Ask the Expert: Dehydration 101, Your Guide to Getting Back Your Dewy, Radiant Complexion
With changing temperatures, extreme weather conditions and all the stress that elements are putting us through, this time of the year many of us are no strangers to skin dehydration. Low temperatures aside, dehydration is a skin condition that can be caused by multiple factors, and cold weather isn’t among the top ones.
Rumore Beauty sat down with a holistic aesthetician and natural beauty expert Anastasia Vashchuk (you can also find her on Instagram @anastasia.natura) to talk about causes of dehydration and what to do to protect your skin and get smooth, dewy complexion, rain or shine.
Against the popular belief, dehydrated skin is not a result of cold temperatures outside or dry air coming from radiators and indoor heaters. In fact, dehydrated skin can be caused by many factors, and often a combination of factors that strip skin of natural moisture, making it more susceptible to the impact of the elements and the environment.
- Take a closer look at your skincare: While active ingredients such as retinol or acids may be helpful with addressing skincare concerns, your skin won’t thank you for overusing them. For example, if your cleansing and toning products are packed with acids, you may have to face the side effects of over-exfoliation that results in skin stripped of moisture and a weakened skin barrier. Re-examine your cleansing routine to make sure it’s not too aggressive and that it contains hydrating ingredients. Another question to ask: is your moisturizer good for you and is it equipped to do the job? Apply creams with emollients on top of hydrating serums. Hydrating serums may actually cause dehydration if a proper moisturizer isn't applied on top. Treat your skin for a repairing mask with ceramides, panthenol or squalane once or twice a week and invest in a peptide-based moisturizer that will help balance skin's hydration levels. Last but not least – and I won’t be the first person you will hear it from – wear your SPF to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Lack of sun protection is one of the top causes of skin aging and dehydration.
- Check your diet: What we eat and drink has a direct reflection on our skin. So, it’s important to have a balanced diet that supports our skin health. It may come off as a surprise, but I ask my clients to stop drinking caffeine-based beverages and alcohol while we're working to revive their dehydrated skin. Alcohol and caffeine-based drinks flush out water and micro- and macronutrients from the body, dehydrating the skin. To support the skin, consumer foods that are rich in vitamins, omega fatty acids and proteins for a healthy-looking radiant complexion from the inside out.
- Re-examine your lifestyle: Your stress levels, lack of sleep or burnout can make a difference in the appearance of your skin. As someone who takes a holistic approach to skincare, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a balanced life.
- Consult your doctor: Even though you may have a spot-on skincare routine, a nutrient-rich balanced diet and stress-free lifestyle, your skin may have hormones to blame for its dehydration. See a specialist for a comprehensive physical exam and bloodwork to find the potential imbalance and come up with the best treatment plan.
- Improve air quality: The air indoors can get dry, especially in winter months, so it’s important to invest in a humidifier and place it in a room where you sleep or spend a lot of time.