Feeling your skin dull and dry? Most likely, dehydration is to blame - the dry air of the central heating does its job. We asked a professional beautician how to deal with it.
Thiago Freire, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, RUDN University, Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
Dehydrated or dry?
First you need to determine if the skin is really dehydrated, and not prone to dryness by nature. Your skin is dehydrated if…
- …you feel tight after contact with water.
- …you are worried about roughness and peeling - signs of extreme dehydration.
- …you notice lines on your face that signal dehydration: small wrinkles that appear both in areas with active facial expressions and throughout the face.
Causes of dehydration
There are several reasons for dehydration, but the main one, no matter how trite it sounds, is insufficient fluid intake. In second place is improper care that does not replenish moisture reserves, as well as alcohol consumption and exposure to dry air.
The easiest thing you can do is to rehydrate (if you have kidney problems, adjust your drinking regimen with the help of a doctor), adjust your care (we will help you with this) and start using a humidifier, masks and thermal water. As an extra measure, use these beauty hacks:
- Twice a day, before applying the cream, apply serums and concentrates - emergency helpers in restoring the proper level of moisture.
- Stock up on hydrating sheet masks and use them daily for two weeks. Watch your skin recover.
- Visit a cosmetologist and pick up a moisturizer that you need to apply strictly twice a day - so the skin is not only saturated with moisture, but also does not lose it during the day.
- Make sure your moisturizers contain water-retaining ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, algae extract, aloe juice, chitosan.
- Remember that vitamins A, B, C, E in creams have a tonic effect, and SPF protects against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Combine these ingredients!
Moisturizing for different ages
When choosing a cream, take into account age-related features of the skin: closer to 25 years, cosmetics should contain antioxidants - vitamins C and E. And after 35 - heavier artillery: peptides and ceramides. This is because with age the hydrolipidic layer becomes thinner and the skin needs more regenerating components.
Another recommendation - with the onset of cold weather, add nourishing oils to your care, such as sea buckthorn oil.