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What is dehydrated skin?

At some time during your life, you are likely to find that your skin is feeling dry, rough and maybe flaky. Before you reach for a moisturiser especially for “dry skin” take a moment to understand your skin, so you can give it the right treatment. Dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. Dry skin is a lack of oil in the skin; whereas dehydrated skin is a lack of water. Dry skin is a skin ‘type’ but any skin type can suffer from dehydration – and at any time.

What causes /triggers dehydrated skin?

There are many factors that may contribute to skin dehydration, such as:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Environmental factors such as wind, cold air, heating/air conditioning, excessive sun-exposure
  • Harsh cleansers and skin care products (that disrupt the skin’s natural acid mantle)
  • Alcohol & smoking
  • Dehydrating caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee, cola)
  • Stress/emotional disharmony
  • Dietary imbalances & medications

Tips to help combat dehydrated skin naturally:

  • Switch to well formulated natural skincare free from harsh alcohols and drying chemicals
  • Keep up your water intake regularly throughout the day and avoid caffeinated drinks
  • Do something for yourself each week to keep your mind and spirit happy – lessen the stress load!
  • Consider some Omega supplements to provide hydration from within

Recommended 3 step skincare routine for dehydrated skin:

You can continue to use products designed for your specific skin type, but consider adding one or all of these products to your routine to curb the dehydration:

  1. Cleanse with Purify Facial Cleanser if you have oily skin, and for all other skin types that are dehydrated – use the Olive Soothing Cream Cleanser.
  2. Treat with Exfoliating 2 in 1 Scrub and Mask – this will slough away excess dead skin cells so your products better absorb. You can also pop on Radiant Rose Mask a few times a week for an immediate hydration boost.
  3. Hydrate with Olive Skin Serum. This can be applied directly to a damp face or add a few drops added to your moisturiser before applying.