Often confused with dry skin, dehydrated skin is lacking in moisture (water rather than oil) and it can affect any skin type. The most common characteristics are tight skin, itchiness and/or hot to touch, dull tone, fine dehydration lines. Dehydration is a key factor in the cause of skin ageing so it’s imperative to treat it. Here’s a few tips for treating dehydrated skin:
Treating Dehydrated Skin with Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most effective skincare ingredients in treating dehydrated skin due to its ability to retain water (1000 times its own weight). It naturally occurs in the skin however as we age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin decreases. At the age of 35 our level of hyaluronic acid is around 65% but by the age of 60 this is reduced to just 10-20%.
Hyaluronic Acid is great for treating all skin types, as it is water rather than oil based it an even be great for oily skin.
Multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid molecules can be formulated in various sizes (or weights) which all play a different role in treating dehydrated skin.
- High Molecular Weight (large): works on the epidermis to regulate water loss.
- Medium Molecular Weight (medium): Can strengthen the skin’s defence system.
- Low Molecular Weight (small): is able to penetrate down to the dermis to hydrate the deeper layer of skin.
Tip: Look for multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid products when choosing your skincare. These will have a better results – treating dehydrated skin at every layer.
Using a serum and a moisturiser
Using a serum and moisturiser together has a wealth of benefits. Most importantly, it helps to provide optimal hydration to the essential layers of the skin.
Serums contain tiny molecules small enough to travel past the outer layer of the skin into the dermis. This maintains hydration levels within the deeper layers of the skin.
Applying a cream over your serum will help to reduce the evaporation of product and moisture thus keeping the skin much more hydrated. The molecules of a cream are slightly bigger allowing it to work in the skins surface layers to protect, nourish and provide essential hydration.
Treating dehydration from inside is a great way to enhance results. By taking Hyaluronic Acid orally, it goes straight into the body without needing to penetrate through skin layers therefore can be faster and more effective. View Germaine de Capuccini’s HA supplements.
Tip: Make sure you look for supplements without sugar or nasty additives.
The Water Myth
Although drinking enough water is essential for your health, it has little effect on hydrating the skin’s surface layers as blood flow doesn’t reach here.
Dehydration at the skin’s surface can be caused by a number of factors such as low humidity, cool air and harsh skincare products. Really the only way to treat dehydration here is with a good skincare routine. (Cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise).
Tip: Avoid products containing alcohol and other harsh ingredients as these strip the skin causing dehydration and dryness.
They can be expensive, but having a course of professional treatments can have seriously great results. The concentration of active ingredients are usually higher in professional products meaning you get faster and longer lasting results. Find out more about Germaine de Capuccini’s hydrating facial.
Tip: When booking, check your facial comes with a consultation. A good therapist should check your chosen facial is right for your skin and offer advice on the correct skincare routine.