The human body is made up of approximately 55–65% water. Every cell, tissue, and organ within the human body needs water to function properly.
Water helps the body to:
- sweat to prevent overheating
- avoid constipation
- lubricate and cushion joints
- protect the spinal cord
- protect sensitive tissues
- remove waste from the body via urination and bowel movements
The body is using up water constantly. People need to replace the water they lose by drinking water and other fluids.
If people use more water than they take in, they can become dehydrated. Dehydration can affect all parts of the body, including the skin.
Dry skin is classified as a skin type and is inherited through your genetics. Dry skin is defined as a skin type that is predisposed to inadequate production of the skin’s natural oils. In addition, dry skin can be connected to hormonal imbalances or an underactive thyroid. This can inhibit your skin’s sebum production, contributing to a complexion that is dry and lacklustre in appearance. While your dry skin type can’t be changed, you can improve its appearance through treatments that can regulate skin dysfunctions (DMK Enzyme Therapy) or by incorporating oil-infused products to your skin care routine.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. It is caused by external elements (weather and seasonal changes), unhealthy diet (lack of fresh produce) and lifestyle choices (alcohol or caffeine consumption). All of these factors deplete your skin’s water content, resulting in a less supple appearance. Dehydration is characterized by a lack of water, not oil; even oily skin types can become dehydrated. Luckily, dehydrated skin is temporary and can be relieved with a combination of topical treatments, skincare and lifestyle changes.
What causes dehydrated skin?
There are numerous causes of dehydration, including:
- not drinking enough water
- sweating too much
- losing fluids through diarrhea or vomiting
- having a fever
- having a sunburn
Common signs of dehydrated skin:
- increased thirst
- dry lips/mouth
- reduced urination
- dark or strong smelling urine
- tiredness or dizziness
- sunken eyes
What causes dry skin?
Various factors can cause an imbalance in your overall skin condition such as different weather seasons, sun exposure, general ageing, inadequate use of skin care products and bathing habits can impact your overall skin condition. Dry skin is a common skin concern and many people from all walks of life. Dry skin in not a serious problem and in most cases easily treated. In some instances your dry skin may have an underlying medical cause, such as dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema.
Common signs of dry skin include:
- itchy skin
- increased sensitivity
- dull skin
- fine lines and wrinkles
- flaky skin
Our dermal/skin therapists work closely with our Cosmetic Doctor and if needed will be able to diagnose more severe skin issues. We can then make treatment recommendation based on the cause of your dehydrated skin. Ointments, creams and over the counter of prescription medication along with lifestyle adjustments may be recommended. Our treatments may include exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells, along with hydrating masks and skin infusions to pump moisture back into the skin.
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We also have a wide range of skincare ranges that can assist in easing dehydration and promoting moisture retention within the skin.
Please contact us on (07) 5539 9534 to book a complimentary skin consultation with one of our Dermal Therapists.