DRY SKIN – OIL DRY

Dry scaly skin is not plesant to touch, can’t be covered with makeup and can overtime become worst, sensitive and itchy.

If you have dry skin we are here to help…

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What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a lack of natural oils in the skin called lipids. Lipids are made up of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. They work as a natural moisturiser protecting the skin’s barrier by binding moisture to itself and preventing water loss from the skin. Without lipids, the skin loses it’s natural lubrication, dehydrates quickly and is vulnerable to the barrier becoming impaired.

Who is usually affected by dry skin?

Any person can be dry, but most commonly older women are more inclined to have a dry skin. Also women from menopause onward and the elderly. Oil production and cellular function decreases with age. The elderly will almost always have a dry skin, female and male. When men are younger, ( 45 and under ) their hormones tend to create more of an oily skin (Excess production of skin oils)

What does dry skin look like?

A dry skin usually feels tight, slightly rough, sometimes flaky and itchy. In thinner people, the skin is also thin, loose, lacking structure to it, with fine lines quite visible. Because there is less protection, the thin skin is more fragile can become red, sensitized and traumatized more easily. In heavier people dry skin can often be a thickened skin, rough and very dull in appearance. Lines and folds can be quite deep.

What causes dry skin?

Internal causes: An underactive oil gland, not producing enough natural skin oils.

  • Genetic predisposition to dry skin: inherited dry skin from parents.
  • Medications affect the cellular activity within the skin, slowing oil production.
  • Illnesses slow cellular activity of skin cells whilst the body repairs other areas of the body.
  • Unbalanced diet low in essential fatty acids. The skin needs the fatty acids from the diet to produce them in the skin. Also, an unbalanced diet can cause extra acidity in the body disrupting the acid mantle resulting in extra moisture loss from the skin.
  • Age Around 40 years onward, the skin starts to become more dry.

External causes:  

  • Use of strong products, harsh detergents and chemicals, stripping the skin of oils or incorrectly prescribed products.
  • Over washing and stripping the skins natural protective barrier.
  • Temperature: Low humidity, heating, air conditioning, wind or sun exposure, all suck moisture from the skin.
How to treat frustrating dry skin?

Dry skin needs to be treated internally and externally.

Internally:

  • A healthy balanced diet, rich in essential fatty acids  (ie salmon, avocado, nuts) will ensure better cellular function of the body and skin and better health of the acid mantle.

Externally:

Skin treatments: strengthening, nourishing, hydrating and restorative. Repairing the skins weakened barrier.

  • For dry skins that are also thin, dehydrated, sensitive : Hydration facial treatments with lipid rich nourishing ingredients:
    • Shea butter, emu oil, nut and seed oils, wheat germ to nourish and feed the skin and replace the missing natural skin oils.
    • Vitamins b & e antioxidants to slow cellular decay, vitamin c for strengthening the skin, vit a to stimulate cellular activity.
    • Hyaluronic acid for deep hydration.
  • Microdermabrasion: (For thickened dry skins,sun damaged, roughened, non sensitive) Microdermabrasion effectively buffs back the outer epidermal layer.   Microdermabrasion is an abrasive treatment that exfoliates and resurfaces the outer epidermal layer. It creates just enough redness in the skin to initiate the wound response in the skin which then results in newer refined and fresher skin. Topical applications are absorbed more effectively once the dead layer is refined. Mild redness and sensitivity are usual for 24 -48 hours.
  • LED light therapy: (For all dry skins.) Is a non invasive effective treatment. It produces low levels of light and energy necessary for human cells to repair and regenerate. It’s a treatment that addresses the declined cellular activity in the dermis. As a result building proteins collagen and elastin needed for structure of the skin increase production. Cells exposed to LED light grow and heal 150-200% faster.
  • Rejuvenation   IPL: for most dry skins (not sensitized or dark skins)              Similiarly to Microdermabrasion, IPL treats the skin by creating a wound response in the skin, resulting in collagen production that then strengthens the skin. This is considered a superficial laser treatment with minimal down time with just slight redness and perhaps sensitivity. 1-2 weeks after, the skin looks rejuvenated, fresh, lines soften. This treatment works best in conjunction with hydrating facial treatments
  • Using skin care that is suitable for your skin type is essential. Only use Sodium Laryl Sulphate free cleansers and shampoos. Constant use of lipid rich moisturisers high in natural oil content will manage and reduce the severity of dry skin.
  • Protect the skin when outside in the elements with SPF 30+
  • Moderate use of airconditioners and heaters. Heating such as hydraulic and radiating heaters dry the air less than central heating and fan forced.
  • Moderate washing of hands and body to what’s really necessary.
  • Wear gloves when washing up and cleaning.
  • Use environmental and people friendly cleaning products.