Sensitive, Dry & Dehydrated

Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Definition

Dry skin is a specific condition which occurs when the sebaceous glands are completely inactive or the natural excretes of sebum is minimal. Dehydrated skin is typically the lack of moisture in the stratum corneum. Even an oily prone skin can experience epidermal dehydration, therefore dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. Often, the sebaceous oil activity can still be normal – or even overactive – in dehydrated skin.

Understaning Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Dry skin is a lack of natural oil. The pores on a dry skin type are normally much smaller, the skin is visibly flaky and appears dull. Dry skin can be genetic, or the reaction to medication, which causes the sebaceous gland to become inactive. Dehydrated skin: lacks water and moisture content within the cells. Dehydrated skin is usually a temporary condition. This condition is often described as dry underneath and oily surface. To restore the natural moisture balance within the skin, it would need moisture-capturing ingredients to prevent further transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and to hydrate the skin from within by drinking enough water. Dehydrated skin concerns are mainly caused by external factors such as sun exposure, incorrect use of topical applications, harsh treatments, saunas, swimming and climate change.

Sensitive & Sensitised Skin

Definition

Sensitive & Sensitized skin types and conditions have become one of the most common skin concerns among people today. A sensitive skin type is genetic; while sensitized skin – also known as reactive skin – is based on several external factors.

Understaning Sensitive & Sensitised Skin

Sensitive skin usually has genetic origins and is redness-prone with red flushes. For sensitive skin, the slightest irritation or provocation can cause a flare up at any time. A reaction may be caused by allergies, pollution, chemical irritants, illness, extreme temperatures, and other unsuitable environmental conditions. The higher histamine levels in the body can make sensitive skin more susceptible to inflammatory conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. The visible signs of sensitive skin include chronic redness, dermatitis, chafing, broken veins and fine broken capillaries.

Sensitized skin, also known as ‘reactive skin’, is usually self-induced. Sensitized skin can also occur from pre-existing conditions, which can be undiagnosed or untreated, such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis and allergies to foods such as gluten and dairy. The use of harsh chemical cosmetics, make-up, too many harsh professional skin treatments which strip the natural hydrolipid barrier, medicine, diet and hormones, are all major contributing factors. When allergens come into contact with intolerant skin, the body issues a full-blown immune response, releasing antibodies to attack the offending substance which results in visible reddening and inflammation of the skin.

Targeted Solutions would be treating a sensitive or sensitized (reactive) skin comes down to ingredient formulations which focus specifically on the prevention of inflammation, protecting the natural hydrolipid barrier (acid mantle), reducing free radicals and restoring the skin’s natural health.