Treatment & Diagnosis

Dehydrated and dry skin

When your skin feels dry, you think it is dry. However, it may be dehydrated. The tricky part is when skin is dehydrated, it can create breakouts, irritation and dry patches. It’s essential to know the difference.

What’s the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

The interesting thing is both dry and dehydrated skin can feel the same; they both feel dry. When you have dry skin, your whole body feels dry and itchy.

You will hear yourself saying things like, “my skin soaks up the moisturiser and feels dry so quickly after I apply it”. Your skin needs replenishing oils like rosehip, jojoba, macadamia nut, and avocado oils rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help nourish, replenish, smooth, strengthen, and help increase elasticity.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, lacks water. This skin does not like a lot of oil, and if you use products that are too oily, your skin usually breaks out and can become irritated with dry, flaky patches. Your skin needs hydrating.

Soothing and moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid, to saturate and bath the deeper layers of your skin in water. Niacinamide to balance and regulate your skin, and magnesium, zinc and copper to help improve the skin’s appearance and increase anti-ageing and skin revitalizing properties.

Treatment pack formulas work together to restore and relieve skin tightness and dryness.

What causes dehydrated or dry skin?

Your skin becomes dehydrated and dry when there is a lack of oil and water content in the outermost layer (stratum corneum) of our skin. Lack of oil and water is the critical difference between dehydrated, dry skin and healthy skin. The top layer of skin (epidermis) forms a protective barrier over the surface below.

Typically, the outermost layer has the same surface area as the skin layers beneath it. When the water content is low, however, this layer shrinks in volume and size. As it tightens against the skin below, it cracks, producing that flaky or scaly appearance we recognise as dry skin.

As skin cells move from the bottom layer (Basal Layer) towards the surface of the skin, they begin to change and sandwich together to form a protective oil and water barrier called the hydrolipidic film (acid mantle). This barrier is responsible for slowing down water loss (dehydration).

The outermost layer is our skins first line of defence and waterproofing system and is tightly knit together like tiles on a roof. Oil and water seal this protective layer. Water moves through the skin to the skin’s surface, and oils (lipids) travel up via the oil gland (sebaceous gland). Moisture allows the skin to remain supple and smooth, and oil gives skin nourishment and lubricates dry skin cells.

When skin oils are low, the skin has difficulty holding water, which then results in dryness, dehydration and scaliness.

How to restore dry skin and dehydrated skin

Whether your skin is dry or dehydrated any damage and malfunction of your surfaces protective barrier prevents the skin from retaining normal moisture levels. When the skin’s barrier is impaired, your skin loses moisture and elasticity. It cracks and wrinkles and can start a cycle of being dry, red, itchy and irritated and speeds up the ageing process of the skin.

Why are water and oil important to your skin?

Water hydrates skin cells and improves the appearance of skin and the oil forms an environmental shield, protecting our skin against external elements and maintains the internal environment. Oils are essential for maintaining proper moisture levels by preventing dehydration. Deficiency in essential fatty acids in products and diet can hinder the absorption of skincare into the skin. There is a moisture reservoir in the deeper layers of the skin that gives support to collagen and elastin and promotes moisture retention in the collagen fibres. Hyaluronic acid makes up about 70% of this reservoir of gel-like fluids and acts as a ‘molecular sponge’ attracting and holding moisture.

How do I restore my skin?

By using skin-identical ingredients that mimic those found in the skin such as hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, glycerol, fatty acids, sodium PCA and phosphatidylcholine to help transport ingredients into the skin. They combined with vital elements to help the skin’s natural ability to function normally and support the skin’s barrier function preventing dry, flaky skin.

Caring for dehydrated and dry skin

Maintaining a regular skincare routine will help support radiant skin and prevent dehydration and dryness. As with food, when we choose natural skin-identical products free from potentially harmful chemicals, that nurture our skin by delivering the nutrients, it needs, our skin responds with vibrant, glowing health. Our skin keeps 100% of the nutrients, exactly where we need them to restore, nourish and revitalise skin.

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Balance skin oils and water

Our skin requires oil and water to stay hydrated and keep the protective waterproof barrier intact. The skin has a natural affinity to absorb botanical plant-based oils rich in essential fatty acids and super hydrating skin identical ingredients like hyaluronic acid, in cosmeceutical moisturisers and serums will hydrate, plump and boost essential skin hydration and repair.

2

Increase fatty acids

Essential Fatty acids (EFA’s) are vital elements in a natural skincare diet and are the building blocks for healthy cell membranes. Dry, inflamed skin with blackheads and whiteheads is often due to a lack of EFA’s. Rosehip, jojoba, macadamia nut and olive oil are called essential fatty acids for a reason, they are essential, to skin cell health. They are also crucial in the formation of the skins natural protective barrier, which keeps our skin hydrated, plump and young-looking.

3

Increase antioxidants and neutralise free radicals

Free radicals can damage skin cells and lead to weakened elasticity, collagen breakdown and the skin ageing prematurely. Skincare rich in potent antioxidants, like Vitamin A, (Retinal) Vit B (Niacinamide), Vit C (Kakadu Plum), Vit E, green tea extracts and resveratrol protect your skin and neutralises free radicals giving skin the best in skin repair and anti-ageing benefits.

Stop using products with petroleum-based ingredients like mineral oil that clog and suffocate the skin and make-up wipes, that contain alcohol and dry and irritate the skin and use products with ingredients your skin recognises as skin food. Good skin starts with good quality ingredients that work.

Step by step guide to rehydrate and nourish dry skin

When choosing a skincare range, it is vital to select scientifically proven skin identical ingredients in the correct combination to compliment your skin concern, giving you the added assurance of the products being effective.

1. Revitalise your skin with the right cleanser

Cleansing milks are ideal for dry skin, as they gently cleanse your skin without striping vital protective oils on the skins surface and maintain the natural protective barrier.

Revitalising Cleanser will leave the skin clean and refreshed, gently removing makeup and impurities from the surface of the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural protective barrier. The tailored combination of chamomile and aloe vera preserves the skin and is the first step in helping restore a calm and hydrated complexion.

When to use

  • Complete this routine every morning and evening

Application

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps to skin
  • Add water, cleanse for 30 seconds
  • Remove with a wet face cloth

2. Soothe and hydrate your skin

Facial mists help hydrate and calm skin, providing nutrients that help replenish a dull complexion for a more radiant and dewy skin.

Pure Botanical Mist instantly cools, calms and hydrates skin, providing an instant boost in moisture and nutrients to help increase hydration and lessen skin irritations. This advanced calming formula targets skin with a unique combination of skin relieving boosters of chamomile, hyaluronic acid and a unique mineral skin repair blend that gives skin a refreshing moisture glow.

When to use

  • Mist skin after cleansing
  • Follow with Restore Rx Lotion
  • Can be used throughout the day and over Mineral Veil Foundation

Application

  • Spritz over face after cleansing, then apply your skin serum and moisturiser.
  • Spritz over Mineral Veil Foundation to set makeup
  • Spritz throughout the day to rehydrate and soothe skin

3. Hyaluronic moisture boost

The key to skin moisture is hyaluronic acid which has the unique capacity to retain water and provide lasting hydration, alleviating dryness and premature ageing.

Hydrating Peptide Serum instantly boosts the skin’s hydration levels, locking in moisture, relieving dryness and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This intensive medical-grade hyaluronic booster soothes irritated skin and improves skin softness. Peptides re-energise collagen-producing cells visibly plumping skin, and helping skin regain its youthfulness.

When to use

  • Use every morning and/or evening as needed

Application

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps to a thoroughly clean face
  • Massage in

4. Nourish your skin

Botanical oils hydrate and nourish skin, packed with micronutrients to help reduce dryness and seal in moisture, giving a visibly healthier, glowing complexion.

Phyto Nutrient Oil is infused with rosehip and jojoba skin-replenishing oils to nourish and protect dehydrated and ultra-dry skin. Restoring the skin’s natural protective barrier, sealing in moisture and penetrating to the deeper layers of the skin increasing volume and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When to use

  • Mornings and evenings over serum and before moisturising

Application

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps to face and neck, over Hydrating Peptide Serum, followed with Vitamin Enriched Cream
  • Massage in

5. Enrich your skin

Infusing skin with rich nourishing botanical oils will help increase moisture and oil levels and help restore the skins natural protective barrier

Vitamin Enriched Cream has been specially formulated for extremely dry and dehydrated skin and brings an instant improvement to the depth of wrinkles, weakened thin skin. This combination of our top anti-ageing ingredients helps bring a dramatic difference in volume, hydration, and tone of the skin.

When to use

  • Apply morning and evening over serum or when needed

Application

  • Apply 1 to 2 pumps to face and neck, over Phyto Nutrient Oil (Apply over Hydrating Peptide Serum, if Phyto Nutrient Oil was not used)
  • Massage in

6. Activate and regenerate your skin

Help reverse the signs of ageing with our potent retinal-A serum that visibly improves wrinkles, crows-feet and helps lift and tone skin.

Perfect Skin Serum I is a potent vitamin-enriched serum with retinal-vitamin A and anti-ageing skin-boosting botanicals. This formula improves skin quality and texture, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin colour and an even-tone. Your skin will feel hydrated, firm and smooth and look radiant.

  • Begin with Perfect Skin Serum I (.5%) and graduate to Perfect Skin Serum II (1%).

When to use

  • In the evening after cleansing

Application

  • Apply to a clean skin
  • 1 – 2 pumps, massage into skin
  • Follow with your moisturiser
  • For first time users, apply every second night for the first 2 weeks, then every night.

7. Inner skin health

A perfect match with moisturising and nourishing products for dry skin and hair.

Flexibility Wholefood Powder is a perfect nutritional support for nails, skin integrity post dermal therapies and cosmetic procedures, collagen, devitalised skin, poor wound healing, autoimmune skin conditions, dermatitis and support for healthy joints and bones. A great match with everyday skincare products.

Application

Blend 2 level teaspoons (7g) to 200ml of water, smoothies or juice or sprinkle over cereal to increase nutrient intake as part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

8. Inner skin health

Collagen Boost gives your anti-ageing serums an extra internal boost and can be incorporated with all skin care regimes.

Collagen Boost is suitable for skin elasticity, hydration, lines and wrinkles and improves wound healing and reduces scars. Bio available, tested for toxic heavy metal safety, no synthetics.

Application

Blend 2 level teaspoons (7g) to 200ml of water, smoothies or juice or sprinkle over cereal to increase nutrient intake as part of a balanced and nutritious diet.