The key difference between dehydration and dryness is that dryness is a lack of oil on the skin and dehydration is a lack of moisture in the skin. When you’re not consuming enough water, not enough moisture is transmitted from the inside (dermal reserve) to the outside layers of your skin (epidermis), and therefore results in dehydrated skin, which appears older looking
Drinking enough water is key to keeping your skin hydrated, but also be aware of your environment and take steps to hydrate your skin more often if needed. Be cautious of spending too much time in air-conditioned or heated rooms as this will evaporate the moisture from your skin, as will very hot or cold climates.
2. Over exfoliating
People mistake the importance of exfoliating often, with exfoliating too often. Exfoliating can brighten your skin as it increases skin cell turnover and stimulates the production of new cells, and as a result, helping your skin look rejuvenated.
Over exfoliating or exfoliating too hard can cause damage and redness, and can leave your skin feeling tight, irritated flaky or you may feel a burning sensation. Use a gentle, natural exfoliant every second or third day and avoid scrubbing the skin. Look out for exfoliators that are spherical so that they don’t tear at the epidermis and gently massage in circular motion with your fingertips, allowing the product to the work.
3. The deadly 3: alcohol, sugar, trans fats
What you consume has more affect on your skin than you might think. Where diet is concerned, alcohol, sugar and trans fats are three of your biggest enemies – not to mention to your overall health and wellbeing.
Alcohol is dehydrating and deprives your skin of vital nutrients and can lead to skin problems like rosacea. Sugar filled foods that rapidly convert to sugar in the body are detrimental to your skin too, as they cause insulin levels to spike, which leads to inflammation.
Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process called glycation, which increases the effects of ageing. Trans fatty acids, or trans fats are formed when manufacturers of processed foods turn liquid oils into solid fats
They offer no benefit to the body, or skin and can cause much damage. Eating trans fats can increase your bad cholesterol and decrease your good cholesterol, increase sebum production and lead to clogged pores and acne. Cut trans fats out of your body but embrace good fats including omega 3s and omega 6s by applying them to your skin via skincare products.
4. Using the wrong skin care for you
It’s very common for people to not actually know what their real skin type is, and as a result, they don’t know which products they should be using on their skin. The typical categories of oily, dry and combination skin are good basics, but they don’t address the wide variety of other problems or nuances that can affect skin type.
There are a lot of factors that can change your skin type including weather, stress levels and hormonal fluctuactions. It’s not unusual to have more than one skin type: sensitive and dry, oily and blemishprone.
5. Not using sun protection
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but adequate skin care is crucial for healthy skin. Not protecting your skin from the sun (with sunscreen, hat, clothing, sunscreen) will leads to more lines, wrinkles, sun spots, discolouration, textual changes and worse, skin cancer.
Choose a nanoparticle-free sunscreen and apply it daily to your face after you cleanse, tone and moisturize and before you apply your makeup.
About Mukti and Mukti Organics
Always driven to create a business that equals her passion, Mukti started Mukti Organics, not just as a personal passion project, but also as a business that will make a positive difference and that will give back on so many different levels. With over a decade of experience, Mukti prides herself and her business on its philosophy of sustainable and ethical products from Australia, and continue to create a beauty brand that is vegan and 100% organic.