This time of the year brings; falling leaves, cold weather, family gatherings, and compromised skin. Have you noticed that no matter how much lotion you’re using, the dry skin comes cracking right back? It may be because you’re not treating the right problem. What’s frequently referred to as dry skin, could actually be dehydrated.
What’s The Difference?
Dry skin is a skin type. It is genetic, and permanent. Using an oil based moisturizer is an essential part of your regimen. The skin under produces lipids that moisturize and protect the skin. Visibly, you have small, barely noticeable pores. Because the skin doesn’t have the necessary protection provided by oils, it tends to get irritated easily. It also may look dull and age prematurely.
Dehydrated skin is a varying condition. It can occur with any skin type, meaning if you have dry, normal, or oily skin, you could also have dehydrated skin on top of that. It tends to come and go when external circumstances. Usually it gets worse in the winter, in chlorinated water frequently, or not drinking enough water. Signs of dehydrated skin include a tight itchy feeling, lack of bouncy, and feels oily and dry at the same time. You may even notice more breakouts.
How to Treat Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin requires water based products. It also means lifestyle changes, like drinking more water or taking cooler showers. You’ll want something to go with your skin regiment, not replace it. A hydrating serum is a great addition, and best used before you moisturize.
Utah Valley Dermatology’s Master Aestheticians provided their insight on conquering scaly skin. SkinMedica’s HA 5 Rejuvenating Hydrator helps the skin produce its own hyaluronic acid. It also works to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. This versatile product works wonders for any skin type.
The Hydrafacial is another great way to give your skin the help it needs. The Hydrafacial is a treatment taking only 3 steps to better skin. It’s also great at minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, and pore congestion.
For more skin expertise you can schedule an appointment by calling Utah Valley Dermatology at (801) 768-8800.