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Tuesday, August 10


Did you know there's a difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin?
Or that there's a difference between hydration and moisturisation?
If you've been in the dark, grab a glass of water and find out why you need to give hydration some serious
attention !

As we know , the majority of our body is made up of water, contributing about 60% of the body's weight. Most of it is found within the cells of the body ( intracellular space ). The rest is found in extracellular space, consisting of blood vessels ( intravascular space ) and the spaces between cells ( interstitial space ).

The skin alone accounts for 20% of water. We lose about 2.5 litres of water each day via sweat, urine and bowel movements and cell processes.
We lose water even when we think we don't - When we breathe, humidified air leaves the body. When the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in, dehydration sets in and shows on our skin ( the body's largest organ ), making it look dull, dry,tight and uncomfortable, with superficial lines. The skin cells lose water and their plumpness reduces with insufficient hydration of the stratum corneum, the outer most layer of the epidermis, dehydration renders the skin an ineffective barrier against environmental aggressors. This is not a good thing.

Causes of Moisture Loss

Dehydration is caused by external and internal factors.

  • Externally --> there's rapid water evaporation - caused by environmental factors, incorrect skincare routine, diet, lifestyle and sun exposure.
  • Internally --> it's all about insufficient internal hydration - caused by abnormalities in bodily functions, illness, medication and ageing.
So it can't be blamed solely on not drinking sufficient water. Staying out in the sun reduces water and makes the skin diarrhoea and vomitting.
Poor cleansing habits and products like soap, dry out skin. Harsh acne treatments, like hydrogen peroxide, alter the keratinisation process and weaken the skin.
Cigarette smoking is directly associated with wrinkle formation.
Regular use of scrubs can break down cell cohesion in certain skin types.
Air conditioning causes moisture to evaporate quickly.
Hot showers remove sebum from the skins surface.
Excessive table salt intake can have a dehydrating effect.
Coffee, too, can contribute to dehydration.

Q :Dehydrated skin vs dry skin.....!!?

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