Even when the summer is on the verge, your skin still hasn’t sprung back to a dewier, more moisturized state. Still that dry, itchy and flaky skin? What is the reason behind your dry, flaky skin that won’t just gain moisture in summers even.
It’s time to take a long, hard look at what might actually be going on with your flaky skin.
Dehydrated vs Dry skin
Unlike a dry skin, dehydrated skin is not a skin type whereas it is a condition of the skin. Dry skin or dehydrated skin becomes an issue when the top layer, the stratum corneum, is damaged and moisture escapes. Dehydrated skin is temporary and more treatable than dry skin. It is often caused by external elements, such as weather or harsh soap, it is simply moisture-deficient skin with low, depleted water content. With dehydration, your skin feels flaky, less supple, taut and itchy.
Dry skin is a skin type, which can be due to genetics and there is no harm in having dry skin, but the severity of dry skin matters. Hormonal imbalance or untreated dehydrated skin may also cause dryness because they inhibit the production of the natural oils that protect the skin.
The first thing to consider, is the moisture content. Drink adequate amounts of water – 4 to 6 glasses a day, and not chug water until you feel like a portable kiddie pool. Another important thing is how much moisture is around your skin and what is on your skin to drink that moisture up. People in drier environments must go for humidifier, running it every night especially in dry weather. It makes noticeable difference the next morning when you wake up.
Now, knowing about the problem, you would be wanting to know the solution and ingredients holding moisture to your skin and how to use them. Humectants such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and squalene are some of the ingredients that help combat dehydrated skin.
Glycerin is the most recognizable and common humectant. Applying it directly on the skin is not possible because of its thickness and sticky nature. A couple of drops should be added to your moisturizer to feel a boost in your skin. Don’t do it during the day, since it makes skin more sticky and shiny. If you are dehydrated all over your body, add a few more drops to your bathing water, don’t rinse, let it soak into the skin.
Unlike glycerin, Hyaluronic acid is very light, thin, and usually not sticky. It can hold up to 1000 times of its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is commonly found in serums, but is also becoming more widely used in anti-aging cream like Lifecell anti-aging cream. It has major anti-aging effects as well. You can apply it on a wet skin—not totally dry and not completely sopping wet. If you are using it as a serum, follow it with a rich moisturizer. Some even find it drying, so use according to your dryness quotient.
Squalene is a natural, organic compound usually derived from olives. The squalene also comes as another hydrogenated derivative that has longer shelf life and low in cost, for which it is most commonly used in cosmetic industries. People who have a sensitivity to olives or break out from topical use of olive oil should spot test products with squalene before using.
The effect of these humectants is very individual, all three may affect differently. The moisture content of all three varies for different people. Therefore, use the one which have all three or the one that suits you.