Dry skin is generally the term used to refer to skin that feels dry, tight and uncomfortable and looks rough and even flaky. But did you know in many cases that condition is actually not dry skin but dehydration and the two are actually two completely different things? Understanding the reason why your skin feels dry and the specific symptoms related to this is key to understanding how to treat it.
Dry or dehydrated skin?
The key difference between the two is what they "are" - dry skin is a genetically predetermined skin type and dehydrated skin is a condition that can happen to anyone, even those with oily skin. Dry skin lacks oil while dehydrated skin is a result of the lack of moisture.
It is a common misconception that dry skin is caused by lack of moisture, when the fact is, you are most likely born with it!
Natural oils are the building blocks of the lipid barrier, whose function is to protect the skin and keep it looking healthy and mosturized. However in some people the skin does not produce an adequate amount of oils resulting in perpetually and permanently dry skin.
Dehydrated skin on the other hand is caused by lifestyle choices and external factors such as unprotected sun exposure. These factors can damage the skin barrier leading to water loss and dull-looking, tight-feeling skin.
How to treat dry skin?
If you've determined your skin is dry then it's in need of some external help to replenish its lipid barrier. The Rebel Blends Luxury body oil contains a unique blend of potent plant and nut oils mimics the lipid structure of the skin, creating a rich yet light elixir that absorbs instantly, leaving the skin supple, soft and nourished. When used long-term, the oil can help repair a damaged skin barrier.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, avoid using products containing harsh soaps and chemicals which can strip natural oils from the skin’s surface, drying it out. It's also important to avoid drying alcohol-derivatives, so never forget to check the ingredients in the formula. Some of them can be beneficial to the skin, however, ethanol, SD alcohol, denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol are best to be avoided.
Tips to improve hydration
- Drink plenty of water - your skin is 64% water so it's important to replenish it often
- Avoid really hot showers
- Use a humidifier at home if the heating or the aircon are on for a long time
- Eat a balanced diet, including food rich in omega-nutrients
- Apply oil on damp skin to seal in the moisture
How can Rebel Blends help?
The body oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytoceramides, fatty acids and phytonutrients to renew, repair, protect, and tone the skin. Each ingredient in the formulation is there for a reason, chosen for its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itch properties. It’s free of fillers, synthetic preservatives, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, mineral oil, petrolatums and animal by-products.
The body is the largest area that skincare is applied, therefore it deserves the same attention and high-quality products as the face.