Dry skin and Skin Dehydration have very similar characteristics and therefore are often misdiagnosed. Dry skin is a skin type whilst dehydrated skin is a condition normally caused by one’s lifestyle.
Lets explore these in detail!
Dry skin means your skin is generally lacking natural oils (aka sebum) and therefore the skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture. Dry skin can occur on the face and anywhere on your body. It can be caused by low humidity, using harsh soaps, certain medication, heating in winter, and ageing. People with eczema and psoriasis will also often experience dry skin.
Avoid soaps and harsh chemicals – these can remove natural oils from our skin, making it impossible to retain water. Try cleansing with cleansing creams instead,
Avoid hot showers – hot showers and baths can remove the skin natural oils so stay with warm and cold showers,
Avoid over heating – coming into winter, we are prone to excess heating which accelerates water loss from our skin, making them feel dry.
Use a Humidifier – this is especially good in winter or if you live in an environment with low humidity.
Moisturise regularly to prevent dry skin, especially winter rash.
Moisturizers containing natural oils such as Squalane can help treat dry itchy skin on face and leg. Our body produces squalane naturally but this ability is diminished after about age 30, making us more prone to dry skin.