The terms are often used interchangeably, The issues, however, are very much intertwined. Dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks natural oil. So your skin could be dehydrated, dry, or both. … With dry skin, lack of moisture (lipid content) can result in rough, dry or flaky skin. If this is your skin, make sure you’re using the right moisturizing ingredients.
How Dehydrated Skin and Dry Differ
When our skin’s outermost layer its barrier—isn’t working properly, it leads to symptoms we’d think of as dryness: itchy, flaky, and dull skin. Yet, sometimes this dysfunction goes so far as to prevent our skin from effectively holding onto water, causing dehydration. Both issues can be tied to genetics (some people are simply prone to barrier imbalance), but they’re usually the result of external factors. Think of the rough patches that arise from the dry air on a long flight. Dehydration is a little more extreme, however, and it’s typically self-imposed. Sometimes we can overdo the skincare products by over exfoliating by scrubbing too hard, too frequently, which deteriorates the barrier and just leaves skin raw.
The Surprising Side Effect that Dehydrated Skin Has
Beyond typical dry skin symptoms, dehydrated skin is also oilier (and more breakout-prone). When your skin is strapped for water, it can’t produce it. So, to overcompensate, the sebaceous glands go into overdrive. When this happens, our natural inclination may be to strip away every drop of oil and slather on harsh treatments, but this only worsens breakouts and perpetuates the dehydration cycle. Dumping a bunch of benzoyl peroxide on there essentially burns a hole through your barrier
How to Fix Both of the Issues
Since dehydration and dryness are opposite sides of the same barrier-disrupted coin, the remedy is the same. Wait what? Does this even sound right?
First, stop whatever aggressive skin behavior landed you here to begin with. Then, focus hydrating your skin and babying the barrier with gentle, restorative ingredients. Hyaluronic acid, makes for an excellent hydrator, and it works even better when layered with barrier-replenishing fatty acids, found naturally in plant seed oils like hemp seed and pumpkin seed.
Undoubtedly, the best time to apply these ingredients is at night. This is when you’re going to get the most bang for your buck in terms of hydration. Skin cells are naturally regenerating at this time, so hydrating ingredients will get more depth. In addition: It’s a controlled environment. It’s not like you’re putting on your moisturizer and then going outside into 30 mph winds, which could get in the way of the ingredients doing their job. Other than that, make sure you’re treating your whole body well. Getting adequate sleep, keeping stress levels in check, and eating a nutrient-rich diet alone can’t fix your skin but they sure do help.
Quench that Thirst
Rehab skin with this lineup of hydrating helpers.
Banana Face Mask
Being rich in essential nutrients and minerals like potassium and vitamins C and B6, bananas are a staple of any healthy vegan diet. And now, we will show you how to use these sweet tropical delights to make a moisturizing vegan face mask for a dry, dull and damaged skin.
We added small amounts of baking soda and organic turmeric powder to the recipe to combat oily skin and acne breakouts. All this makes this mask a perfect match for those who have combination skin and also suffer from recurring bouts of acne.
Ideal for all skin types, but especially helpful for those suffering from any sort of dryness or dehydration—this mask acts as a stand-in for your skin barrier, holding in water and driving hydrators
- Banana (nourishes and hydrates skin)
- Baking soda (absorbs oil and gently exfoliates) – 1 teaspoon
- Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – ½ teaspoon
Step 1. Chop and mash a ripe banana
- Peel and chop 1 ripe banana.
- Mash the pieces into a fine pulp.
Step 2. Mix in turmeric powder and baking soda
- Add ½ teaspoon of organic turmeric powder to the mashed banana pulp.
- Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda as well.
- Mix well.
Step 3. Apply the mask at least twice a week to deal with acne breakouts
- Using a cosmetic brush, apply the paste all over your face and neck.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water and gently pat dry your face.
Use this DIY vegan mask 2 or 3 times a week on a regular basis to keep acne in check and prevent breakouts.
To solve the issue of both breakouts and dryness that happen with dehydration, look to linoleic acid—a fatty acid that not only helps rebuild the barrier but has also been shown to keep pores clear, preventing pimples. You can do this by eating the following vegan friendly foods:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
Try AlpStories Regime for Dry Itchy Skin
Rosemary Bath Salt
Say, hello to your new night time oasis that will help rid you of your dry itchy skin. Ladies, immerse yourself in the intensely aromatic smell and sensation of a bathing experience in this rosemary sea salt escape. The rosemary herb is soothing and balancing on the skin and can help to relieve dryness, itchiness and the negative impact of UV damage and free radicals. When combined with purifying and detoxifying sea salt, this is a soak you won’t want to end.
Over the past decade, argan oil has grown in popularity for use on skin and hair due to all the nutrients argan contains and now 100% pure and organic argan oil is extremely difficult to find. Native to the beautiful, exotic land of Morocco, argan is a small kernel historically pressed to release its oil. Containing tocopherols and fatty acids, argan is an excellent carrier oil that penetrates the skin and hair without leaving a greasy residue. Next, this lather this nutrient-rich oil all over your face and body for added softening, and hydration.
Argan Oil Facial Cream
Saved the best for last! An all-in-one face product, this argan oil cream is a skin treat for any skin type including those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, acne and aging or unpredictable skin. Argan oil has a refreshing fragrance and naturally light texture making this an excellent choice for priming the face. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, also containing vitamin E and fatty acids, argan is known for its moisturizing, toning and healing capabilities. Experience the transformative combination of evening primrose, almond and shea in this sumptuous, vegan face cream.
Just as you’re slipping under the covers at night—preparing yourself for off mode—your skin’s about to clock in for its busiest shift, regenerating new cells and repairing all the damage you’ve incurred during the day.
But there’s a downside to this productive phase—it’s also the time when your skin is most vulnerable to dryness, which is why a proper nighttime skincare routine is so important to have. And AlpStories did the hard part for you. We told you all about what you need to stop the dry itchy skin once and for all. Now you have all that you need. Want to tweak some of the ingredients yourself to make it more personalized? Not a problem. We can you help you out there also. Just visit the personalized section of our website, answer a few questions and in a few moments you can make your own customized facial cream. It’s that easy.