A whole new meaning to ‘Dry January’

As part of the consultation process, I ask patients to describe their skin so we can identify what skin type they have. Oily, normal, combination, reactive. The list goes on. More recently, patients have been describing their skin as ‘dry’. This is no surprise given that we are in the middle of winter, with a supposed Beast from the East poised to strike again. Here though, I want to address a different sort of ‘dry’ skin. Dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is not a skin type and needs to be identified and treated differently.

Dry Skin

-Dry skin is a skin type, based on the physiology of our skin and genetics

-Management rather than cure

-Dry skin is a result of reduced natural oils (sebum) that our oil glands produce

-Lacks a lipid (fatty) barrier

-Typically feels itchy, uncomfortable or flakey

-Would normally notice around the mouth, corners of the nose, scalp, hands and legs

Dehydrated Skin

-Not a skin type. It is a result of loss of water being higher than intake of water

-Top layer of skin (stratum corneum) has less than 10% water (should be 10-15%)

-Increased water loss can be caused by many things such as sun exposure, exercise, hot baths, stress, fluid intake/diet and skincare

-Typically feels tight, dull and prematurely aged looking

-Can be present in any skin type, including oily

-Can be reversed with appropriate treatment

Top tips

-Take shorter showers using warm temperatures, rather than hot

-Try to keep the central heating temperature consistent, rather than hot and cold in a cycle

-Avoid sunbeds and sunbathing

-Stay hydrated and use appropriate skin supplements

-Eat a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and antioxidants

-Stop smoking and minimise alcohol intake

-Each concern requires specific ingredients to combat the problem

-Seek advice from Leah at Alpha Aesthetics to get a plan which suits your individual skin concern

For skin health and success, contact Leah today

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