Monday, February 18, 2008

Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

Are these two skin conditions the same? No, while both may feel the same tightness they have different underlying issues. Simply put, dry skin lacks oil (sebum) and dehydrated skin lacks water. Sebum helps to regulate moisture loss and assists in maintaining healthy moisture levels in the skin. Dry skin may lead to dehydration as it is weaker than healthy skin and cannot do its job effectively allowing water loss to occur. Understanding your correct skin type and selecting an appropriate skin care program is critical in an effort to combat premature aging. Dry skin needs a cream, or serum, that will replenish the skin and lock in moisture. Dehydrated skin needs a cream, or serum, that can infuse the skin with hydration. Eat diets rich in smart fats, essential fatty acids, like omega 3's found in salmon, soy, flax, and safflower oil. Hot water robs the skin of moisture - keep showers short, bathe in lukewarm water, moisturize immediately after bathing, use a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Drink lots and lots of water during the day. Drink, rest, and be merry!