Hello and Welcome to the August edition of our Aria blog!
As winter draws to an end, we are seeing lots of dehydrated and stressed skins. Let’s take a look at some ways you can battle dry skin and its associated issues.
There are two types of dryness within the skin:
- Dry – means a lack of lipids (oil) within the skin
- Dehydration – means there is a lack of water in the skin
This can present as a feeling of rough texture or tightness after cleansing, or you could notice redness (particularly across nose, cheeks and chin) or flaky, itchy patches. Eczema and dermatitis are also often made worse if your skin is dry.
Our favourite internal skin saving secret! Essential fatty acids are essential for healthy skin function. Our bodies cannot manufacture EFA’s, meaning they must be obtained from our diet. Typical Western diets are deficient in Essential Fatty Acids making it important to supplement them. We love DMK’s EFA Ultra as it provides Omega’s 3, 6, 7 and 9 from a plant based source (no nasty farmed fish oil!). EFA’s assist in maintaining cell membrane structure, integrity and moisture content. They work to restore the skin’s barrier which in turn prevents trans-epidermal water loss (or TEWL for short). TEWL describes the process of water evaporating too quickly out of the skin leaving it feeling dry and tight. Active ingredients including coconut oil, mekabu seaweed, evening primrose oil and sea buckthorn provide the body with the full group of Essential Fatty Acids. You’ll notice the skin is more hydrated, plump and glowing after taking the EFA’s for a period of time.
Did you know the skin is the body’s largest organ but the last to receive any nutrients? This means it is SO important to be reaching your water intake goal if hydrating your skin is a priority. We like to aim for 2 – 3L a day.
A blend of skin identical lipids that nourish dry skin. Think of Seba e as applying a topical version of DMK’s EFA Ultra. Soybean oil and oat kernel extract work to hydrate by restoring the skin’s barrier to prevent TEWL. When used with Herb and Mist, Seba E provides a complete replication of your skin’s own Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF).
Revises dehydration in the skin by increasing the volume of interstitial fluid (the liquid between your skin cells). Hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the cells within the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines (remember a hydrated skin is going to appear fuller, more bouncy and plump). Hydrating masque raises the free water levels within the epidermis, which helps to relieve irritation from dry, flaky skin.
And finally, some things to avoid for those suffering with dry and irritated skin; excessive fake heat such as air-conditioning, exfoliants that strip away the skin’s barrier, having hot showers and occlusive creams that only put a barrier over the skin without providing any transdermal hydration.
If you would like any more information on how best to treat your skin, book a bespoke consultation or treatment. These points are only the tip of the iceberg in combating dry skin through the winter months.
Love always, Kayla and the Aria Team xx