Mary's dry skin! Lets talk dry skin, why & how to keep skin hydrated

When the Elliott family has visitors, its always very exciting to revisit the past, as we've lived all over the world and always have children, friends or friends of family visiting, its extremely exciting living in regional Toowoomba having lots of people come up the hill to say hi, from all parts of the world - Sweden, England, New Zealand.  This is not to trivialise our friends from Victoria coming to visit, we still love you!!

Mary and Stevie from Cookham, near London in England came to visit and they masked up!

Mary has very dry skin, she says at home it often is red and inflamed, whereas Stevie has a beard and combination skin, which he says can be quite dry.  The contest is on as they both put a mask - Mary donned the Seaweed Hydrating Mask and Stevie was the benefactor of the Detox Charcoal Mask, aptly applied by the resident teenager, Miss Sophie, future beauty therapist in training!   Interestly Mary's skin did not show any sign of redness or dryness in our quite muggy, humid Australian conditions.  

It was interesting to note that the seaweed mask was almost entirely absorbed by Mary's skin, it was barely noticeable, whereas Stevie's charcoal mask was pretty much stayed the same.  

So lets talk dry skin - why is it bad to have dry skin?

Why is it Important to Keep Skin Hydrated?

Did you know that skin dryness is perhaps one of the greatest enemies towards achieving a more radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion?  Therefore, I can’t stress highly enough that skin moisturising should not be overlooked when trying to improve the condition of the skin.  To coin the phrase from Professor Sumner-Miller “Why is this so?”.

What is meant by the term skin moisturisation?  Well, it is the process of ensuring that hydration is brought into the skin and is retained there – this is vital to a healthy complexion.

So now let’s have a look at some of the benefits of keeping your skin properly hydrated:

The skin becomes plumper and more supple. 

When skin lacks water, it starts to lose its elasticity, wrinkles tend to appear more easily, and the skin looks more dry, tight and flaky.  So, when skin is well-hydrated, it is plumper and more resilient.  When there is adequate water from both within and out of the body the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles.

Your skin becomes less dull and more healthy

It probably comes as no surprise to you that besides the build-up of dead skin cells, dull skin also arises from a lack of hydration.  Keeping skin moisturised maintains your skin’s elasticity and helps address surface dullness by combating the build-up of dead skin cells.

Fights oil and acne is less aggravated

Do you have oily skin?  Well skin dehydration may be a key factor in giving rise to this condition.  When skin becomes dehydrated it sends signal to the glands to defend the skin and produce more oil.  So, by keeping your skin well hydrated, it becomes less oily and acne can be less aggravated as a result.

Helps remove toxins

To rid the body and skin efficiently of toxins the body itself needs to be well hydrated.  Unfortunately, for skin that is lacking in the hydration department it then becomes difficult for the skin to purge these toxins and their presence can result in irritation and inflammation.

Therefore, it’s imperative that we do all we can to protect and nourish our skin.  Throughout the day our body works extremely hard to replenish and revitalise its outer layer however, it is still important to remember that we ourselves can adopt several strategies to ensure a healthy complexion is achieved.

So, what are the best ways to add water to the skin?

  • Drink more water.  Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins.  Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin… but it certainly can't hurt.  Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow.  Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results.  Nothing will happen overnight, but even a good couple of weeks of increasing water intake should be enough for you to see how hydration affects your own skin.
  • Incorporate both hydrating and moisturising products into your routine.  For effective skin moisturisation both products should be used in conjunction with increasing your water intake.  The reason for this is hydrating products are formulated to help increase water content to the skin by drawing more water to the skin, ultimately resulting in a plumper appearance.  Meanwhile, moisturisers help prevent the skin’s water content from evaporating into the air.
  • Moisturise after a shower or bath.  About two to three minutes after a shower or bath the skin is still porous that then allows for better absorption of moisturising products thus increasing skin hydration.

Hopefully this has given you some insight into how hydration, both internal and external, can go a very long, long way for the health and appearance of your skin.