Most skin’s experience periods of dehydration. The skin can be dehydrated at any age, whether it is dry or prone to oiliness. Dehydration results from the skin’s inability to maintain an optimal water level. All cellular functions ( cellular growth, enzyme exchanges, absorption of nutrients etc) occur in the presence of water in the skin.
Dehydration is a genuine gateway for lines and wrinkles, as the epidermis contracts, it shrinks, becomes sunken, dull, more wrinkled, signs of cutaneous ageing are visibly exacerbated and the skin struggles to maintain its most basic functions. This is why the skin must be properly moisturised to help it cope with the passage of time, making it a crucial component for healthy functioning skin, at any age. A properly hydrated skin will always be structurally superior to a dehydrated skin.
The skin’s hydration levels result from the balance between water intake, water capture, water retention and water evaporation.
The sun, wind, cold, air-conditioning, travel, fatigue or stress, and overly aggressive skincare products are factors likely to alter the water balance of the skin.
A dehydrated Skin Instant is characterised by:
A lack of moisture on the skins surface
Feeling of tightness
Thin appearance similar to crepe paper
Fine horizontal lines especially in fragile areas such as the eye contour
Dull complexion, lacking radiance
Corrective and preventative actions:
Rapidly rehydrate the skin using products to rebuild and fortify the hydrolipidic film/barrier function of the epidermis
Help the skin maintain its level of hydration by enriching it with a hydroscopic substance such as the natural moisturising factor (NMF)
Restructure the horny layer of the epidermis for tight cellular junctions and increased intracellular lipidic cement
Facilitate water retention
Prevention of trans-epidermal water loss (T.E.W.L) / water evaporation