Surface dehydration can occur for several reasons:
Harsh cleansing products: soaps can strip the hydro-lipid film from the surface of the epidermis and leaving it unprotected and subject to moisture loss.
Skin damage:damaged skin takes on a withered look, and affected persons need assistance at the epidermal level.
Lifestyle:excessive use of alcohol and cigarette smoking, all reduce the flow of moisture and nutrition to the cells.
Medication:many cold and flu remedies have side-effects on the skin's surface.
Inadequate moisturizers:light textured and milky moisturizers that "disappear" into the skin offer little or no protection.
Heating and Air:moisture evaporates quickly within the dry atmosphere of overheated rooms and in cold climates.
Hot showers:friction and heat of hot water remove sebum from the skin's surface.
Some tips to protect your skin:
- Only use lukewarm water when washing the face.
- Adjust heating to a less than comfortable level and layer clothing to keep warm.
- Use a humidifier in your bedroom.
- Increase water intake, particularly if you are using cold and flu medications.
- Have a professional spa treatment that assists in exfoliating the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and encourages the turnover of new cells.
- Use protective creams with a high lipid content similar to the skin's own surface film.
- Additionally a small quantity of an anti-oxidant serum layered under moisturizers will work wonders.