Hand cupping water

Hand cupping water

What is dehydrated skin?

At some time during your life, you are likely to find that your skin is feeling dry, rough and maybe flaky. Before you reach for a moisturiser especially for “dry skin” take a moment to understand your skin, so you can give it the right treatment. Dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. Dry skin is a lack of oil in the skin; whereas dehydrated skin is a lack of water. Dry skin is a skin ‘type’ but any skin type can suffer from dehydration – and at any time.

What causes /triggers dehydrated skin?

There are many factors that may contribute to skin dehydration, such as:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Environmental factors such as wind, cold air, heating/air conditioning, excessive sun-exposure
  • Harsh cleansers and skin care products (that disrupt the skin’s natural acid mantle)
  • Alcohol & smoking
  • Dehydrating caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee, cola)
  • Stress/emotional disharmony
  • Dietary imbalances & medications

Tips to help combat dehydrated skin naturally:

  1. Switch to well formulated natural skincare free from harsh alcohols and drying chemicals
  2. Keep up your water intake regularly throughout the day and avoid caffeinated drinks
  3. Do something for yourself each week to keep your mind and spirit happy – lessen the stress load!
  4. Consider some Omega supplements to provide hydration from within

Recommended 3 step skincare routine for dehydrated skin:

You can continue to use products designed for your specific skin type, but consider adding one or all of these products to your routine to curb the dehydration:

  1. Cleanse with Purify Facial Cleanser if you have oily skin, and for all other skin types that are dehydrated – use the Olive Soothing Cream Cleanser.
  2. Treat with Exfoliating 2 in 1 Scrub and Mask – this will slough away excess dead skin cells so your products better absorb. You can also pop on Radiant Rose Mask a few times a week for an immediate hydration boost.
  3. Hydrate with Olive Skin Serum. This can be applied directly to a damp face or add a few drops added to your moisturiser before applying.