Are you experiencing dehydrated skin right now? It’s that time of year when the air is dry and your skin begins to feel really dry along with it.
When skin feels dry and dehydrated, what most people normally do is begin slathering thick, rich creams on their faces, only to continue the dry, uncomfortable skin feeling all winter long. This creates product dependency, which ideally, we want to completely avoid.
Externally, our bare skin needs to be in direct contact with its environment, in order to be healthy and not too dry or dehydrated. When it is in contact with the environment, our skin instinctively measures the humidity and quality of the air and then responds accordingly. When the air is dry, healthy functioning skin will respond by producing oil, lipids and natural moisturizing factors in order to moisturize itself (yep, it can hydrate and moisturize itself).
However, when we over moisturize topically or use moisturizers that are too thick or rich, this blocks the skin’s ability to be in direct contact with its environment. When the air is dry, the skin will not instinctively know to naturally produce what is needed to stay moisturized and hydrate itself, so the skin, without these thick topical moisturizers, becomes dry (because we have been blocking its ability to take care of itself). This ends up creating a skin addiction because the skin’s hydration level becomes dependent on thicker moisturizers, creating a vicious cycle.
This is one of the many reasons why a minimalist routine with natural, breathable ingredients is so vital (like the Skin ReSet routine). We have to be retrained to stop overdoing everything!
As for internal hydration, eat your fruits and veggies. “Living water”, the water found in fruits and veggies, hydrates your body better than anything else.
Caffeine-free herbal teas are also great this time of year. Calendula, red clover and peppermint can help stimulate your lymph system. And lavender, oat straw and lemon balm can all help calm your nervous system.
And of course, don’t forget your (filtered) water.