Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin: The Proper Skincare Treatments
DO YOU HAVE DRY SKIN? HAVE YOU BEEN TREATING IT WITH THE RIGHT SKINCARE PRODUCTS? DEHYDRATED SKIN CAN OFTEN COME OFF AS DRY SKIN BECAUSE BOTH EXHIBIT LACK OF MOISTURE. HOWEVER, DRY SKIN IS A SKIN TYPE WHILE DEHYDRATED SKIN IS A CONDITION. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE AND THE PROPER SKIN CARE TO TREAT DRY AND DEHYDRATED SKIN!
Dry skin is a skin type wherein the skin generally fails to produce enough oil or sebum to keep the skin moisturized.
Signs of dry skin include flakiness or a scaly appearance, redness, roughness, it tends to be itchy and easily irritated, and it is susceptible to premature skin aging like loose skin and wrinkles. Aside from the face, skin dryness is also experienced and becomes prominent in other parts of the body like the hands, legs and the scalp!
Scientific studies have shown that adults produce 1mg of sebum in a centimeter square of the skin every three hours. If the skin produces less than 1mg during the said period, it results in dry skin.
Less sebum means there are not enough lipids that can retain moisture. Sebum acts as a barrier to protect the skin from external elements that can harm it. Because of this weakened barrier, dry skin becomes more susceptible to various skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.
Dry skin, apart from being genetic in nature, can also be affected and worsened by various other factors such as using harsh and the wrong skin care products that cause more harm than good!
Skincare tips for dry skin
A basic skincare routine is a must for all skin types and conditions. Choosing the right products, doing the proper skincare treatments, avoiding skincare mistakes, and using safe and tested ingredients are the basic skincare commandments to achieve healthy and Yeouthful skin!
Take note of this updated list of cosmetic ingredients that can harm your skin! Avoid toxic ingredients and contaminants that can affect or worsen your skin condition. The presence of harsh ingredients in your skincare can cause dry or dehydrated skin, premature skin aging and worse, they can have adverse effects on your overall health too!
In treating dry skin, just remember to forgo and forget all products and routines that strip the skin of oil and moisture. Commit to those that promote hydration and can repair damaged skin barriers.
1. Always remember to gently cleanse
Our YEOUTH Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is the perfect hydrating and nourishing cleanser that dry skin needs! It is packed with the powerful antioxidants Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Seaweed that can soothe and smoothen dry and rough skin. Follow with our Balancing Facial Toner and Anti-Aging Moisturizer L22 to completely and totally lock in all that much needed moisture for your thirsty skin!
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes in skincare is assuming that the harder we scrub the skin, the more the skin becomes clean! This is totally wrong because we are cleaning the most precious part of our skin that we use to ‘face’ the world every single day! Always treat your skin lovingly and gently with good-quality, dermatologically tested, and nourishing products that contain quality ingredients.
A gentle cleanse is best for dry skin and is the most basic and important step in any skin regimen, so a proper way of cleansing must be made a habit.
Follow these tips to make your cleansing extra effective:
Use lukewarm water. Hot water strips the skin of moisture and makes the skin all the more dry, while cold water cannot effectively remove the grime and dead skin cells stuck in the pores.
Use a gentle cleanser and massage for at least 30 seconds. Do not use bar soaps, loofahs or abrasive scrubs and do not use products with alcohol!
Include your neck as you cleanse. Your neck area deserves some loving too so give it some cleansing!
Rinse well, and gently pat with a soft towel to dry. Do not rub with a towel to dry! Also, leaving the skin to air-dry will only leave you with drier skin.
Apply your skincare immediately to seal in that much-needed moisture.
Cleanse twice a day.
2. Exfoliate at least once a week
The flakiness, roughness and scaly appearance of dry skin are caused by dead skin cells that accumulate in the pores. Get rid of these dead skin cells and other dirt that clog the pores to reveal a more Yeouthful and healthier skin.
Also, unclogging the pores will clear the skin to make way for moisture to enter and set in. Thus, after exfoliating, it is very important to use an effective moisturizer that can repair skin barrier and retain the much needed moisture that dry skin needs.
Choose which exfoliating process and ingredient can best work for you if you want to regularly exfoliate your skin. Avoid over exfoliating as it will result in excessive dry skin!
At-home chemical peels are easy to do, safe, convenient and provide the same effectiveness as those performed by professionals.
Our YEOUTH Glycolic Acid 30% Gel Peel provides excellent exfoliation but it is very gentle and safe to use even for sensitive skin. It deeply but gently penetrates the skin to decongest pores and remove dead skin cells. It supports healthy collagen production and is packed with antioxidants to soothe and nourish the skin.
After exfoliating, use our Anti-Aging Moisturizer L22 as it has our patented L-22 Lipid Complex meant to repair and protect skin barrier and provide superior skin hydration! It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba & Macadamia Seed Oil to firm up skin and effectively hold moisture in!
3. Moisturize skin twice a day with a nourishing moisturizer
Dry skin needs moisturizers that are rich in oils, and other ingredients that can properly moisturize and truly lock moisture in. It is also important to use moisturizers that are formulated with natural ingredients or antioxidants that can help soothe and nourish dry skin. Shea Butter, Jojoba, Rose Hip, coconut oils and Lanolin are just some of the ingredients that can help treat dry skin.
Moisturizing helps maintain a balanced hydration of oil and water that the skin needs. Dry skin specially needs products and ingredients that can keep moisture in, and repair weakened skin barriers.
4. Minimize sun exposure and use sunscreen!
Overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause skin damage eventually leading to the skin’s inability to retain moisture. When out in the sun, use sunscreen on your face, neck, chest, hands and those that are exposed to the sun often to avoid skin damage and make dry skin worse!
5. Drink up and eat healthy! (bold)
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, as opposed to dry skin which is a skin type. All skin types can experience skin dehydration. The skin becomes dehydrated when our skin cells do not have enough water in them to provide a balanced and proper hydration that our skin needs. In short, the skin lacks much-needed water to make the skin nourished, firm, plump, elastic and exuding that Yeouthful radiance!
Dehydrated skin exhibits dryness, itchiness, it is dull looking, fine lines and wrinkles are deeper and more prominent, and sunken eyes and dark under eye circles begin to appear.
The pinch test or the Skin Turgor Test is commonly used to determine dehydration and test the skin’s elasticity levels. A portion of the skin like the cheek area, lower arm, or abdomen is pinched or squeezed lightly, held for a few seconds then released. If the skin takes time to return to its normal position, there is dehydration. If the skin snaps back immediately to its normal position, the skin is elastic and well hydrated.
Unlike dry skin, the factors that cause dehydrated skin are controllable and are more treatable. Dehydrated skin is more manageable. In fact, drinking lots of water, a proper diet that hydrates skin, and a healthy lifestyle can already improve dehydrated skin. The more common causes for dehydrated skin are seasonal and environmental changes, diet and caffeine overload!
A proper and effective skincare routine can work wonders to reduce and diminish the unhealthy signs of dehydrated skin!
Skincare tips for dehydrated skin
Dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil that build up on the skin blocks the entry of moisturizers, serums and other skincare that will otherwise hydrate and moisturize the skin. It is therefore imperative to unclog the pores to allow the effective absorption of moisturizers and hydrating components into the skin.
2. Use hydrating serums
Find your Fountain of YEOUTH from among our hydrating YEOUTH skin care! Our YEOUTH Hyaluronic Acid Plus Serum intensely hydrates and replenishes skin moisture, while our Hyaluronic Acid Cream provides everlasting hydration to the skin overnight! You can also enjoy a Yeouthful glow when you use our Vitamin C&E Serum with Hyaluronic Acid because it enhances the appearance of skin tone while deeply nourishing and quenching dry, thirsty skin!
Include hydrating serums in your skincare routine, especially those that contain Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is the most hydrating ingredient widely used in the skin industry today! It is a molecule that effectively binds moisture and provides lubrication by helping the skin retain water to keep it plump and hydrated.
While it is true that this acid is naturally present in our skin, replenishing it through our skin care can ensure that the skin’s much needed hydration is sustained. It also helps boost our skin’s natural ability to produce hyaluronic acid.
3. Use a powerful moisturizer at night
We also lose moisture in our skin while we sleep because of the unstable humidity and air conditions that our skin is subjected to. Thus, nighttime is actually a perfect time to give our skin the extra nourishment and hydration that it needs from lost moisture during the day, and as we sleep!
Also, give your skin regimen a tweak, especially your moisturizers, with the changing of the seasons. Spring season has a different effect on skin compared to Summer when air is more humid, and even with the harsh conditions that Winters bring!
Our YEOUTH Day/Night Cream is a power-packed moisturizer that is lightweight for daytime use and nourishing enough to repair hydrated skin overnight! It is formulated with Snail Extract to help repair skin damage, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and replenish moisture levels, Green Tea and Peptides to protect and improve skin elasticity.
4. Drink plenty of water and consume loads of hydrating foods!
Eight glasses of water may not be enough to nourish and hydrate your skin if you are physically active and engage in a lot of physical activities. So drink more water than you lose when you sweat! Hydrate the skin inside and out for a Yeouthfully radiant skin!
Dry skin, a skin type, is a lack of sebum or oil in the skin. Dehydrated skin, also a skin condition, is the lack of water and moisture. Whatever skin type or condition you have, a proper skincare routine, the right products and ingredients and a healthy lifestyle can give our skin that most coveted Yeouthful glow!
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