexion but the good news is that there is a lot you can do to help it along the way. As skin health specialists my team and I can certainly help your crusade, but firstly let me share with you the ins and outs of dehydrated skin.
What is Dehydrated Skin?
Dry skin is lacking in oil, dehydrated skin is lacking in water. Both conditions can be temporary or with you for life. Your gene pool plays a part but stress, sun, wind, environmental chemicals and the wrong skincare products can contribute too.
Even oily skin can be dehydrated. Because dehydration is caused by a lack of water, not oil, your skin’s natural oil activity can still be overactive.
One of the biggest consequences of dry skin is an increase in sensitivity. When skin is dry, it’s depleted of its natural protective lipid barrier. This lowers skin’s defences against environmental assaults that can cause a sensitised reaction in skin, such as itching and redness.
What Causes Dehydration?
Intrinsic Ageing: or the normal process of physical change over time that’s more about genetics than lifestyle. Lifestyle-induced aging is known as premature or extrinsic aging. The skin’s natural hydrators decline over the years.
Environmental Elements: Cold winds and low temperatures can dry out skin. In addition too much sun causes water to evaporate from skin, and air heating/air conditioning acts like a sponge, soaking up moisture from everything it touches.
Lifestyle: Low-fat diets can deprive our bodies of skin-friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They help protect against water loss within cells keeping skin supple and hydrated. An EFA deficiency can result in chronic itching, dryness, scaling, and thinning. Smoking drains skin and body of vitamins A and C and constricts blood vessels (which equates to less blood flow) – it’s akin to suffocating skin from the inside. Alcoholic beverages and certain medications (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin.
Signs of Dehydrated Skin
irritation, inflammation, itchiness and sensitivity
tightness or tautness
flaking and scaling
redness and cracks that can sometimes bleed
So now you’ve got the lowdown I want to tell you about Dermalogica’s amazing new treatment to address dehydration, sensitivity, skin ageing and acne. It’s called the IonActiveTM Power Treatment, which is personalised, bio± charged therapy for visible results. We’ve been using it in the clinic with great results.
IonActiveTM Power Treatment
This treatment uses six potent IonActive ionizable formulas designed to target specific skin concerns such as skin texture and wrinkles, pigmentation and acne.
After applying these we use one of two warm or cool ‘Gelloids’, which are a hybrid of massage mediums and masques to seal the active ingredients and further drive them into the skin.
Because the Ionactive formulas can be converted into ions, or electrically charged atoms, we can then pair them with the latest technology like microcurrent, galvanic Iontophoresus, LED lights, or ultrasound to enhance ingredient penetration:
The IonActiveTM Power Treatment delivers immediate, noticeable results after one treatment. For maximum results a series of three to six treatments, received once every two to four weeks, is recommended, followed by maintenance treatments twice per year.
We encourage you to come in and see us to give this treatment a try. You’ll be glad you did.