I used to have a big Asian skincare routine and I actually found when I simplified it I saw better results. Asian skin care are usually big on hydration and nourishing the skin.
Drinking water and staying hydrated has made the biggest improvement in my Forehead Wrinkles. I can tell immediately if I am dehydrated by the lines in my skin.
While you are right about severe dehydration causing severe symptoms, I wouldn’t so strictly say it has no effect on skin before it has a direct one on your brain.
When you stop drinking water and a body feels a lack of it, it concentrates urine so you’d pee in dark yellow-orange, smelly urine. Next step is to extract water from the body cells… skin included. This is done so you have enough volume of liquid in your veins. And loss of water from brain cells happens as an absolute last measure, when the body can’t do anything to stop it.
There is a test we do, called skin turgor – pinching slightly the skin atop of the back of your hand, or belly. If you’re dehydrated, a kind of lump forms and stays for a second or two. If your not, the skin goes back to the way it was instantly. And this happens way before a person develops any noticeable “brain” symptoms.
So, drink water, folks!
Last week, I received an email from a reader enquiring about dry skin care routine. here are the few lines from her message:
So I’ve been having a battle with my skin for a few years now and after a good 5 years battling cystic acne (which I now know was from using colorstay foundation) I can’t seem to beat my dry skin! I’m 24 and I have sensitive skin which is dry with a very flaky chin and slightly flaky nose and forehead. My routine right now is rinsing my face with warm water in the morning, I wear sunscreen every day too. I use the OCM method with just argan oil in the night time and then put either Vaseline, avene rich compensating cream or lush skin drink on. I also use an exfoliating wash 2-3 times a week and I purchased FAB radiance pads today too.
Here’s what I have suggested her:
I’d say skip the exfoliating wash. Physically exfoliating flaky skin tends to make it so much worse for me. It ends in a viscous cycle of scrubbing the flakes, things are good for a few hours and then even MORE flakes.
The FAB radiance pads seem to be ok and the AHAs will help exfoliate gently. However, some people say glycolic acid sorta burns, so I’d imagine it could sting a bit on the dry flaky parts. I’d suggest starting off slowly (1-2x a week) at first. And maybe even waiting until you get the really dry bits healed up before incorporating them into your routine.
At night, Use argan oil as SERUM before moisturizer after OCM and then put a thin layer of vaseline over that. It will help seal in moisturize over night and should help heal the really dry spots.
One thing I usually recommend is EltaMD intense moisturizer. It’s supposed to be a daytime friendly alternative to vaseline.
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