Skincare 101 Dry Skin
Lifestyle for Dry Skin
Dry skin can be caused by any number of things, some out of your control, but many within it. If you've covered yourself with lotion but aren't getting any relief, where are you going wrong? What could be causing it?
Multiple factors can contribute to drying skin: aging, an underlying skin condition, or environmental factors. Sometimes it resolves on its own, and sometimes you need to call in your dermatologist.
What Causes Dry Skin?
When the skin's barrier isn't working well, too much water or oil is lost. The skin's outer layer loses its ability to hold together and protect the inner layers beneath it. The inner layers, responsible for most of the skin's moisture, lose their water through the damaged skin barrier.
Things that can contribute to dry skin include:
Skin becomes thinner and drier as we age.
Those with eczema as children are more likely to have dry skin as adults. Psoriasis is another one that can lead to dry skin. Pathological conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease, or malnutrition can be factors, as well.
High levels of chlorine can dry the skin. Swimming on a regular basis may do it, but some tap water has enough chlorine to anger your skin.
"Hard" water that contains a high concentration of minerals (lead, magnesium, and zinc) can leave a film on the skin that causes dryness.
Less moisture in the air can lead to dry skin, especially in the winter with forced, hot air.
Spending time immersed in water or washing your hands all day can make your skin dry, raw, and cracked.
Researchers say that it can be inherited.
What Does Dry Skin Look Like?
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Rough, scaly, or flaking skin
- Gray, ashy skin (in people with darker skin tones)
- Chapped or cracked lips
- Cracks in the skin, which may bleed if severe
If you've had it long enough or severely enough that your skin cracks, be watchful. This opens the door for germs to cause an infection. Be on the lookout for red, sore spots.
Products for Dry Skin
Lack of hydration in the skin can come from many different situations. Environmental or genetic predisposition can cause skin to be dehydrated, dry or even excessively dry. The difference between dehydrated skin and dry or excessively dry skin has to do with lack of water OR lack of oil in the skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water and dry or excessively dry skin is lacking oil.
Dehydration can be considered a temporary condition of the skin and may be easy to treat with a few adjustments to your lifestyle and skincare regimen. Because treating dehydration begins from the inside out, one of topical probiotics’ natural actions is to balance hydration levels of the skin from within, rather than just on the skin’s surface. Using Glowbiotics Probiotic Skincare in daily skin care routines gives an advantage when these skin conditions arise. Along with our topical probiotics, we use active, targeted ingredients proven to help replenish and prevent future dehydrated skin.
Below are GLOWBIOTICS product regimen suggestions for dehydrated skins:
- Cleanse AM & PM: Probiotic Revitalizing Cleanser
- Balance: Probiotic Brightening & Refining Layering Solution or Probiotic Instant Resurfacing Pads
- Treat AM: Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- Treat AM & PM: Advanced Retinol Renewal Treatment Serum or Ultimate Youth Restoring Serum
- Hydrate AM/PM: Gentle Probiotic Calming Lotion
- Hydrate AM/PM for drier skin: Probiotic Multi-Brightening Anti-Aging Cream
- Prevent AM: Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB
- Eye Area AM/PM: Soothing + Revitalizing Eye Cream
BOOST YOUR SKINCARE Regimen:
FOR EXTRA firming, hydration and volume…. apply Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/décolleté in the morning and/or the evening before you apply the treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
FOR EXTRA balance, soothing and radiance…. apply the Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil to face, neck and décolleté after you apply the morning treatment step OR mix directly into the morning hydrate step OR mixed with the Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB OR mixed with your liquid foundation!
FOR EXTRA calming, redness reduction and soothing…. apply the Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/or décolleté in the morning and/or evening before you apply treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
Tips for Dry Skin
Exfoliate your skin one to two times a week using ingredients which will not strip your skin! Removing that dead skin build up allows active ingredients to penetrate much easier. However, no need to over exfoliate your skin. Over exfoliation can lead directly back to tight dry and itchy skin.
Consistency is key! Use the products and follow your skin care regimens morning and night to yield the best results. These ingredients can only do their job if you use the products faithfully!
Consult with a professional skin care expert, such as a licensed esthetician. Estheticians have access to professional strength ingredients & professional protocols like chemical peels, which can offer you a custom plan of action needed for dehydrated, dry and excessively dry skin types.
If you suffer from dry skin, you may want to follow these steps:
- Drink plenty of water. There's no better way to hydrate your skin than to work from the inside, out.
- Eat healthy, choosing a variety of foods high in antioxidants and probiotics for a one-two punch, easing inflammation and helping to strengthen your skin's barrier function.
- Avoid fragrances, including in your moisturizer and cleaning products.
- Cleanse hands and face in lukewarm water and use a cream-based cleanser, followed immediately with a lotion while your skin is still wet. Look for formulas that contain ingredients like bean-based butters (cocoa and shea) for hydration that utilizes non-drying scents.
- Put good bacteria to work. Probiotics can work topically on your skin the rebalance the microbiome, helping to strengthen the skin's barrier and relieving inflammation.
- Choose face and body wash to be gentle and unscented.
- Wear gloves when scrubbing dishes or cleaning your house.
- Utilize a home filtration system to lighten the mineral content of the water, and be sure your skincare regimen contains chelators like vitamins A and C to counteract the hard coating left by hard water. Consider installing a chlorine filter on your shower head to alleviate some of the chlorine from your tap water as you shower.
- Employ a humidifier in the winter time.
Diet for Dry Skin
Dry skin may be caused by any number of things. But when the skin’s barrier isn’t working well, too much water or oil is lost and the outer layer loses its ability to hold together and protect the inner layers beneath. The inner layers of the skin can lose water through the damaged skin barrier.
If you suffer from dry skin, following a good skin care routine with nourishing ingredients can go a long way. In addition, it’s imperative that you take care of your skin from the inside out. The first thing you can do to help your skin is to drink plenty of water. There’s no better way to hydrate your skin.
Eat healthy, choosing a variety of foods high in antioxidants and probiotics for a one-two punch, easing inflammation and helping to strengthen your skin’s barrier function. Healthy fats and oils found in avocados, olive oil, nuts, and coconut oil can add needed moisture and reduce inflammation. Other foods that can nourish your dry skin include:
Salmon and other Fatty Fish
Certain foods and beverages can also contribute to your skin’s discomfort, so they should be avoided! They include:
Refined Carbohydrates (like white rice, bread, and pasta)