Summer skin!.Summer is the time of year when we expose ourselves more to the rays of the sun, we have repeated baths, also in the pool where there is chlorine, we get stressed with the heat and excessive sweating riparandoci in environments with air conditioning.
All this helps to make the skin more sensitive and dehydrated, and that is why it needs to be handled more carefully. I would like to offer some advice to Stefania Enginoli, an aesthetic doctor specialized in non-ablative surgery and surgical lasers, whom I had already met on MyPassionFit to talk about lasers against water retention. Obviously I don’t miss visiting her for some pampering and treatment, preventive and curative!
Stefania what’s the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?
Dry skin is a condition characterized by lack of lipids, that is the fat part. It manifests itself with desquamation, roughness, feeling of “pulling skin”, tingling. One of the most frequent and physiological causes is skin aging.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin that suffers from lack of water. It is characterized by the loss of brightness and softness, even here you feel the sensation of “skin pulling”, but unlike dry skin is typically a temporary condition. The best thing is to touch her. A dehydrated skin is recognized by a rough, arid and irregular texture.
When a skin is dry and when is it dehydrated? This is how to recognize the problem and solve it in a short time.
Dry or dehydrated skin, how to solve?
Today I want to talk to you about something that few people can tell: the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. It is very important to understand that there is a considerable difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin; knowing how to recognize the one or the other helps you to find the right home care for your skin going so improve it and tackle the problem.
Dry skin and dehydrated skin are often confused. Usually we tend to say that we feel dry skin even when it isn’t; simply, in fact, we feel the skin pull because of dehydration. But let’s discover together how to tell when the skin is dry and when dehydrated: here’s a guide with everything there is to know about the differences, the right creams, treatments and natural remedies to enhance our skin.
How to recognize dry skin?
First, dry skin is a type of skin characterized by lack of lipids (fat part). The skin often has desquamations, little dilated pores, presence of wrinkles even in a young age, feeling of dry and arid skin, little elasticity and dull and pale color.
Almost always it is also a skin that pulls, sensitive and with presence of redness. Skin dryness is due to insufficient sebaceous secretion, with very narrow pores and almost total absence of comedones (black spots).
When dry skin becomes very important, and in addition to the lack of lipid (fat) there is also a strong dehydration (lack of water), you can develop xerosis. In this case, the amount of water in the stratum corneum falls below 20%, causing a strong dehydration, excessive flaking and cracking that often lead to injuries.
Causes and remedies for dry skin
It is not always easy to identify the real causes that lead to dry skin. Often we are born and it is a characteristic of our type of skin from a young age to a poor functioning of the sebaceous glands, and apocrine glands.
Here are some causes of dry skin:
climate and environmental factors: may occur after prolonged exposure to UV rays or when switching to sudden temperature changes, wind and continuous exposure to air conditioners;
constitutional factors: leading to an early ageing of epidermis cells;
physiological factors: advancing age leads to the impoverishment of the hydro-lipid film, and the thinning of the epidermis;
vitamin A deficiency or skin disorders such as psoriasis, allergies, topical eczema;
more complex disorders such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and other chronic diseases;
very aggressive cosmetic or medical treatments that often create an important skin dryness;
wrong or too aggressive cosmetics that impoverish Hydro-lipid film and create skin sensitisation.
To counter the dry skin you must use daily very thick and fat creams, clean your face with detergents based on milk or oil make treatments against skin dryness by your beautician of confidence at least once a month.
Once a week make a full-bodied mask based on ceramides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and snail drool.
It is difficult for dry skin due to physiological, genetic or constitutional causes to be transformed but certainly having a good daily skin care can help us to improve it considerably.
What are the ingredients and cosmetics, for face and body, that most of all quench our skin?
In order to moisturize the skin in a natural way, counteract early skin aging and prevent wrinkles, skin products must have an exclusive composition. The high quality of ingredients and the sophistication and care with which they are selected are important indicators of the quality of the moisturizing products and anti-aging.
What kind of composition should they have?
Based products, urea, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid are among the most used to “quench the skin”.
Urea is a molecule with keratolytic-exfoliating and moisturizing properties. Ceramides are fat, powerful allies to repair an already compromised skin barrier or to maintain its integrity. Hyaluronic acid retains water in the dermis giving softness and elasticity, especially to mature skins. But we must consider also the consistency: in principle, for the face, it is preferable to use emulsions or fluids “oil-free”, especially in the case of seborrheic skins, while the body free creams more fat.
At the texture level, which do you prefer during the summer?
The moisturizing cream has a thick and thick texture while the gel is lighter. During the summer period it is preferable the first as more effective in moisturizing and restoring the Hydro-lipid barrier of the skin.
The fluid for the face helps to counteract skin aging by quenching dehydrated and sensitive skin. In addition, the fluid face, which often has anti-age properties, neutralizes free radicals and making the skin bright already from the first applications. This product is particularly suitable for those who love creams with immediate absorption and is suitable for those who have a delicate skin.
Are there also oral supplements that help restore the “plumping” effect?
They exist, of course. But proper nutrition, with all the necessary macro and micronutrients, is the first rule to keep the skin healthy and compact.
Thanks to Stefania for her advice and to us it only remains to enjoy the sun and the good season but with some extra precautions! (translated with Google Translate)