Dry or Dehydrated?
There are two underlying causes that can result in dry skin. One is lack of water (aka dehydrated skin) and one is lack of lipids (aka dry skin). Depending on the reason for your dry skin state, you will want to approach treatment differently. The first step is to identify the cause of your dry skin. Ask yourself these questions to help identity what type of dry skin you may be experiencing:
DRY SKIN | This type of dry skin is caused by a lack of lipids. Dry skin types are genetically predisposed to produce less sebum than a normal skin type and are most prone to this type of dry skin.
DEHYDRATED SKIN | This skin state is skin that lacks water. "But I drink plenty of water during the day!" you might be thinking. Dehydrated skin is also caused by several other factors like excessive cleansing, harsh products, & environmental factors. It's also important to note that skin can be both oily & dehydrated.
A Simple Skincare Ritual for Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin craves hydrous nutrition & moisturizers help skin retain water.
Cleanse: Skip AM suds to avoid over-cleansing which exacerbates dryness. Rinse with water in the AM & cleanse with our Aloe + Rose Clay Soap in the PM.
Exfoliate: Give your skin gentle exfoliation using the Hibiscus Mud 2-3 times per week. Assist your skin in removing dead skin cells that may block proper absorption of nutrient-rich moisturizers & water. If your skin is highly sensitized or inflamed, reduce to 1x per week or skip until skin improves.
A Simple Skincare Ritual for Dry Skin
Dry skin requires gentle cleansing & fatty acids to replenish & protect.
Cleanse: Skip AM suds to avoid over-cleansing which exacerbates dryness. Cleanse with the Night Regenerative Balm in the evening.
Exfoliate: Gently exfoliate using the Hibiscus Mud 1-2 times per week to keep pores clear & ready to absorb nutrient-rich oils. Avoid using too many harsh acids in your routine to prevent the stripping of natural oil.
Dehydrated skin craves water.
- Drink plenty of H20, try adding lemon juice or chia seeds.
- Eat water water-rich fruits & veggies & other foods like soups.
- Consider a humidifier for your bedroom & leave it on while you sleep.
- If you're working out & sweating, remember to up your water intake, too!
- Consider essential fatty acid supplements.
- Avoid harsh, oil-stripping products & keep alcohol-free toning mists like our Rose & Neroli toner handy.
- Deeply hydrating serums & balms are your skin's best friend!