While dehydrated skin and dry skin may appear similar, they are very different. Dehydrated skin lacks moisture or water, whereas dry skin lacks sebum or oil. Whether your skin is dehydrated or dry, diet and lifestyle play an important role.
• Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and legumes
• Drinking 6-8 cups of water daily
• using broad-spectrum sun protection (min. SPF 30)
• Reducing alcohol intake
• Reducing caffeine consumption
• Stopping smoking
• Exercising regularly
• Getting sufficient sleep
Treatments for Dehydrated skin
To hydrate the skin, water content must be increased in the skin cells. This result in a healthy glowing, smooth and plump complexion. Hydrated skin applies to all skin types and all ages, from normal, dry and even acne prone skins. When skin is hydrated it plumps the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hydration also helps with maintaining skins cellular normal function. The epidermis that is the top layer of the skin is responsible for retaining your skin’s hydrated.
Dehydrated skin can be repaired with proper skincare regimen:
Toners Use alcohol-free toner with niacinamide, aloe vera, and cucumber extract. Dr. Melamed likes BelleDerm Skincare Gentle Toner after cleansing. This alcohol-free toner contains aloe vera and cucumber juice that hydrates the skin and restores skin’s natural pH-balance, leaving the skin hydrated and rejuvenated.
Serums provide great hydrating benefits since they mostly contain humectant for hydration. Look for serums containing hyaluronic acid (HA). It works by attracting moisture and delivering them to the outer layers of the skin, making it appear dewier and plumping away fine lines and wrinkles.
Treatments for Dry Skin
Dry skin is characterized by reduced oil production, and not lack of water. Skin is deprived of lipids it needs to retain moisture and strong barrier. Dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin, and the lack of sebum leaves the skin depleted of lipids that it needs to retain moisture and build a strong barrier to protect against external environment. Dry skin tends to be dry, flaky skin cells to appear on the surface, making skin appear rough, cracked and leathery.
Exfoliate Gentle exfoliation at least once a week removes dead skin cells, which allows moisturizer to absorb better.
Serums Look for ingredients containing antioxidants and anti-aging properties such as Vitamin C, amino acids, and peptides.
Moisturize Every skin type including acne prone skin needs a moisturizer. If you have dry skin look for ingredients that include key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic, glycolic, or salicylic. For oily skin, look for oil free moisturizer that is lighter and has less emollients such as Bellederm Skincare Clear Moisturizer. This oil-free, ultra-lightweight lotion contains a rich blend of beneficial ingredients that penetrate deeply and work synergistically with the skin. For skin types that don’t produce oil, a richer cream with more emollients is more suitable.
In Office Procedures Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can be used as injected into the deep layers of the skin to replace lost HA in the dermis making the skin more tone, smooth and supple.
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