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Dehydrated or dry skin?

Published 05/22/2020, by ,
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Do not confuse dehydration with dry skin.


Dehydration is a short-term problem.

The skin is dehydrated when the epidermis lacks water. You can have oily skin and still lack hydration if your skincare isn't adapted.

Dryness is a skin type. When a person has dry skin, their skin's protective hydrolipidic film barrier is altered. Unlike oily skin, dry skin's sebum production is insufficient. The skin's barrier function is weakened, leaving the skin more sensitive to external aggressions.
With dry skin types, their skin is often tight and visibly dry (desquamation, redness, cracks, and striae).
Dry skin lacks suppleness, is thinner, and also more fragile. Wrinkles and fine lines are more visible on this type of skin, even if dryness doesn't affect their formation.
Dryness affects not only the face but also the entire body.

Dry skin is often the most sensitive because of its lack of protection.

In winter, dry skin is even more vulnerable. Wind and cold temperatures have a negative effect on the skin, which is directly exposed to these weather changes. Dry air in heated homes also has a negative impact on dry skin. The hydrolipidic film is weakened by dry air and common temperature changes.
In addition, UV rays and pollution also act negatively on the epidermis and make it more vulnerable.
A lack of daily nutrition can contribute to dry skin.
On the contrary, overly recurrent and aggressive hygiene will destroy the hydrolipidic film and weaken the skin's resistance.

Dry skin solutions:

To reduce the harmful effects of dry skin, we recommend you drink water regularly and maintain a nutritious diet.
For care, you can use natural and certified organic cosmetics with nourishing properties. Some treatments can be both nourishing and moisturizing.
We'd also advise you to use non-aggressive and fragrance-free hygiene products.
During your showers or baths, avoid very hot water, which is too aggressive for your sensitive skin.
It's important to wear suitable sun protection and to protect your face and body as much as possible from the winter weather.
At home, try to keep the humidity level as low as possible and not to overheat your home in winter.

Active ingredients for dry skin:

Hyaluronic acid can be used for the treatment of dry skin. This active ingredient hydrates and plumps the skin to restore its suppleness. It also acts on wrinkles and fine lines.
Pro-vitamin B5 repairs damaged skin and reduces its moisture loss. It soothes the skin while moisturizing it.
Jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil, and shea butter provide nutrition for dry skin.

The use of antibacterial soaps, which tend to be too aggressive for the skin, is not recommended.