Is Your Skin Dehydrated, Dry, or Both?

I’ve noticed that my skin seems to have more moisture since I’ve been sheltering in place. The reason?  I’ve been drinking more water.  When I am busily working with customers in the store, I often find I don’t take time to drink water. When cells have enough water, they plump up reflecting light which makes the skin look smoother, diminishing fine lines.  Being dehydrated means the skin cells do not have enough water, causing them to shrivel and look dull.

You could drink gallons of water though and the skin cells may still lack water.  As our skin ages, so does its efficiency.  Applying hydrators help the skin absorb water from the air.  Look for ingredients such as humectants, including hyaluronic acid, aloe, honey, alpha hydroxy acid, or marine extracts.  Even people with super oily skin may be dehydrated.  All skin types can use hydrators.

If your skin is dry and flaky, your protective lipid barrier has diminished.  Skin oils form the lipid barrier.  As we age, our body produces less lipid protection.  In addition, use of strong facial or body cleansers can diminish the barrier.  This is a critical reason not to use soap on the face—it significantly reduces the lipid barrier.  Moisturizers help to block water from escaping from the cells. Look for ingredients that contain emollients such as plant oils.   Antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreen, often included in moisturizers, provide additional benefits. Antioxidants repair damaged cells. Sunscreen helps prevent damage.

Hydrators add water—moisturizers keep the water from escaping.  Do you need one or both?

Nancy Pride owns Morgan Fitzgerald’s and Merle Norman located at 3800 S. Texas Avenue, one mile north of University Drive. 979 268 0608

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