Dehydration is a condition caused by lack of sufficient moisture in the cellular system and intercellular channels ( within the cell, almost everything that happens inside you happens inside a cell). This is one of the most common skin conditions that most people experience. Dehydration skin is one of the most difficult skin conditions to recognize, due to the fact that usually confused with dryness, but the difference between is, while dehydration is caused by lack of water, dry skin technically lacks oil; both dehydration and dryness have many similarities; like both dry and oily skin type may be dehydrated. For more detail on OILY SKIN TYPE  DRY SKIN TYPE

Cause of dehydrationDehydration is caused by the compromised permeability of the lipid barrier, Permeability barrier is the formation of natural moisturizing factors it function includes but not limited to maintenance of water gradient amongst, which limits water loss through the skin. When this is compromised leads to cracks in the skin due to a decrease in the suppleness, softness, and flexibility of the stratum corneum; reduction in the size of the flattened corneocytes- the outermost part of the epidermis/skin); and a lower capacity by the skin to retain moisture.Atmospheric conditions such as too much sun and wind, not using daytime protective moisturizers can aggravate dehydration. factors such as using inappropriate skin care products; cleansing with harsh soap and water.

The appearance of dehydrated skin:Dehydrated skin looks dry, scaly and flaky. It feels tight and cold, and wrinkles easily. Sometimes the skin appears as if it had an additional thin layer of skin placed on top, particularly evident on the nose and forehead.

Care for dehydrated skin: The regime for dehydrated skin care requires the use of moisturizers containing ingredients that will protect the skin from moisture loss, as well as restore internal skin hydration. Moisturizing ingredients that are high molecular weight helps to reduce transepidermal water loss and help retain inner moisture, ingredients including but not limited to, Collagen, vegetable glycerin, fatty acids are essential in order to restore or improve the skin’s lipid barrier and also reduce water loss. Aloe vera is an outstanding botanical ingredient for dehydrated skin. In addition to moisturizers with these ingredients, proper care can include the application of hydrating mask on a weekly or biweekly depending on the level of dehydration. Lavender essential oil helps correct imbalance, and gentle oils like rose essential oil to soothe the surface of the skin, u can simply add few drops to your lotion.

Holistic view: Drinking excess coffee, soda or diuretics, alcohol,  or smoking are factors that may also aggravate dehydration. By drinking enough water daily will help naturally hydrate the body. Diet should include plenty of fresh raw fruits and vegetables. My personal favorite is some smoothie in between meal.Face mask: Honey mixed with mashed avocado or banana is an easy way to go.Love and LightNafsibotanical


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